The 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, met with British Prime Minister, David Cameron, MP, last Thursday. Nana Akufo-Addo was in London for the two-day (November 10-11, 2011) 11th Party Leaders’ Meeting of the International Democrat Union (IDU), hosted by the UK Conservative Party.

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Civil unrest in the aftermath of Kenya’s 2007 elections prompted the government of Kenya to completely overhaul its system of managing elections. The IIEC was formed to replace the previous Electoral Commission of Kenya and charged with the mission to institutionalize sustainable electoral processes that would guarantee fair elections.

The mandate of the IIEC covered all aspects of implementing elections including reform of the electoral process; conducting a fresh registration of all Kenyan voters to create a completely new voter register; developing a modern system for collection, collation, transmission and tallying of electoral data and promoting voter education.

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Coup leaders must seize and hold central authority for at least one week to be considered a “successful” coup d’etat. The names of coup “leaders” listed are those named in reports, accusations, and/or subsequent trials. The date of the coup event is the beginning date for successful or attempted coups and the date of announcement for discovered coup plots and coup allegations.

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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?

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The Danquah Institute has predicted that Government is "very likely" to miss its revised end-of-year inflation target of 14.5%, despite projections by the highly reputable Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA) that inflation could fall to 14.2% by the end of December. The institute also fears that World Bank prediction that another 500,000 Ghanaians would fall below the poverty line by 2010 “may be alarmingly conservative, considering subsequent unimpressive economic indicators since that prediction was made in June.”
Ace Ankomah explains to all ye lay men why Woyome-gate stinks
There are a lot of things flying all around and above us about a man whose name has over the past few months become a noun, a verb, an adjective and any other literary device you may want to attribute it to. I had frankly never heard the name Woyome until the Chronicle blew the lid over some gargantuan amount (with all due respect and the succinct permission of a certain Martin Amidu) to the whole nation. All kinds of people, most of whom have absolutely no background in law nor finance to investigate or the journalism skill to piece together all of the numbers and laws for us all to understand, have been on air, on TV, on social media all seeking to exonerate government or make government look like a bunch of criminals out to dupe Ghana.
African Economic Outlook: Report on Ghana
The outlook in 2012 and 2013 remains positive with projected GDP growth of 8.3 % (7.6% non-oil) and 7.7 % (6.3 % non-oil) in 2012 and 2013 respectively. A key risk to the fiscal outlook for 2012 is the possibility of higher public spending pressure due to the elections and wage pressures from the implementation of the new pay policy. The population in the 15-24 age group has an unemployment rate of 25.6 %, twice that of the 25-44 age group and three times that of the 45-64 age group. Click here for full report
Re: Gov't demands retraction, apology from Gabby over 'chop chop' allegation
My attention has been drawn to a statement issued by the Government of the Republic of Ghana “demanding an immediate substantiation or a retraction and apology from the NPP’s Gabby Okyere Darko [sic] who said in an interview on Joy Fm on the evening of Thursday 25th August, 2011 that ‘some people who arranged it [the loan] will have access to $30 million when the $3billion loan is approved by Parliament.” The statement from Government added that in the said interview, “Mr Gabby Okyere Darko impugned corruption when he made the following remarks: ‘Why is this so called Master Facility Agreement before Parliament because it doesn’t automatically lead to the project being funded? It doesn’t.
Muslim Publics Oppose Al Qaeda's Terrorism, But Agree With Its Goal of Driving US Forces Out
A study of public opinion in predominantly Muslim countries reveals that very large majorities continue to renounce the use of attacks on civilians as a means of pursuing political goals. At the same time large majorities agree with al Qaeda's goal of pushing the United States to remove its military forces from all Muslim countries and substantial numbers, in some cases majorities, approve of attacks on US troops in Muslim countries. more >>>
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
Press Release: Spio-Garbrah’s Disappointing Comments On Cote D’ivoire
After reading Ekwow Spio-Garbrah’s 1,940-word article, “PRESIDENT ATTA-MILLS IS RIGHT ON COTE D’IVOIRE”, I summed up my impression in this wall-posting on my Facebook: “Poor Spio-Garbrah, he manufactures his own version of the NPP stance on La Cote d'Ivoire, damns it and uses it as a basis to spio himself back into Millsian relevance. It must be cold out there - opposition while in government must be hell!” Dr Spio-Garbrah wrote in his article published on Thursday, 27 January: “The same New Patriotic Party (NPP), which in the 1960s called for a ‘constructive engagement’ with Apartheid South Africa, today calls for war on our neighbour Cote d'Ivoire to resolve a simple internal electoral dispute. Such a reckless gun-toting policy of the NPP will not be faithful to the Ghana Constitution or be keeping with either the theory or practice of international relations.”
Abu Ramadan files application for review in Mornah case
Take Notice that Counsel for and on behalf of the Applicant herein will move this Honourable Court on an application for review of the decision of the court, Coram: Ansah JSC (Presiding), Adinyira (Mrs.), Owusu (Ms.), Anin-Yeboah, Gbadegbe, Akoto-Bamfo (Mrs.) and Benin JJSC, dated 30th April 2013 upon the grounds contained in the accompanying affidavit and for any further order(s) as this Court may deem meet. Click here for full document
Press Release: The Philippines Hold Successful Elections with E-Voting
There is no such thing anywhere in the world as perfect election arrangement, but if democracy in Africa is tosucceed then it requires solutions to the basic instruments of rigging which undermine it. The problems which led to the disenfranchisement of hundreds of UK voters during the May 6 general elections attest to that. Hints from the head of UK’s electoral commission point to future reforms involving election automation technology. Last year, India, a developing nation, showed that electronic voting is the best way forward for democracies around the world. The Danquah Institute believes that the Philippines on Monday, May 10, made an even stronger case for Ghana to consider seriously the proposals to introduce e-voting here. more >>>
STX – Acting Before We Think
When we initially raised concerns about STX, we were ignored, persistence however paid off and now people realize what a bad deal we were being run into. Even the minority in parliament was criticized for not flagging the obvious problems earlier; well they finally got it and succeeded in getting it withdrawn. There’s more. The problems with STX are myriad, whichever way you look at it STX is such a bad deal, it casts a very bad shadow on us as a people, especially on our leaders ability to analyze and judge right. In raising issues however we had to be selective to ensure we pointed out pertinent actionable details, hence our resort to pointing out the incomplete documentation, the Oil Swap, the bloated price etc. These however do not take away the biggest and most serious problem we couldn’t raise in the earlier in order not to complicate things.