Electronic democracy (e-democracy) is a necessity in this era of computers and information technology. Electronic election (e-election) is one of the most important applications of e-democracy, because of the importance of the voters’ privacy and the possibility of frauds. Electronic voting (e-voting) is the most significant part of e-election, which refers to the use of computers or computerised voting equipment to cast ballots in an election.

Due to the rapid growth of computer technologies and advances in cryptographic techniques, e-voting is now an applicable alternative for many non-governmental elections. However, security demands become higher when voting takes place in the political arena.

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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 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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NDP joins Let My Vote Count Alliance
The Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings’s led National Democratic Party (NDP) has joined pressure group the Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA).The LMVCA, a pressure group is made up of members of some major opposition parties in Ghana who have embarked on a nationwide campaign to rally support for Nana Akuffo Addo and Co in court.
Brochure: Biometric Voter Registration, Authentication & Verification
AVANTE Biometric Voter Registration Solution creates and prints voter registration form for automatic data capturing with unique identifier. Voters fill in the registration forms. Registration staff assists to ensure completeness and accuracy. The forms are scanned for automatic personal-demographic data capturing. Staff checks the captured data for completeness before direct biometric data capturing. Click here for brochure
Site for Upper West Regional hospital covered by weeds
A visit to the proposed site for the construction of the Upper West Regional Hospital, in Wa, by Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and a team of media men indicates that nearly two years after the sod was cut for construction of the Hospital to begin, not even a single block has been laid on the site.Despite assurances by President Mahama almost three months ago that funding had been fully secured for construction of the hospital to begin, and the project completed within a few months, the site for the proposed hospital has been completely taken over by weeds.
Morality and Leadership  For 2012
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.
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.
What is the real state of our economy - Excerpts of
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the NPP vice presidential candidate for the 2012 elections has cast doubt on the official figures about the state of Ghana’s economy. In a Ferdinand O. Ayim memorial speech he delivered in Accra on Wednesday May 2, 2012 on the subject, “THE STATE OF OUR ECONOMY” Dr. Bawumia gave a cogent and tightly argued analysis of the current state of the Ghanaian economy.
May our oil be the true black gold
‘’May our oil be the true ‘’Black Gold’’ which brings the Black Star of Africa more blessing than Gold brought the Gold Coast.’’ – Kofi Bentil I do not have to consult the Napoleon Book of Faith nor use the Tarot Cards for Divination to say that the ‘Black Gold’ is not likely to bring us all the blessings we expect. It will rather bring us more pains than gold brought the Gold Coast, looking at the trend of events that have unfolded so far. In the first place, political leadership and technocrats in the GNPC and Ministry of Energy, past and present, are not forthcoming with the truth and hard facts about Agreements entered into with the exploiters call the foreign investors.
Report on the Presidential Election Petition in Ghana
The international community, generally, endorsed Ghana’s 2012 elections as “free and fair.” Ghana, the continent’s star of democracy, had done it once again for Africa. John Mahama, the declared winner, was duly sworn in without any violent protests on January 7, 2013. But, the country’s biggest opposition party filed a petition in Ghana’s supreme court, (the first of its kind in the country’s history), challenging the presidential results. Click here for full report
DI: Gov’t must ensure all 2012 BECE students gain SHS access
The Danquah Institute has learnt that out of the 376,859 candidates who sat this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination, 375,258, representing 99.6%, passed the exam and as such qualify for placement into Senior High Schools and Technical and Vocational Institutions. This was stated by the Ghana Education Service in yesterday’s edition of the Daily Graphic. WAEC statistics show that in 1998, 60.36% of students passed the BECE. In 2008, this had increased to 62.16%. From 2009 to 2011, the BECE pass rates have declined, from 50.21% in 2009, 49.12% in 2010 and 46.93% in 2011. To say the least, from 46.93% to 99.6% the following year is mightily exceptional.
DI wants $3bn ‘illegal’ CDB loan cancelled and cured
The Danquah Institute has described the $3 billion China Development Bank loan contracted by the Mills-Mahama led National Democratic Congress government as an illegality as it breaches sections of the Petroleum Revenue Management Act passed by parliament this year. DI is therefore calling for the cancellation and subsequent curing of this loan facility and has urged the parties to the contract to take note of this and proceed to cure it or proceed to their own detriment.