By the middle of July, the nation expects its sovereign Parliament to debate and vote on the constitutional amendment intended to change the date for holding general elections in Ghana from December 7 to November 7. Since, 1992, when the presidential election was held in November, all subsequent ones were held on December 7. The bill needs both Parliamentary Majority and Minority to agree in order to become law.

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In recent months, political parties in Ghana including the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the Convention People’s Party (CPP), the Progressive People’s Party, religious groups, the media and civil society groups such as the Let My Vote Count Alliance have made the case for urgent and honest electoral reform in the lead up to the November 2016 elections.

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Voter Validation is an exercise aimed at cleaning up the voter register, and is considered to be the only feasible solution at this stage, as a lesser alternative to compiling a whole new register.  The Electoral Commission’s Panel of Experts, the team tasked with making recommendations to Mrs Charlotte Osei and the EC leadership on how to get a credible register for 2016, has told the EC to carry out Validation, because it is at the moment the most viable option for a credible election.

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Pro –opposition Think Tank, the Danquah Institute says the Electoral Commission (EC’s) decision to use de-duplication processes to rid the voters register of multiple registration will do very little to make the current voters register credible.

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GHANA’S TROUBLED ECONOMY Where are the remedies?
On Tuesday, March 5, 2013 the Minister of Finance came to Parliament to deliver the NDC administration’s Budget Statement and Economic Policy for the 2013 financial year. It was a hogwash of assorted patchworks and propaganda. But it was presented as a set of remedies to give the nation a breakthrough, a new beginning and to provide a bail out from the myriad of problems including the huge public debt; the lamentable fiscal deficit, the humongous arrears, unbridled overspending, worsening unemployment, deteriorating utility services, and failing social services. Somehow, government managed to hope that the 2013 budget statement and economic policy would propel real national development in the various sectors.
Ruling: Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwah, Dr Edward Omane Boamah vrs The Attorney General and Jake Obetsebi Lamptey
The plaintiffs as per their writ claim as follows:1. A declaration that, by virtue of Articles 20(5), 20(6), 23, 257, 258, 265, 284 and 296 of the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, 1992, the Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing in the previous Government of His Excellency, President J.A. Kufuor, did not have the power to direct the sale, disposal of transfer of any Government or public land to the 2nd Defendant or any other person or body under any circumstances whatsoever, and that any such direction for disposal, sale or outright transfer of the said property in dispute or any public land to the 2nd Defendant was unconstitutional and illegal. Click here for Justice Atugubah's ruling Click here for Justice Brobbey's ruling Click here for Justice Dotse's ruling
Oil + Tribal Bigotry + Hegemonism-a recipe for civil war in Ghana
Tribal CancerThere is a cancer eating into our national fabric. It is the cancer of tribalism. There are elements in Ghana especially the so-called opinion leaders whose incorrigible mindset of tribal bigotry would derail any inter-tribal harmony and pacification efforts in Ghana. It seems our national leaders have no desire to resolve the issue of tribalism. Tribalism spans the political divide. For most of our post independence history, Ghanaians have lived relatively peaceful lives without regards to tribal or ethnic origins. Today the simmering flame of tribal bigotry has reached epic proportions and unless our national leaders take bold actions to confront it now; Ghana might one day be engulfed in a civil war. Diversity and Harmony in Obuasi.
Petitioners Prove No Double Counting In Analysis, Releases Full List Of 11,138 Polling Stations Under Contention
The Petitioners, Thursday evening, released the full list of the 11,138 polling stations which contain violations, omissions, malpractices and irregularities for which they are asking the Supreme Court to annul. The list which details the polling station name, polling station code, pink sheet serial number of polling station, votes secured by the various parties in those polling stations and the particular irregularities which affected voting and the outcome of elections in those polling stations, proves the Petitioners case that there is no double counting of polling stations in the analysis of the number of votes and polling stations which should be annulled from the declared result of the 2012 Elections.
EC lauds registration exercise
The Electoral Commission (EC) says it is impressed with the level of patronage in the just ended voters registration exercise. According to the Public Relations Officer of the commission, Christian Owusu-Parry, the exercise went on well, having assessed its successes since Sunday.
STX has the capacity to deliver Ghana's housing needs - CEO
Accra, June 9, GNA - STX Construction and Engineering Company of South Korea, on Tuesday discounted media reports that the corporate entity is bankrupt and can therefore not roll out the 200,000 housing deal it clenched with Government. Mr Bernard Kwabena Asamoah, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Partner of STX said: "A company that is broke cannot be listed on Korean Stock Exchange.
Akufo-Addo to address maiden liberty lectures at Alisa Hotel
The Danquah Institute has set August 4 as the day to hold its annual Liberty Lectures. The person to deliver the first of the Liberty Lectures this year is Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, a renowned human rights activist, freedom fighter, the Attorney General who repealed the obnoxious Criminal Libel Law and the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, a party which traces its ideological roots to Dr Danquah and the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC). However, because of other commitments of this year’s main speaker, who is presently in South Africa for a similar assignment, the event will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2011, at the Alisa Hotel, Ridge, Accra.
Justice Atuguba Weeps For Legal Aid In Ghana
Majority of Ghanaians are practi- cally denied access to the justice sys- tem because of dire economic needs, and many suspects languish in cells and jails, some as long as 10 years for lack of legal representation. This gloomy picture was painted by Supreme Court Justice William Atuguba, Chair of the Ghana’s Legal Aid Scheme in “A conversation of Access to Justice in Africa: The ex- perience of the Legal Aid Scheme in Ghana February 21 at the Fordham University School of Law, Manhat- tan New York. He conceded that he knew very little of the Legal Aid Scheme until he assumed its chair- manship in 2010. Justice William Atuguba was appointed to Ghana’s Supreme Court in 1996 and is cur- rently the head of the nine-member panel of justices deliberating the landmark electoral lawsuit brought by the main opposition New Patri- otic Party against the Electoral Com- mission. According to Justice Atuguba the Legal Aid Scheme, constitutionally created in 1987 to benefit citizens
Voting: Right or Privilege?
Which constitutional right is the most important? You might answer "freedom of speech" or "free exercise" of religion. Some think it's "the right to keep and bear arms." Criminal lawyers think of the guarantee against "unreasonable searches and seizures," trial lawyers of jury trial in civil cases.But which right appears most often in the Constitution's text?It's "the right to vote."
The Association of Magistrates and Judges (AMJG) has noted with grave concern, the recent press statement of the ruling National Democratic Congress which was delivered by its National Chairman, Dr. Kwabena Adjei in response to a ruling of the High Court that discharged Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobbey and Mr. Kwadwo Mpiani, the two accused persons in the Ghana @ 50 trial. It has become pertinent for us to explain how the Judiciary goes about its work in response to the very issues raised at the Press Conference organized by the NDC on 17th August, 2010.