The Chairman of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, has expressed his party’s deep sense of apprehension about the secretive and silent manner with which the Electoral Commission is conducting affairs towards the 2012 elections, describing it as a recipe for disaster.

In light of this, Jake has stated emphatically that the NPP would not be a supporter of the flawed and opaque process the Electoral Commission is currently embarking on in handling the impending Biometric Voter Registration exercise.

Read more...

In the 2008 general elections Nana Akufo-Addo had to do four things, two positive and the other two negative. On the positive side, he had to campaign on President Kufuor’s record to justify why the NPP had to be allowed to continue ‘moving Ghana forward.’ Also, he had to tell Ghanaians what his message for the future was -- what he intended to do if given power.

Here he had to be careful and avoid charges like why the NPP did not do what he is promising to do in the nearly eight years that it had been in power.

Read more...

“Slavery, colonialism and globalisation have one thing in common - they exploit those who are weak but are rich in resources. They exploit those who allow others to determine their lives and their value as means to ends. We are resourceful people from a rich land. We have no reason to allow anyone to determine our goals and our policies. Our generation of Ghanaians and Africans must refuse to be victims of globalisation and become its beneficiaries and masters.”

The above words were delivered by Nana Akufo-Addo when he made a strong case in 2007 to be allowed the opportunity to lead Ghana to the next level

Read more...

President John Evans Atta Mills has already made history by being the first president to face a primary challenge. It is becoming increasingly likely that he will also become the first one-term president. When he finally becomes a one-term president, the political historians will propound various theories to explain his defeat.

I want to go on record as one of those who not only saw the president’s imminent defeat but also put forth seven (7) drivers of the prognosis.

Read more...

Other Stories

Verification and Validation Issues in Electronic Voting
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. Click here for full report
Danquah Institute Reacts to Bogus Polls On NPP General Secretary Race
The attention of the Danquah Institute has been drawn to a story making the rounds on social media and now on www.ghanaweb.com, as well, titled “Danquah Institute predicts 64.7% win for Kwabena Agyepong.”
A strong Parliament is key to fighting corruption - Minority Leader
The Minority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, has stated that strengthening Parliament’s financial oversight responsibilities is critical to combating corruption. He noted that “the evil enterprise of corruption which has become cancerous in Ghana”, explaining that Parliament has no option than to demonstrate extreme concern about the problems and threats that corruption poses to the stability and security of the country. He said corruption undermines state institutions and the values of democracy, as well as cultural and traditional values and the justice system. According to him these work against sustainable development and the rule of law.
Defending a negative highlights a negative, but character is key
In the 2008 general elections Nana Akufo-Addo had to do four things, two positive and the other two negative. On the positive side, he had to campaign on President Kufuor’s record to justify why the NPP had to be allowed to continue ‘moving Ghana forward.’ Also, he had to tell Ghanaians what his message for the future was -- what he intended to do if given power. Here he had to be careful and avoid charges like why the NPP did not do what he is promising to do in the nearly eight years that it had been in power.
Danquah Institute Holds Conference on Biometric Voter Registration and E-Voting
The Danquah Institute, with support from other civil society groups, Development Partners and the Electoral Commission of Ghana, will on Monday, organise a 2-day seminar to interrogate the viability of Electronic Voting and the challenges and advantages of a biometric voter register in Ghana for the 2012 general elections and beyond. It will be the first of Danquah Institute’s Annual Governance & Development Dialogue Series. The two-day conference takes place at the Alisa Hotels, North Ridge, Accra, Ghana, on Feb 8-9, 2010. The first day will be devoted to Biometric Voter Registration; with Day 2 probing the question whether or not e-voting could work in Ghana and if so which model(s) would suit our environment.
National Conference on Viability of Electronic Voting in Ghana
The Danquah Institute will convene a major national symposium to examine and advocate for biometric voting for the 2012 elections. Bringing together experts on biometric technology with prominent decision-makers from Ghana, this event will seek to advance understanding of the benefits of utilising biometric data to enhance the reliability and security of elections.The timing of this event is also useful, considering next year’s national census programme and the second phase of the National Identification registration exercise. The event is being organised with the help of professional event organisers, Global Media Alliance more >>>
 Charlotte Osei appointed new EC boss
President John Dramani Mahama has, in accordance with Article 70(2) of the 1992 Constitution, appointed Mrs. Charlotte Osei as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana.
Obama's Africa Policy
Africans regard the American president very much as one of their own. That much has been evident ever since Barack Obama, the American son of a Kenyan, emerged as a presidential candidate in 2007. And President Obama, to his credit, has a good feel for the Africans. He should. This son of an American-trained African academic spent a lot of vacation time visiting with his Kenyan family long before it became clear that he had eyes for the American presidency. Those visits enabled Obama's African relatives to adjudge him a fine human being for his down-to-earth ways and how easily he adapted to their simple ways.It is perhaps not surprising, therefore, that Africans hung so much of their hopes on Obama and greeted his election, in November 2008, as the first African-American president of the United States of America, with pride and euphoria and great expectations. A continent blighted, since the middle of the 20th century, by repeated setbacks resulting from poor governance, corruption and underdevelopment saw possibilities of rescue in the election of President Obama.
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.
Supreme Court issues directions on election petition
The three petitions challenging the outcome of the March 4 presidential elections have been mentioned this morning at the Supreme Court. A six-judge bench led by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has given its directions to the advocates representing petitioners and respondents in the cases. According to the orders given today by the Chief Justice, petitioners and respondents have been told to desist from “prosecuting the merits of the cases in any forum other than the Supreme Court,”