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The past eight years have been a disaster for the people of Ghana. Governance standards have slipped and the economy has struggled, making life more difficult for every Ghanaian. Our country, once held up as the gold standard, has fallen markedly behind our peers.

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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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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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Suspicious bank accounts to be frozen — FIC
The Head of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) at the Bank of Ghana, Mr Samuel Essel, has hinted that there are moves underway to freeze the accounts of certain individuals who have lodged huge sums of monies in separate accounts of banks in the country. He said the move has become necessary in view of the inability of the owners of the accounts to disclose the source of the monies.
IBM to open Kenya research lab to tackle traffic jams
IBM and the Kenyan government are to open a tech research hub in Nairobi, in a joint attempt to help solve local issues such as traffic congestion.The US firm already has 11 research outposts around the world. It plans to have up to 50 researchers in the new centre within five years, attracting potential candidates from across the continent.
Ghana loses $480m in oil revenue
An analysis of the petroleum receipts and distribution report, for the period ending 30th September 2011, published by the Dr Kwabena Dufuor on the 21st of November 2011 reveals that Ghana lost a total amount of $479,317,303.30 under the Royalty Tax System it has adopted.
Opinion: Danquah Institutes must be cautious with E-Voting
We, the Grassroot Front Alliance (GRAFA), are in fact impressed with the kind of advocacy for information system (technology) integration into our democratic dispensation by the Danquah Institute (DI). We should have been supporting such a course considering our rich background in Information System Implementation, but we are very careful again against our background. There are a few things we would want to make clear to a few people who are disillusioned and might have fallen in love with DI’s fantasies about e-Voting. We have observed and read a number of articles from DI on their position of Ghana (not) preparing itself for e-Voting and citing in their recent article, countries like Kenya and India who supposedly have (or are on their way in the case of Kenya) implemented the system but failed to mention instances of some part of the USA where there has been some contentions and the Netherlands where on October 30, 2006 e-Voting was decommissioned and had to go back to the traditional paper-based voting barely 24hours to national elections.
Death threats forced GREDA’s back-traction
The Ghana Real Estates Developers Association (GREDA) may have withdrawn its petition to Parliament on the STX housing deal because its executives were threatened with death. Source close to GREDA tell Joy News some members of the association also became worried that their contracts with government could be abrogated after the association criticized the proposed deal with the Korean company, but GREDA has declined to confirm or deny the reports.
PROPERTY OWNING DEMOCRACY –  THE IDEOLOGICAL ROAD MAP TO ECONOMIC SELF-RELIANCE
These are the “days of confused thinking in the field of social doctrine.” – Archbishop Amissah, The Catholic Voice, March, 1962, p. 42 Ladies and Chairman, I find it daunting, even more descriptively, I find it intimidating to be invited by intellectuals of your practical experience and caliber to attempt to address this theme: Property Owning Democracy: the ideological Road Map to Economic Self-Reliance. I am intimidated because since J B Danquah articulated the concept but compendiously in 1960 for the United Party (UP), only a handful of people have dared define it in a Ghanaian setting. Perhaps, that is not strange because since then multi-party democracy has had only a total of 25 years to sow seeds and take root in Ghana. Thankfully, we have over the last 18 years witnessed the longest period of sustained political stability, legal certainty and predictability since independence in 1957. Thankfully, the concept has been, in principle, adopted by the Fourth Republican Constitution, the prevailing basic law of our country. Article 18 (1) stipulates, “Every person has the right to own property either alone or in association with others.” Thus, the Constitution of the Republic even endorses the concept of a property owning democracy. The opportunity and challenge, however, is what the concept of a property owning democracy seeks to address: how to provide an environment which creates opportunities for every person to exercise his or her right to own property either alone or in association with others by their own free will. Thus, Article 36(6),(7) state: “The State shall afford equality of economic opportunity to all… [and] shall guarantee the ownership of property and the right of inheritance.”
DI: Gov’t must ensure all 2012 BECE students gain SHS access
The Danquah Institute has learnt that out of the 376,859 candidates who sat this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination, 375,258, representing 99.6%, passed the exam and as such qualify for placement into Senior High Schools and Technical and Vocational Institutions. This was stated by the Ghana Education Service in yesterday’s edition of the Daily Graphic. WAEC statistics show that in 1998, 60.36% of students passed the BECE. In 2008, this had increased to 62.16%. From 2009 to 2011, the BECE pass rates have declined, from 50.21% in 2009, 49.12% in 2010 and 46.93% in 2011. To say the least, from 46.93% to 99.6% the following year is mightily exceptional.
Africa's Chance to Leapfrog the West
You've heard about the African Renaissance, right? The Aid Bosses, once the unquestioned successors in Africa to the joint heirloom of Mother Teresa and Lord Clive of Chennai, are finding it harder and harder to get face time with the political grandees in our wheeling and dealing capitals. The Chinese are fawning all over our oil and copper, forcing once-aloof Westerners to write treatises about why China's engagement with the continent isn't all marshmallow candy.
I was glad to read the announcement made by World Bank President, Dr. Jim Kim, at the start of this year’s UN General Assembly meetings, about the Bank’s projected financing support through the end of 2015 to help developing countries reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and children’s health. As we move toward the culmination of the MDGs in 2015 and beyond, preventing maternal and child deaths should be seen by all government delegations and their partners in the international development community as a clear yardstick to measure their commitment for creating more just and inclusive societies. But as evidence has shown across the globe, to effectively address the insidiousness of this challenge, a broad multi-sectoral paradigm for action is needed. In some countries, particularly in resource-poor settings and among certain population groups, there are social and cultural norms that need to be better understood to deal with myths and misconceptions surrounding pregnancy, childbirth and proper care of the newborn. There are also geographical barriers, as in rural communities high in the Andean mountains of my native Ecuador, or in the Caucasus mountain range in Georgia and Azerbaijan, where the poor state of roads in a challenging terrain, or the unavailability of transport to a health facility, contribute to preventable maternal deaths.
Immigration officers demonstrate over special voting
Some Immigration officers at Sampa in the Jaman North District of the Bono Ahafo Region are angry with the Electoral Commission (EC) for refusing to allow them to vote in Tuesday's special voting exercise. The EC is currently conducting a nationwide special vote for security personnel and EC staff who will be working on Election Day, December 7.