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A late surge in campaigning has improved the opposition's chances of victory as the economy stutters

A succession of bad elections this year in Africa – in Uganda, Gabon and Zambia – make the 7 December presidential and parliamentary elections in Ghana an important political marker for the region. In one of Africa's longest-established multi-party systems, where the electoral commission enjoys relatively high levels of trust, another set of successful elections in Ghana will send a positive signal.

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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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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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IS EC PREPARED FOR NOV. 7?
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.
Ghana loses $1bn a year in petroleum revenue
The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Gabby Otchere-Darko, has stated that industry experts estimate that every day that Ghana either flares gas or is unable to utilise the associated natural gas from Jubilee for power translates into $1.2 million a day in lost revenue. “This means that for this year the avoidable delays in the development of the gas infrastructure will cost the country a minimum of $638 million”, Gabby said.
Mills and Democracy
Unfolding events in neighbouring Ivory Coast are clear manifestations of forebodings of what could happen in Ghana after Mills and his NDC have lost in the Parliamentary and Presidential elections in 2012. Mr Emile Short earlier registered his thoughts and on these likely premonitions in Ghana during and after 2012 with worried reference to events that happened in Rwanda; indeed John Mills and his government’s reactions on the Ivorian situation are clear confirmation of what everybody feels about Ghana during and after 2012.
What Our Politicians Can Learn From Thatcher: The Politics Of Conviction Not Indecision
On Saturday, I was driving through the University of Legon campus, in a four-wheel drive, when one of a small group of young men (about 8 in all) at a junction, shouted “Ghana money!” at me. I patiently got to a safer part of the road, turned the vehicle around and drove back to the students to have a small not-so-friendly chat. I told them how disappointed I was in their exhibition of envy as they prepare themselves for a competitive adult world. I told them that I was also once a student and worked hard to get to where I am today and continue to work hard to get better. I would hate for them to go through all that to be envied for trying to be successful through hard work. I advised them, in not so many words, not to equate success to corruption when they have no basis and to rather celebrate success, be inspired by it and aspire to it.
Speech delivered by Nana Akufo-Addo at the 3rd International Conference of the New Patriotic Party
I am grateful for the opportunity to address this august gathering of party faithful of our external branches. Two years ago, I had a similar opportunity to address a conference of our external branches in Denver, Colorado, in the United States of America. It is always with excitement that I accept the invitation to be part of any programme of our external branches. And it is good to see that the initiative that was begun in London in 2007 is now an established item on the Party’s calendar. I thank all of you, each and everyone, for coming in your numbers, at considerable financial cost, to Hamburg in Germany for this important conference, the 3rd International Conference of the NPP. This is great! All hands are surely on deck! Let me warmly thank our hosts, Chairman Dwamena Yeboah and his team, for the hospitality and organisation of this conference. I am aware of the good work they continue to do for the Party. more>>>
ADVISORY NOTES TO PARLIAMENT ON THE PETROLEUM AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA, AGM PETROLEUM AND COLA NATURAL RESOURCES
The Ministry of Energy has officially laid before Parliament two Petroleum Agreements for ratification following earlier approval by Cabinet. The Agreements are: Petroleum Agreement among Government of the Republic of Ghana, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, GNPC Exploration and Production Company Limited and AGM Petroleum Ghana LTD in respect of the South Deepwater Tano Contract Area (and shall be called AGM Contract for the purpose of this Analysis). Petroleum Agreement among Government of the Republic of Ghana, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, Cola Natural Resources and Medea in respect of East Cape Three Points Contract Area (and shall be called Cola Contract for the purpose of this analysis). This Advisory Notes is provided to members of Parliament to enrich debate during the consideration of the Agreements. The Notes are based on analysis by the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) of the Negotiated Agreements and the memoranda accompanying them. These Notes do not cover most of the subjects in the two Agreements as most of them have common provisions. The focus of the analysis therefore covers subjects that show material differences between the Agreements for the purpose of enriching the debate in parliament.
Concerns Raised by Danquah Institute to the Parliament of Ghana over the $1.5bn Supplier's Credit Facility and the Total $10bn STX Housing Project
BELOW ARE CONTENTS OF A PETITITION PRESENTED TO THE SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT AND COPIED TO THE PARLIAMENTARY LEADERSHIP BY DI ON FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2010 The Government of Ghana has reached an agreement with STX of Korea for the construction of 200,000 houses. We have analyzed this project and have serious concerns about its integrity. In our estimation the Koreans stand to make between $200 million to $300 million profit from the 30,000 housing construction project for the security agencies. Since it is linked to an agreement with Government to off-take an additional 60,000 housing units from STX, we do not see Government having the capacity to satisfy the totality of that agreement.
NDC RIGGING MACHINERY IN MOTION …. as DI raises red flags over suspicious NHIS registration numbers
Public policy and governance think tank, the Danquah Institute has expressed grave concern about the Electoral Commission's decision to register all persons in the country who, simply, are in possession of identity cards issued by the National Health Insurance Authority. At a press conference organised by DI last week, a fellow of the institute, Mr. Boakye Agyarko, explained that “one of the objects of the National Health Insurance Authority” as captured on the NHIA’s website which states that “persons not resident in the country but who are on a visit to this country” can obtain NHIS cards is deeply worrying.
Atta Mills' 4
An election year provides a platform for political parties and their leadership to engage the electorate in a conversation about the issues facing the nation and how they intend to govern. Expectedly, the party in power (incumbent) seeks to convince the electorate to stay the course. Typically, the incumbent anchors this argument by touting its achievements, if it has any, or demonstrating to the electorate that it has fulfilled its prior campaign promises. Exceptional incumbents not only showcase their achievements but they also chart a path forward.
DI'S Comments on the Decision of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Finance to Recommend the $1.5Bn STX Agreement for Parliamentary Resolution
Attached is the Report of the Finance Committee of Jul 5, 2010 on the $1.5 billion supplier credit facility between STX Engineering & Construction Ghana Limited and the Government of Ghana for the construction of 30,000 housing units of houses under the Security Services Housing Project. Below are the Danquah Institute's initial comments on the report submitted to the House. Issues identified: (i) DOUBTS ON SOURCE OF FUNDING Although the terms and conditions of the agreement are laid out in certainty. Sources of funding, according to the report, are far from certain. So, who is providing the $1.5 billion supplier's credit facility? In spite of the agreement describing STX Ghana as lender, STX Ghana is, in fact, merely an on-lender to the borrower - the Government of Ghana.