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Madam Speaker, thank you for this opportunity to contribute to the motion on the Budget Statement for 2012. The budget is the most important document that governments produce. It is a powerful tool in influencing economic and social development. The budget determines whether there is equitable access to services by different groups of the population such as women, children, the disabled, the poor and other minority groups. more>>

The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko is mocking government’s attempt to reverse the falling standards in education. Results released by the West African Examination Council show that over half of the students who sat for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Exams failed and could not proceed to the Second Cycle Education.

It is reported to be the worst performance in 13 years.

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Elections are around the corner in both America and Ghana and the airwaves are filled with spin. In the United States, former pizza mogul Herman Cain’s campaign is over due to accusations relating to womanizing and harassment.

Here in Ghana, every few days, there are accusations about the moral failings of one candidate or another. There are charges of womanizing, homosexuality, drug use and lack of smarts.

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An Accra High Court (Cocoa Affairs, Court 11) presided over by His Lordship Patrick Baayeh has handed down a heavy judgement on the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) in a case in which three plaintiffs accused the NPAand TOR of inflating fuel prices and using the money for hidden purposes. more>>

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Ghana's total debt hits $12.91 billion and going
Ghana’s total debt has doubled in just two years under President JEA Mills. Documents made available to the New Statesman from policy think tank, Danquah Institute, indicate that Ghana’s total is $12.9 billion currently. At the end of 2008, when the New Patriotic Party left office, Ghana’s domestic debt stood at GH¢4.8 billion (or $3.170bn in today’s exchange rate). At the end of 2010, under the National Democratic Congress, this had shot up to Ghc8.28bn ($5.47bn).
New constituencies to favour NDC – Kyei Baffour
A former President of the National Association of Local Government Authorities (NALAG), George Kyei Baffour, has underscored the fears of the Danquah Institute, which said the Electoral Commission is being coerced by government to create some more constituencies in its favour. According to the policy think-tank, “Ordinarily, the creation of districts, with its apparent purpose of bringing governance closer to the people, would be welcomed.
Supreme Court corrupted the Constitution
The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Mr Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko says he does not intend to apologise to the Supreme Court for his description of the Court’s election petition verdict as ‘corrupt’. The comment which followed the verdict that upheld the validity of President John Dramani Mahama’s election in the 2012 presidential election, has widely been deemed contemptuous.
Report of the Committee on Subsidiary Legislation on the Representation of the People
The Electoral Commission has detected some misplacements and non-placement of certain electoral areas in the proposed instrument. These errors have all been corrected as a result of the meetings that the Commission has held with the Subsidiary Legislation Committee. The errors occurred as a result of the use of a latter version of L.I. 1983 which version was subsequently nullified by a decision of the Supreme Court. Clicke here for full report
Election 2012 petition verdict: Judgement of JSC Ansah
The facts surrounding this suit have been fully played out in near epic dimensions before the public. However, there is no way this suit can be seen as a likeness of the numerous cases on various aspects of our 1992 Constitution. Indeed, I venture to say it cannot be compared to any of the cases touching on various aspects of all our previous Constitutions.
E-voting handbook
E-voting refers to an election or referendum that involves the use of electronic means in at least the casting of the vote. The introduction of e-voting raises some of the same challenges as are faced when applying electronics to any other subject, for example e-government. Politicians or administrators may perhaps expect that a paper version of a certain service or process can simply be taken and put on the Internet. Unfortunately, the reality is more complex, and nowhere more so than with e-voting. Click here for full article
Efforts by political stakeholders to lobby the Electoral Commission (EC) to adopt a biometric voting system during Election 2012 have been boosted by authorities of Meridian Pre-University, who introduced the technology for students' election. The Meridian biometric system would be used for checking students' attendance to lectures and elections, a mechanism considered as the first for any educational institution in Ghana and West Africa.
Akufo-Addo offers Transformational Leadership to Build a New, Industrial Economy
Ghana’s main opposition party, the New Patriotic Party, is preparing to launch its 2012 Manifesto on Saturday, August 25. But, before then, The New Statesman can reveal, exclusively, that the document lays out a detailed programme on how to transform Ghana, under “an action-oriented, transformational leader”. The NPP believes the National Democratic Congress has failed and must be changed for hope and confidence to be restored in order to move Ghana forward.
Uganda ministers Bumba and Makubuya resign after probe
The committee said President Yoweri Museveni was not responsible for the compensation sum paid out Two cabinet ministers in Uganda at the centre of a corruption scandal have resigned. They agreed to step down after a parliamentary investigation found they had illegally paid out millions of dollars to a city businessman.
TWO DECADES OF FREEDOM: What South Africa Is Doing With It, And What Now Needs To Be Done
As the 20th anniversary of the birth of democracy in South Africa, on April 27 2014, approaches, it seems a perfect opportunity to take a step back and get a long-range perspective on the important question: “So, what has Nelson Mandela’s South Africa done with its freedom?” Goldman Sachs has produced this report in the hope of contributing to- wards a more balanced narrative on South Africa; one, which in the wake of 2012’s tragic events at Marikana, had become somewhat hysterical, short-term and often negative