Wednesday, sounding rather frail, the absentee Minister of Health, gave interviews to say that no, he had not gone on leave to campaign in his constituency. He was only there to ‘interact’ as part of his medical leave. Joseph Yieleh Chireh was reacting to a report in the Chronicle that while patients were suffering under the doctors’ strike, the minister responsible was campaigning in his Wa West Constituency, Upper West Region.

The Chronicle said “Mr Yieleh Chireh was at the Dabu Electoral Area in the Upper West Region on Tuesday, holding meetings with NDC executives in the constituency, in a bid to retain him to contest the [parliamentary] elections” next year.

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Voter registration is highly complex and is the single most expensive activity within the framework of elections. Voter registration is not just the technical implementation of an activity; it is a holistic political, administrative and practical process. The role of voter registration is especially important when it comes

to emerging democracies: it can make or break an election. The quality of the process and the product – that is, the voters’ roll – can determine the outcome of an election and consequently the stability of the democratic institutions in acountry.

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New oil, Chinese investment, stable government, highest growth in the world: Ghana is a new success story. But be careful with the exact figures.

While all countries revise their GDP numbers and other accounts, Ghana’s revision of the data takes some beating. The Q2 GDP figure was reported in September as 33.5 per cent. The new figure? 16.4 per cent, less than half. Other numbers given for individual sectors are even further reduced.

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A financial analyst and CEO of SEM Capital, Dr. Sam Mensah, has said that Ghana needs to raise its credit ratings as an alternative to facilitate any form of borrowing especially on the capital market.

He made the assertion during a roundtable discussion organized by the Danquah Institute and partnered by the World Bank and Citi FM on the three billion Chinese loan facility, which has been contracted by the Ghana government for various development projects.

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Decisions of the 15 African Union summit
This weekend, 30 to 31 January 2011, the heads of state of the African Union are holding their 16th AU summit in Addis Ababa. The 15th AU summit held in Kampala, Uganda, from 19 to 27 July, 2010, adopted the following decisions: On the Theme of the Summit: “Maternal, infant and child Health and Development in Africa” adopted actions to be undertaken in various Member State, in particular the actions aimed at attaining the MDGs 4, 5 and 6, including the launching of CARMMA, mobilisation of adequate resources for integrated health programmes up to 15% of national budgets, the sharing of best practices within regions, regular evaluation and reporting of progress achieved by Member States;
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.
DI press statement on illegal money transfers
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are grateful to you for honouring our invitation to attend this press conference. The purpose of today’s gathering is primarily to brief you and the general public on research undertaken on illegal money transfers to Ghana from the Diaspora and its effects on the Ghanaian economy. You can ask questions after this session and they will be duly answered. As some of you may recall the Danquah Institute in March 2010 invited a leading legal expert on money laundering and offshore banking, John Hardy QC, to Ghana to deliver a paper on the subject. The objective of the lecture was to educate the financial sector, the business community, policy makers, the general public and the international community about the prospect of Ghana’s offshore status and measures that needed to be taken to safeguard the status against money laundering.
KEY: C1: OVER VOTES BASED ON BALLOT ISSUED C3: BIOMETRIC VERIFICATION MACHINE NOT USED DS: SAME SERIAL NUMBER USED ON MULTIPLE REDSHEETS DP: DIFFERENT RESULTS FOR THE DAME POLLING STATION CODE NS: SIGNATURE OF PRESIDING OFFICER OR ASSISTANT MISSING UK: UNKNOWN POLLING STATIONS FOR POLLING STATIONS AFFECTED BY MULTIPLE VIOLATIONS &IRREGULATIONS, THE COMBINATION OF THE IRREGULARITIES ARE SHOWN IN THE "CAT" COLUMN Click Here for Full Document
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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.”
PRESIDENT MAHAMA MUST EXPLAIN THE SEIZURE OF GHANA’S GOLD IN TURKEY
The Danquah Institute is deeply concerned about news from Turkey and in the international media to the effect that 1.5 tons of Ghana’s gold, which was said to be heading for the Islamic Republic of Iran, was seized in Turkey. The 1.5 tons of gold, worth some $80 million, is said to be “Ghana’s financial commitments to Iran” over a transaction, details of which are not known to the public. Interestingly, this seemingly curious transaction took place over the election period and at the time of the transition. What is also curious is the choice of the President to travel to Turkey around the time of this unspoken crisis and yet this issue has not featured in any official communication about the Presidential trip.
The Economic Report on Africa 2011
The economic Report on Africa 2011, a joint publication of the United Nations Economic Commission forAfrica (ECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC),was prepared under the leadership of Abdoulie Janneh,ECA's Executive Secretary, and Jean Ping, Chairpersonof AUC, with the active involvement of Maxwell Mkwezalamba, Commissioner for Economic Affairs. Thereport team benefited from the guidance and supervisionof Emmanuel Nnadozie, ECA's Director of EconomicDevelopment and NEPAD Division (EDND) and RenéKouassi N'Guettia, Director of the Economic AffairsDepartment, AUC. Lalla Ben Barka, former Deputy Executive Secretary of ECA and Jennifer Kargbo, DeputyExecutive Secretary facilitated discussion of the themeof the Report. more >>>
Spain Elections 2011: Conservative Popular Party Wins Overwhelming Victory
Throw a dart at a map of Europe now and it takes expert aim to hit a country run by a left-of-center government, especially after Spain's Socialists were emphatically drubbed out of power over the weekend. Although the shift to the right began years ago in such heavyweights as France and Germany, it is now all but complete three years into the continent's grinding debt and economic crisis. Why? When times get tough – when "the cows get thin" as the Spanish say – political experts say edgy voters seek comfort with conservatives.
DI raises issues over STX funding
The Danquah Institute is calling on Government to bring back the US$1.5 billion suppliers’ credit facility agreement with STX (Gh) Ltd for the construction of 30,000 housing units to Parliament since subsequent difficulties with efforts to raise funding and the ambiguity, changes and re-arrangements with sources of funding have altered fundamentally the integrity of the terms and conditions of the agreement which Parliament approved last year. Last year, the Government of Ghana reached an agreement with STX of Korea, through its subsidiary in Ghana, for the construction of 200,000 houses in Ghana within a period of five years at a total cost of US$10 billion.