The theory of evolution by Charles Darwin teaches us about natural selection—i.e. survival of the fitters. We can survive as a nation when we have established a strong and solid educational system. It is a solid educational system that can deliver the country from abject poverty to economic freedom.

It is a shame to witness the way we address issues of education in the country. It appears populism and political showdown have been the rationale behind addressing educational issues in the country instead of allowing ourselves to be informed by evidence on the ground.

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Budgets have become annual rituals and have defined the directions of the economy. It therefore does not evoke the level of interests it did in the past. However, the last two Budget Statements of the Government of Ghana have been significant for two reasons.

First, the introduction of oil revenues to the budget has raised expectations of Ghanaians for improvement in their living conditions and whether oil could provide that boost is a function of its management which the Budget has responsibility for.

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It features Nana Akufo-Addo, John Atta Mills, Jerry Rawlings, John Kufuor, Afari-Gyan, Kwesi Pratt, Hannah Tetteh, Rojo Mettle-Nunoo and Kwabena Agyepong, among others, and it has received great reviews across the globe, with the Los Angeles Times describing the documentary feature film as “the gripping examination of Ghana's 2008 presidential contest on display.”

It is a movie, which is likely to reignite the kind of sensation that gripped the nation after the cable releases from Wikileaks.

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2011 saw dramatic changes in Africa’s governance landscape. Unprecedented popular demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya led to the overturning of a century of autocratic rule in North Africa.These protests, demanding greater political freedom, economic opportunity, and an end to systemic corruption, have resonated deeply across Africa, sparking calls for change throughout the continent.

Already home to more of the world’s democratizing states than any other region, even modest reverberations from the Arab Spring on Africa’s democratic trajectory will have implications for global governance norms, stability, and development.

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Report on Presidential Election Petition in Ghana
Four months before the 2012 general elections in Ghana, the President and ruling party candidate for the December polls, John Atta Mills, passed away. At the time, the incumbent was down in the polls and his Vice President, John Mahama, who was embroiled in a series of multi-million dollar corruption scandals, was sworn in as President and became the ruling party’s presidential candidate. Ghana had a newly compiled voters’ list compiled earlier in 2012, using biometric technology, to help prevent multiple registrations and avoid repeat voting and impersonation, two of the major problems with previous elections. Accordingly, a new law was passed, which effectively meant: “No Verification, No Vote”. Voters were distributed across 275 constituencies made up of 26,002 polling stations. Click here for full report
De-duplication won’t make register credible – Danquah Institute
Pro –opposition Think Tank, the Danquah Institute says the Electoral Commission (EC’s) decision to use de-duplication processes to rid the voters register of multiple registration will do very little to make the current voters register credible.
Letter from NPP Chairman to EC Boss
We refer you to our previous correspondence on the need to get IPAC convened and deliberating on matters regarding the forthcoming Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise and other issues pertaining to the 2012 general elections. Our call for specific information and material to enable us convince ourselves that the “tender process” leading to the procurement of equipment and materials is credible has fallen on, sadly, deaf ears. Click here for full details of letter
Written Address of Counsel for Petitioners
On the 7th and 8th days of December, 2012, Ghana held its presidential and parliamentary elections. The presidential election was contested by seven (7) candidates who were sponsored by political parties and one (1) other who contested as an independent candidate. The 1st petitioner was the candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). The elections were originally fixed for 7th December, 2012. Polls in certain polling stations were adjourned to 8th December, 2012, owing to the alleged failure of the biometric verification devices (BVD).
Greater Horn Outlook - The Election Train (2010-2012)
The voting season is here once again. Between 2010 and 2012, voters in 10 out of the 11 Great Horn of East Africa (GHEA) countries will go to the polls. The only place where the election train will not stop is Eritrea where elections have been postponed indefinitely since 2001. Who is riding the election train? Will it arrive at a place of increased citizen engagement in the development process? Will it lead to political and economic maturity? Or will the region end up with heightened conflict and polarized polities? Click here for full report
Sim Card Registration against Human Liberties
The plan by the Mills-led National Democratic Congress government to acquire telecommunication monitoring equipment to monitor calls in the country is against human dignity and privacy. It also constitutes unnecessary control and curtailment of the rights of the citizenry.These were the sentiments expressed by Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko and Franklin Cudjo, Executive Director of Danquah Institute and Executive Director of IMANI Center for Policy Education respectively when they addressed participants at a seminar on Liberalism and Liberal Solutions on Thursday.
Oil Receipts and National development
In less than a year the production of oil on the shores of Ghana would go live. Oil is always a commodity on demand. 85 million barrels is how much we consume everyday. Its effect on human life is like the force of gravity and the energy it provides goes to the very heart of the world economy. In spite of the threat from the green revolution, the global demand for oil energy is expected to double in the next three decades. This makes Ghana’s near entry into the oil industry a big thing for the people of this country. Though the start up production figures suggests Ghana would remain infant on the market for sometime to come, revenues accruing from oil production would be additional source of income for national development.
Nkrumah's Celebration Renews Age-Old Debate
The declaration of September 21 as statutory public holiday in honour of Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, has renewed an age-old debate between adherents of the two dominant political traditions in the country regarding the appropriateness of celebrating Nkrumah as the sole founder of the nation.The debate was carried to the campus of the University of Ghana, Legon,Thursday, during which faithful of the Danquah/Busia tradition argued that it was better to honour all those who contributed to the cause of independence than just one person, while advocates of the Nkrumaist tradition justified the honour bestowed on Nkrumah because he stood tallest amongst the rest in the struggle for independence.
This was the speech delivered by Boakye Agyarko, a fellow of the Danquah Institute at the conference hall of the Kwame Nkrumah Complex, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon on Thursday, Sept 17. He made the argument that Ghana's struggle for independence was like a 4x100 relay race and Nkrumah certainly ran the last relay but should not be the only one to climb the platform to take the gold medal.
Nine privately-owned newspapers suspended publication today until further notice in protest against threats and harassment by officials who support Laurent Gbagbo. The move came two days after the main transmission centre of Radio-Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI), the state-owned broadcaster controlled by the Gbagbo camp, was attacked by supporters of Gbagbo’s rival Alassane Ouattara during clashes in the Abidjan district of Abobo. At the same time, a printing press employee of La Refondation, the company that publishes the daily Notre Voie, was beaten and hacked to death yesterday in the south Abidjan suburb of Koumassi. Notre Voie supports Gbagbo’s party, the Ivorian Popular Front (FPL).