Credible information available to the New Statesman indicates that the Electoral Commission has prepared a budget of $230 million for a possible compilation of a new biometric voters register for the 2016 general elections.

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There is little time for Mr Mahama and the NDC to turn the economy around before the December 2016 presidential and legislative elections.

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 There are growing concerns over the quality of politics in Ghana. Why people choose to support particular political parties. What motivates allegiances and how all that can affect the nature of our democracy and the general good that society benefits from it.

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The chairman of the National Peace Council, Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, has expressed worry over what he described as “entrenched positions” taken by some political parties on how to hold successful elections.

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Biometric Identification Machine Failure and Electoral Fraud in a Competitive Democracy
We study election fraud in a competitive but not fully consolidated multiparty democracy. Results from a randomized field experiment are used to investigate the effectiveness of newly-introduced biometric identification machines in reducing election fraud in Ghana’s December 2012 national elections. We uncover a non-random pattern to the frequent breakdowns of the equipment. In polling stations with a randomly assigned domestic election observer, machines were about 50 percent less likely to experience breakdown as they were in polling stations without observers. We also find that electoral competition in the parliamentary race is strongly associated with greater machine breakdown. Machine malfunction in turn facilitated election fraud, including overvoting, registry rigging, and ballot stuffing, especially where election observers were not present. Our results substantiate that partisan competition may promote election fraud in a newly-established competitive democracy. They also show that domestic election observers improve election integrity through direct observation and also thanks to their second-order effects on election administration. Full Publication
NPP: The EC Must Not Tamper With Biometric Verification Machines
Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, the General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party, today called upon the Electoral Commission to clarify the status of all biometric verification machines used in the December 7/8 elections. His call comes amid reports of District Returning Officers, including from Akwatia and Old Tafo, alleging that they have received instructions from Accra to reset to zero verification machines used at the polling stations.
What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success
Everyone agrees the United States needs to improve its education system dramatically, but how? One of the hottest trends in education reform lately is looking at the stunning success of the West's reigning education superpower, Finland. Trouble is, when it comes to the lessons that Finnish schools have to offer, most of the discussion seems to be missing the point. The small Nordic country of Finland used to be known -- if it was known for anything at all -- as the home of Nokia, the mobile phone giant. But lately Finland has been attracting attention on global surveys of quality of life -- Newsweek ranked it number one last year -- and Finland's national education system has been receiving particular praise
DaMina Advisors Frontier Markets Elections Forecast: GHANA 2012 general elections
Ghana’s December general elections are on course to yield a dramatic surprise outcome. DaMina’s frontier markets elections statistical model and our on-the-ground surveys predicts an outright first round opposition center-right New Patriotic Party (NPP) win, and a return to opposition of the now ruling center-left National Democratic Congress (NDC) after only four years in power. The NPP are also posed to re-capture a majority of the seats in Ghana’s new 275 seat parliament. Click here for full report
Full 2012 Budget Statement
Madam Speaker, I beg to move that this august House approves the Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government for the year ending 31st December, 2012. Today, 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 statement
Thabo Mbeki letter to Jan Ping
Your Excellency,I have the honour to convey my compliments and to request your indulgence to spare some of your valuable time to consider the humble suggestions relating to Côte d’Ivoire as contained in this letter.Understandably, the efforts of the AU and ECOWAS to resolve the current Ivorian political crisis have focused on settling the issue of who should assume the Presidency of the country. read more >>>
DaMina Advisors Frontier Markets Report: Ghana polls, opposition now have edge
Ghana’s new president John Mahama on 1 August picked reclusive central bank governor Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur as his nominee for Ghana’s vacant vice presidency. Mahama took office on 25 July when President John Atta Mills succumbed to years of ill health and died suddenly in Accra. Mahama replaced Mills and left his office of vice presidency vacant. Click here to read full report
NPP CONDEMNS NDC PLAN FOR ‘CIVIL WAR’ -If Supreme Court Declares Akufo-Addo President
The New Patriotic Party has expressed serious concern about the continuous silence of the National Peace Council and other civil society organisations over comments by leading members of the National Democratic Congress that point to a plan to plunge the nation into chaos if the verdict of the Supreme Court hearing the 2012 election petition should go in favour of the petitioners. President John Dramani Mahama recently told NDC activists he won the 2012 presidential election “cleanly and fairly” and that he was confident the Supreme Court would re-affirm that victory.
Frank Agyakum: Encounter with BNI fruitful
Ex- Deputy Minister of information under the Kufuor administration has described as fruitful discussion between him and the Bureau of National Investigations.Mr. Frank Agyakum was invited to answer questions pertaining to the award of contract for the renovation of offices within his ministry.
Tullow Oil plc - Half year results
This presentation contains certain forward-looking statements that are subject to the usual risk factors and uncertainties associated with the oil and gas exploration and production business. Whilst Tullow believes the expectations reflected herein to be reasonable in light of the information available to them at this time, the actual outcome may be materially different owing to factors beyond the Group’s control or within the Group’s control where, for example, the Group decides on a change of plan or strategy. Click here for full document