The paper problematises the issues of democracy and good governance in Africa and analyses their future prospects especially in the 21st century. Liberal democracy and good governance, beside market reforms are the new puzzle words on the global agenda. Indeed, the three issues appear to be organically linked in the present context, with the hegemony of the liberal capitalist ideology in the international arena.

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The Republic of Ghana benefits from strong GDP growth, strengthening oil production volumes, and a track record of political stability. However, it continues to suffer from weak fiscal management highlighted by a widening of the fiscal deficit in 2010 and increased supplier arrears.

We are therefore affirming our 'B/B' foreign- and local-currency sovereign credit ratings on the Republic of Ghana. The stable outlook balances our view of the country's strong growth prospects and track record of political stability against its weak payment culture and fiscal challenges.

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The clamor for democracy all over the globe is not accidental. Those who go about such business of agitating for democratization are convinced that no society truly desirous of development can ignore democracy. The democratic experiences of the developed countries of the world lend credence to the truth of this claim. However, the reverse seems to be the case in many of the third world countries where there has been a huge golf between the anticipated gains of democracy and the reality on ground.

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A national opinion poll conducted by international market research organization, Synovate, has the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, 5 percentage points ahead of his closest rival, President JEA Mills, Presidential Candidate of the ruling National Democratic Congress, in the run up to the 2012 general elections.

However, if elections were held today Nana Akufo-Addo would lead but still fall short of the more than 50% mark required for outright victory. The opinion poll carried out in September this year surveyed a total of 1,723 respondents.

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'Let My Vote Count Alliance' Still defiant…. As Madina Police grants them bail
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Report: Universal healthcare in any country requires mandate
WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- The United States is the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world but when it comes to healthcare coverage, it is only on par with developing nations like Ghana and Brazil, a Council on Foreign Relations report states. The CFR conducted a roundtable discussion Tuesday on the findings of its newly released report -- "The New Global Health Agenda: Universal Health Coverage" -- which deals with the economic advantages of universal healthcare.
The Supreme Court Showed Its Timidity In The Mornah Case
It appears whiles freedom fighters like Aung San Suu Kyi are calling for the judiciary, as an institution, to be “strengthened and released from political interference”, our courts in Ghana find it ok to park the wheels of justice on the compounds of the legislature, expecting to be towed out of there at the pleasure of the executive. If ever there was a farcical case that the Supreme Court was ever called upon to exercise its constitutional powers in order to assert the independence of the judiciary in line with the doctrine of the separation of powers, and stay off any undue reach of the hands of the other two arms of government to frustrate the administration of justice, then the Bernard Mornah case was it.
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DI damns GTV’s shameless pro-NDC bias in election season
Ghana Television (GTV) in this election period has chosen to ignore all other Presidential Candidates to become a propaganda mouthpiece for the ruling party. This must be highlighted and stopped now as the campaign heats up. With less than four months to the December 7 general elections, the presidency must not be exploited as a PR pretense to offer to offer unfair airtime to one party against all others. The public broadcaster should be conscious of its responsibility to offer fair coverage to all contenders. GTV, expectedly, has been following religiously the activities of our new President, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, bringing them to the living rooms of Ghanaians and it has been doing so by devoting an inordinately large chunk of its news coverage on every political activity of the President.
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Ghana seeks 40-year plan binding successive governments
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Card reader saved our democracy from election-riggers – Mike Igini, ex-INEC chief
Barrister Mike Igini was, until recently, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, for Cross River and Edo States respectively. In this interview, he bares his mind on the use of the card  reader  for the 2015 general elections. Excerpts:
GSS hoodwinks Ghanaians - Where is the 2010 census report?
The Danquah Institute (DI) has observed with disappointment and pity the press conference held by the Ghana Statistical Service last week, ostensibly, to announce the 2010 Population and Housing Census Results to the Ghanaian people. What transpired that day was shameful and an insult to the intelligence of the people of Ghana. To our dismay, no census report, per se, was presented to Ghanaians by the GSS.
REPORT OF THE ELECTORAL REFORMS COMMITTEE SUBMITTED TO THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA
We, members of the Electoral Reforms Committee wish to thank the almighty God for the strength, health and travelling mercies granted us throughout our various meetings, discussions and retreat sessions held outside Accra in executing our mandate as spelt out in our Terms of Reference. We thank the Chairman and Members of the Electoral Commission for giving us the opportunity to serve mother Ghana. To Mr Gabriel Pwamang the consultant to the Committee, we say: “...we are grateful to you for your assistance and for bringing your competence, expertise and legal acumen to bear on the work of the Committee.” Read more >>>