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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Potential Implementation Challenges of the Petroleum Revenue Management Act (Act 815)
The Petroleum Revenue Management Act 815 is one of the major steps taken by Ghana since the Country began the development of the policy and legal frameworks to manage expected oil and gas revenues. The Act is the result of wider consultations and I am happy to state that civil society feel empowered because most of the recommendations we made were taken on by both government and parliament. The provision to establish a Public Interest and Accountability Committee is another demonstration by our country to set good examples of how petroleum revenues can be managed transparently.
Drug Trafficking: Has it really been reduced?
The Danquah Institute has questioned the validity of the claims from the Presidency that the incidence of drug trafficking in the country has been reduced. Even though President Mills during his campaign pledged to vigorously fight the menace, the reported shortage of drugs by the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) last week can not be simply explained as the result of increased efforts by the government and security agencies.Nana Attobrah Quaicoe, Head of Research at the Danquah Institute remarked: “Governance is essentially about policies, legislations and enforcements and not mere indications or speculations; it is particularly worrying because it is difficult to point at any new policy or legislation of the new government in this regard. There is no statistics to back the claims, no coast guards nor sniffer dogs at border post and indeed we don’t even know of any increment in budgetary allocation to NACOB.”
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.
Halt E190 and Hangar Deal for Proper due Diligence to be done
The Danquah Institute is calling on the Presidency to, as a matter of urgency suspend the acquisition of one (1) Embraer 190 aircraft at a financing cost of $105 million including the construction of a hangar at the cost of $17 million for the Ghana Air Force, to be financed by commercial loans. This is to enable an independent due diligence check to be carried out, in order to properly assess the value-for-money aspect of the two transactions and consider the appropriateness of the two acquisitions per their stated purposes as provided by Government.
Ghana Condemns Coup D'etat In Mali
Ghana yesterday condemned the unwarranted military seizure of power in Mali during the early hours of Thursday, March 22. She has therefore, joined ECOWAS and AU in demanding that the military junta, the National Committee for the Rectification of Democracy and Restoration of the State (CNRDR), and its leader, Captain Amadou Aya Sanogo, take immediate steps to relinquish power and return Mali to legality and constitutional rule.
Financial Times on Nigeria: SEC interview transcript
As Nigeria’s new securities regulator, Arunma Oteh has a tough task ahead of her. Africa’s second-biggest stock market is struggling to recover from a crash that has wiped $50bn off its market capitalisation from its March 2008 peak. Allegations of foul play abound – to be probed in the investigation Ms Oteh has ordered. In her first interview with a foreign media organisation since taking up her post as director general of the Securities and Exchange Commission at the start of the year, Ms Oteh tells Tom Burgis, the FT’s West Africa correspondent, of her “transformation agenda”. more >>>
STX CEO: Korean Gov't To Fund Housing Deal
The Chief Executive Officer of STX Engineering & Construction Ghana Limited, Bernard Kwabena Asamoah has stated categorically that funding for the 200,000 housing units that STX intends to build in Ghana will receive funding from the South Korean government. Mr B K Asamoah said the 30,000 housing units agreement with the Government of Ghana at the cost of $1.5 billion will be pre-financed by the Korean Government.
DI: Use Wulensi by-election as pilot exercise  for biometric register and verification
The Danquah Institute has learnt with some regret the news that the Electoral Commission intends to use the old 2008 voters' register for the upcoming July 31 Wulensi by-election. We write to encourage the EC to have a rethink and proactively take the opportunity that this unexpected by-election represents to use Wulensi as a pilot test for the new technology of using a biometric voters' list and biometric verification system for our general elections.
Oil and the 2012 Budget Statement – Reflections on the Ghanaian Economy
Budgets have become annual rituals and have defined the directions of the economy. It therefore does not evoke the level of interests it did in the past. However, the last two Budget Statements of the Government of Ghana have been significant for two reasons. First, the introduction of oil revenues to the budget has raised expectations of Ghanaians for improvement in their living conditions and whether oil could provide that boost is a function of its management which the Budget has responsibility for. Click here for full article
Police Must Prosecute Corrupt EC/STL Officials Statement by LMVCA
Ladies and Gentlemen, let me add a few words to the erudite case just made for scrapping the current register and compiling a new one for the 2016 polls.