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.

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I enjoy reading biographies but I have over-enjoyed reading the autobiography of the Most Rev. Dr. Asante Antwi. His book, ‘Samuel Asante Antwi – a living story’ is 160-pages of courage, perseverance, patriotism, Christian teachings and achievements of a poor, village boy who saw the heavens as the limit and rose through the firmaments to become the First Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, Ghana.

This autobiography can also be described as a biography of Ghana, from 1937, through the formation of the UGCC in 1947, the confidence and pride of a young, nation with an energetic leadership after Independence after 1957, the dictatorship of the 1960s, the short constitutional interludes, coups and more coups before the last push for the longest, most stable period of constitutional rule since 1957.

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The 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated that the results of Junior High School students who sat for the recent Basic Education Certificate Examination give credence to why “I have made education, education, education, a high priority of an Akufo-Addo administration.”

According to the NPP flagbearer, “this year’s BECE results are at best, negatively, consistent with the results of previous years, except we have more people failing this year, and facing a very bleak future prospect.”

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Dictator Kwame Nkrumah outdid himself last week. He not only flatly refused to free three political prisoners who had been acquitted by Ghana's highest court, but he summarily fired the judge who had presided over their trial.

The defendants, five in all, were charged with treason after Nkrumah was wounded in the shoulder by a bomb in an attempt on his life in August 1962.

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Education is my priority – Nana Addo reaffirms commitment
The 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated that the results of Junior High School students who sat for the recent Basic Education Certificate Examination give credence to why “I have made education, education, education, a high priority of an Akufo-Addo administration.” According to the NPP flagbearer, “this year’s BECE results are at best, negatively, consistent with the results of previous years, except we have more people failing this year, and facing a very bleak future prospect.”
The new mayor of Accra has given street and pavement hawkers up to June 15, 2009 to relocate themselves to the appropriate spaces provided for them. The Mayor has committed several information vans broadcasting in various languages to the masses throughout the metropolis on his impending intention – RID ACCRA OF FILTH. Can he achieve it? That is the big question! So far, the response from the hawkers appears to be that of obstinate stubbornness – “we won’t leave the streets unless they provide cheaper and affordable spaces for us”. He certainly is not the first Mayor to attempt the feat but I think a clean Accra can be attained.
In the last five months alone, President J E A Mills has made two 3-day official trips to Equatorial Guinea and has on both occasions returned to Ghana with news of striking significantly different crude oil deals with his Equatorial Guinean counterpart, President Theodore Nguema Mbasogo. The Danquah Institute is also extremely disturbed by moves by the Government of Ghana to rescue a Korean company that is US$6.3 billion in debt, whilst thousands of Ghanaian companies are also in distress and would require only a fraction of that amount to stimulate them back into productivity and profitability. more >>>
NDC can't buy conscience of Ghanaians - Kufuor
Former President J.A. Kufuor has accused the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of resorting to vote buying ahead of the December 7 elections and warned the party that the conscience of the Ghanaian people is not for sale. Speaking to a large number of New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters and leading members who had braved hours of heavy downpour in Kumasi to attend a rally, Mr. Kufuor said that Ghanaians are wide awake and discerning and that they will vote the NDC out, especially because the vote buying money came from the state.
London (UK) – 23 April 2011 – The Times - Beneath a dilapidated shack Frank Ofori leaps casually into the entrance of a crumbling mineshaft that plunges 200ft into the earth. With a torch strapped to his head and three sticks of dynamite in his back pocket he begins a ten-hour shift underground in the Kenyase mine camp, 200 miles (320km) north of Accra, where thousands of prospectors risk their lives in the hope of finding gold.
Laurent Gbagbo, Cote d’Ivoire's isolated and besieged strongman, has finally been seized by opposition forces in Abidjan. His arrest follows weeks of bloodletting and mayhem in the West African country, fuelled by Gbagbo's stubborn refusal to accept the verdict of elections held last November and by months of incendiary rhetoric from him and others in his camp, inciting violence upon supposed ethnic outsiders like the elections' internationally-recognized victor, Alassane Outtara, and the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the country. But the game is up now for Gbagbo. Much of the Ivorian army supporting him deserted to Ouattara's side or simply melted away. The latest image of Gbagbo is of him looking rather terrified in a room in the Golf Hotel, Ouattara's Abidjan headquarters, which has been defended by a cordon of U.N. peacekeepers who for months had been under threat of attack from Gbagbo’s militia.
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The closest of shaves
Prime Minister Raila Odinga is challenging Uhuru Kenyatta’s narrow win in court after a spate of technical failures at the electoral commission Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidential victory leaves Kenya still a divided nation. He achieved it by engineering a partnership between his fellow Kikuyu and the Kalenjin of his running mate, William Ruto, in the Jubilee Alliance. Locally, the big losers are the rival candidates, Raila Odinga and Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka. Those Western countries which opposed the candidacies of Kenyatta and Ruto now face the problems of dealing with a President and Deputy who are charged with crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The Wuaku Commission report, submitted in November 2002, stated: “Having considered the totality of evidence before the Commission, we have come to the conclusion that the events that took place in Yendi on 25th, 26th, and 27th March, 2002, were criminal acts of an act of war fought between two Gates for which individuals from both Gates are blameable.”It further found that “the illegal stockpiling of arms and ammunitions by both Abudu and Andani royal families and sympathisers made it easier for them to resort to violence.” History tells us that in the 14th century Na Gbewaa established the ancient Kingdom of Greater Dagbon with Pusiga as the capital. His death resulted in a power struggle which saw one of his sons, Zirli murdering his brother, Kufogu in order to assume the skin. That historical account informs us that the killing of Prince Kufogu led to a full-blown war, which ended in the break-up of the Greater Dagbon Kingdom.
Development in Freedom: Empowering the People to Develop the Nation-- Speech by His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor – 2nd Liberty Lecture
Madam Chairman, Fellow Ghanaians, Ladies and Gentlemen. I want to start by expressing my sincere appreciation to the Danquah Institute for the kind invitation to speak at this year’s Liberty Lecture, which commemorates the significance of August 4 to our nation’s history. The inaugural Liberty Lecture was delivered by the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. I have known him for decades, he served in my government as Attorney General and as Minister of Foreign Affairs and, come January 7, 2013, God-willing, he will be the next President of the Republic of Ghana.