This is the Age Distribution of Ghana’s 2010 population of 24.391 million.

This number includes all persons domiciled in Ghana as at 2010 regardless of citizenship.

Although the elections were held in 2012, the voter register was compiled at a time when these were the population distribution

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2013 ushered in the most significant change in the United States’ Africa policy since the passing of PEPFAR 10 years ago. The unveiling of investment-focused initiatives—Power Africa and Trade Africa—reflects not just a change in how the Obama administration views the continent, but also how foreign investors have prioritized it. But policy rarely achieves its objectives without equal attention to implementation. A number of implementation barriers—old regulations and new policies working at cross-purposes, and limited on-the-ground capacity—threaten to undermine America’s new approach to the continent in 2014. If 2013 was marked by change in U.S. strategy towards Africa, 2014 will be marked by the recognition that 90 percent of the success of that strategy is implementation.

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We, members of the Electoral Reforms Committee wish to thank the almighty God for the strength, health and travelling mercies granted us throughout our various meetings, discussions and retreat sessions held outside Accra in executing our mandate as spelt out in our Terms of Reference. We thank the Chairman and Members of the Electoral Commission for giving us the opportunity to serve mother Ghana.

To Mr Gabriel Pwamang the consultant to the Committee, we say: “...we are grateful to you for your assistance and for bringing your competence, expertise and legal acumen to bear on the work of the Committee.” Read more >>>

The Let My Vote Count Alliance has taken due notice of the decision by President John Dramani Mahama to appoint Mrs. Charlotte Osei, 42, as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana. We wish to greet her with this clarion message: NO NEW REGISTER NO VOTE IN 2016!

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This is a due diligence report from Dun and Bradstreet on a husband and wife company, Opus SRO, a company that parliament has approved loans of 442 million Euros for the financing of the construction of 12 district hospitals, 200 new ambulances, 50 medical mobile clinics, 2 air ambulances and 10 educative mobile vans. Cabinet in its nineteenth meeting held on the 14, 19, 20 October, 2010, granted approval and parliament subsequently passed it on the 16th of November, 2010
Ghana's total debt hits $12.91 billion and going
Ghana’s total debt has doubled in just two years under President JEA Mills. Documents made available to the New Statesman from policy think tank, Danquah Institute, indicate that Ghana’s total is $12.9 billion currently. At the end of 2008, when the New Patriotic Party left office, Ghana’s domestic debt stood at GH¢4.8 billion (or $3.170bn in today’s exchange rate). At the end of 2010, under the National Democratic Congress, this had shot up to Ghc8.28bn ($5.47bn).
Is Ghana truly the beacon of hope for democracy in Africa?
Ghanaians went to the polls on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December 2012 to elect an executive President and 275 Parliamentarians for a four year term January 2013 to December 2016. Less than 48 hours after the voting was closed, the caretaker President H.E. John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was declared a winner with 5,574,761 votes representing 50.70% of the valid votes cast (10,995,262) by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Afari Gyan. According to the EC, the flag bearer and presidential candidate of the NPP got 5,248,898 votes representing 47.74% of the total valid vote cast. The total turnout was 80.15% and the elections was held in 26.002 polling stations across the 10 Regions of the country. For some people in and outside Ghana, including this writer, the result was a big surprise. The Economist Newspaper of 15th December 2012 in a short article over the elections wrote that “Mr Mahama’s victory was surprising”. Reasons for the surprise are explained further in the article.
Danquah Institute boss gives NDC congress 'remarkable' rating
The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute has applauded the just-ended congress of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), urging other political parties “to take a cue" from it. Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko said although the party’s congress might have experienced minor “security hitches,” overall performance was “remarkable.” “I think it went very well and I was very happy about it…It’s about time we moved away from this negative expectation from party meetings where you are afraid that there would be violence; you are afraid that things that don’t actually matter are the very things that…dominate the headlines,” Mr Otchere-Darko said. The pro-liberal think-tank boss said this when he featured on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show on Monday.
Supreme Court Judgment on The Presidential Petition
REPUBLIC OF KENYA IN THE SUPREME COURT OF KENYA AT NAIROBI (Coram: W.M. Mutunga, Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court; P.K. Tunoi; M.K. Ibrahim; J.B. Ojwang; S.C. Wanjala; N.S. Ndungu, SCJJ.) PETITION NO. 5 OF 2013 -BETWEEN- RAILA ODINGA ..................................................................PETITIONER -AND- 1. THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION 2. AHMED ISSACK HASSAN 3. UHURU KENYATTA 4. WILLIAM SAMOEI RUTO .................RESPONDENTS AS CONSOLIDATED WITH PETITION NO. 3 OF 2013 -BETWEEN- 1. MOSES KIARIE KURIA 2.DENIS NJUE ITUMBI 3. FLORENCE JEMATIAH SERGON ........................PETITIONERS -AND- 1. AHMED ISSACK HASSAN .....................RESPONDENTS 2. THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION AND AS CONSOLIDATED WITH PETITION NO. 4 OF 2013 -BETWEEN- 1. GLADWELL WATHONI OTIENO 2. ZAHID RAJAN ............................PETITIONERS 1 -AND- 1. AHMED ISSACK HASSAN 2. THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION 3. UHURU KENYATTA 4. WILLIAM SAMOEI RUTO .....................RESPONDENTS JUDGMENT A. THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 4TH MARCH, 2013:
So Who Are The Real Property-Owning Democrats?
Last week I wrote, "As an ardent believer of a property-owning democracy and a fierce critic of the shameful, lackluster commitment that the NPP showed in realizing this -- its philosophy -- when it was in office for 8 years, my initial reaction was one of great excitement to the news that a public-private-partnership was going to add 200,000 new, decent, affordable homes to the local housing stock. I greeted the news with some chuffy grin of irony: it took a so-called capitalist party to implement a health insurance policy and it is taking a so-called social democratic party to democratize property ownership." The NPP's founding father, the great man, Joseph Boakye Danquah, saw it as the patriotic duty of the party in government “to liberate the energies of the people for the growth of a property-owning democracy in this land, with right to life, freedom and justice, as the principles to which the Government and laws of the land should be dedicated in order specifically to enrich life, property and liberty of each and every citizen.”
Full Speech by Nana Akufo-Addo at IEA Evening Encounter
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, friends from the media, fellow Ghanaians, good evening. This event was to have taken place two weeks ago, but was postponed at my request when President Mills passed away. May he rest in perfect peace. Ghanaians should be proud that together we are building a democratic state, a Ghana being governed by the rule of law. We have just gone through a unique period in our history, dealing with the death in office of a sitting President.
Ghana: Gas for growth
Encouraged by the rapid development of its nascent oil sector – which began production in record time and helped push GDP growth up to 13.6% in 2011 – Ghana is hoping to cash in equally as quickly on its natural gas reserves but is still navigating the sizeable infrastructural hurdles that need to be overcome in the short term. The country’s reserves are currently estimated at 5trn cu ft, which offers significant potential both for industrial usage and domestic consumption. The opportunities the still-undeveloped sector offers are large, which has pushed it front and centre on the government’s policy agenda.
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.
Democracy at a standstill: A report from The Economist Intelligence Unit
This is the fifth edition of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy index. It reflects the situation at the end of 2012. In 2012 global democracy was at a standstill in the sense that there was neither significant progress nor regression in democracy in that year. Average regional scores in 2012 were very similar to scores in 2011. The first edition of the index, published in The Economist’s The World in 2007, measured the state of democracy in September 2006; the second edition covered the situation towards the end of 2008; the third as of November 2010 and the fourth at the end of 2011. The index provides a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide for 165 independent states and two territories—this covers almost the entire population of the world and the vast majority of the world’s states (micro states are excluded). The Democracy index is based on five categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture. Countries are placed within one of four types of regimes: full democracies; flawed democracies; hybrid regimes; and authoritarian regimes. Full Document