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 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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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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Statement on Issues with Gas Infrastructure Development
Friends of the media, the Danquah Institute called you here to the Accra International Press Centre today, Wednesday, December 21, 2011, for a very good reason. First, Ghana is positioned to be the world’s fastest growing economy this year and this has been made possible by the singular fact that 2011 marks Ghana’s maiden full year as an oil-producing economy. Beyond the lifting of crude oil, Ghana stands to build a multi-billion dollar petro-chemical industry from the monetisation of its natural gas. Click here for full statement
Biometrics Voter Registration in Ghana: An Analysis of Gaps, Risks and Mitigation Controls
Biometric voter registration represents a means to accurately capture unique physical features of an individual in addition to demographic data of the Ghanaian voter. The intent of implementing this project is to prevent multiple voter registration and voting, as well as mitigating the incidence of voter fraud. This document aims to highlight and address gaps in the Biometric registration process as well as offer mitigation controls to limit the amount of risks that the implementation of this project presents. Click here for full report
The National Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress, Dr. Kwabena Adjei, has served notice that the executive arm of government could intervene and save the image of the Judiciary if the Chief Justice does not act quickly to correct growing public criticisms that the Judiciary has increasingly become politically bias. He said some judges are fast losing credibility and has therefore asked the Chief Justice, Justice Georgina Woode, to intercede and reverse the trend.
Record Of Ghana's Historical Past
The recent inauguration of the Kobina Sekyi Memorial Lectures, in addition to the already established J.B. Danquah and Kwame Nkrumah annual lectures, provides an opportunity to draw special attention to the neglected aspects of Ghana’s political history in order to set the record straight for the younger generation. Our youth seem to have a very limited knowledge and appreciation of the background to Ghana’s independence struggle and its singular significance. We need to go beyond superficial and partisan analysis of past events to recognise the contributions made across the board to Ghana’s position in the world today.
33% Ghanaians to vote based on employment
A survey conducted by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has revealed that 33 percent of Ghanaians say employment creation is the third most important issue they will consider before they vote. At a ceremony to outline the findings to the media, Mrs. Gertrude Zakaria-Ali Director of Reasearch at the NCCE said the research conducted in March this year, was to ascertain the issues of importance to voters in the run up to the December polls.
It looks like a very, very bad deal - reminiscent of the bad old days of naive and greedy African politicians. Even before production begins, Ghana’s new-found oil wealth is being scandalously mortgaged for a deal that should have gone to Ghanaian companies at about half the price we are paying a foreign company that, according to reports, is neck-deep in debt and effectively insolvent. It is arguably a most unpatriotic piece of agreement even by the standards of a corrupt and undemocratic government. One of the financial agreements that the Mills-Mahama administration sought to push through recently, under a certificate of urgency when Parliament was on recess, was a Suppliers Credit Financing Agreement between the Government of Ghana and STX Engineering and Construction Limited (subsidiary of the STX Group, Korea) for an amount of US$1,525,443,468.00 for the construction of 30,000 housing units for the security services. Thankfully, the Minority asked for some more time and details for deeper study.
Supreme Court Battle between Nana & Mahama begins today
Having considered and ruled on more than 20 interlocutory applications filed by the various parties in the election petition brought before it by the 2012 New Patriotic Party flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; his vice, Mahamudu Bawumia and the party’s chairman, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, the nine-member Supreme Court panel, presided over by Justice William Atuguba, will today begin hearing of the substantive case. During its last adjourned hearing on April 2, the court directed the respondents in the petition to file their written affidavits within five days from service of petitioners’ affidavits on them.
Onetime premium is the biggest hoax in Ghana's political history - Akufo-Addo
Flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has scoffed at the proposed one-time premium under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) by government describing it as the “biggest political hoax”.The one-time premium policy promised by the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in their 2008 manifesto appears to be a limbo barely two months to the end of its four-year term in office.
2012 Budget Speech
Madam Speaker, I beg to move that this honourable House approves the Financial Policy of the Government of Ghana for the year ending 31st December, 2012. Madam Speaker, in doing so, I humbly stand before you to present the fourth Budget Statement and Economic Policy on behalf of the President, His Excellency, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills in accordance with article 179 of the 1992 Constitution. Click here for full Budget Speech
A ruling not in the supreme interest of the nation
In a 5-4 ruling, the nine-panel Justices of Ghana’s Supreme Court on August 29 dismissed the petition filed by the NPP, challenging the validity of the Dec 7, 2012 presidential election won by the current president, John Mahama. Nana Akuffo-Addo, the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) challenger and petitioner called the president to concede defeat and congratulated him. He also called on his supporters to accept the verdict, though he disagreed with it, and later announced that he was going to take some time off politics to rest.