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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“Building a society of aspirations and opportunities in Ghana – the path to prosperity” Speech delivered by Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the 1st liberty lecture
{enclose Akufo-AddoLibertySpeech082011.mp3} The Danquah Institute is to be warmly commended for initiating what hopefully will be these annual lectures, and I thank them most sincerely for giving me the honour of delivering the first in the series. The Institute had originally scheduled this lecture to be held on 4th August to commemorate the special significance of that date in our nation’s history and thereby provide the rationale for these Liberty Lectures. Click here for full speech
Is The President Committing Treason?
There is little doubt that Kennedy Agyapong's statement calling on ashantis to "beat ewes and gas" is incendiary, indefensible, inexcusable and deserving of condemnation by all well meaning people. Having said that, I will also add that, as abominable as the statement is, it does not give the government the power to detain Agyapong, on trumped up charges in clear retaliation for exposing the President's role in the Woyome saga. Our Constitution does not just protect love-speech. Indeed, love-speech requires no protection at all. What the Constitution really protects is ugly speech, such as those uttered by the misguided Kennedy Agyapong. If speech does not lead to imminent danger, it must be protected, even if it highly offensive.
The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning has been tasked to lead the preparation of the Ghana’s oil revenue and management law. A preliminary version of the proposals was posted online to solicit inputs. This latest version of the proposal has benefitted immensely from the public feedback. This version also reflects the results of the nation-wide public consultations held and survey questionnaire administered between February 24 and March 21, 2010, and it is made available again for your comments before submission to Cabinet. more >>>
If you ‘Woyomise’ the economy the cedi will depreciate- Bawumia
Dr Mahamadu Bawumia says pumping a lot of money into the economy for no work done is partly the reason for the depreciation of the country’s currency.Describing the phenomenon as "woyomisation of the economy" in reference to the payment of judgement debts to Alfred Woyome, Construction Pioneers and others, the NPP vice presidential candidate said the free fall of the country’s currency is an expression of the lack of confidence in the economy.
DI: $265m STX Insurance is a Rip-Off, Gov’t Can Save $200m with MIGA
Thursday, July 29, 2010:- This week, the Ministry of Finance & Economic Planning submitted, what it termed, “Revised Memorandum to Parliament” and a revised supplier’s credit financing agreement between STX Engineering & Construction Ghana Limited (as ‘Supplier’ – not ‘Lender’) and the Government of Ghana in relation to the $1.5 billion financing of the Security Services Housing Project. In a press statement reacting to this new development after the agreement was withdrawn from the floor of Parliament recently, the Danquah Institute limited its comments to the fees and insurance premium, which it has condemned as “a total rip-off”.
Riots, debts and the creeping fear of a looming Lost Decade – no wonder there is pessimism in Europe. But what we are seeing is not just “financial crisis, part two”; it is “sustainable growth challenge, part one”. The difference has implications for policy. Get the diagnosis wrong and the wrong treatment will follow. The €750bn ($944bn, £652bn) package to defend the euro buys time. But it is not enough. So far, the world has focused on fiscal contraction and debt, but these are only half the story. The world and Europe also need a return to robust growth. Without it the fiscal adjustments will be more painful and the politics more unmanageable.
NPP: The EC Must Not Tamper With Biometric Verification Machines
Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, the General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party, today called upon the Electoral Commission to clarify the status of all biometric verification machines used in the December 7/8 elections. His call comes amid reports of District Returning Officers, including from Akwatia and Old Tafo, alleging that they have received instructions from Accra to reset to zero verification machines used at the polling stations.
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.
Technology is the solution to Illiteracy – Mr. Kofi Bentil
Mr. Kofi Bentil of IMANI Ghana has stated that the solution to illiteracy in Ghana is the introduction of technology into all spheres of the Ghanaian life.He made this statement at a conference being organised by the Danquah Institute on biometric voter registration and electronic voting in Ghana. The first day of the two days conference was devoted to interrogating the advantages and challenges of introducing biometric voter registration and the second day devoted to e-voting in Ghana.
Ghana Lauded For Its Democratic Credentials
Mr Ralf Wittek, Country Representative of Hanns Seidel Foundation, a based German organisation which specializes in political education, has lauded Ghana for the successes it had chalked as far as democracy on the African continent was concerned. He also lauded the civil society for forming an integral part of Ghana’s public discussions landscape and for helping to educate the citizenry on issues of governance.Mr Ralf Wittek, Country Representative of Hanns Seidel Foundation, a based German organisation which specializes in political education, has lauded Ghana for the successes it had chalked as far as democracy on the African continent was concerned.