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  • MS NEW EC BOSS, NO NEW REGISTER, NO VOTE! -

     

    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!

  • Charlotte Osei appointed new EC boss -

    President John Dramani Mahama has, in accordance with Article 70(2) of the 1992  Constitution, appointed Mrs. Charlotte Osei as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana.

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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 >>>

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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.

  • Statistical Proof of Ghana's Bloated Voter Register -

    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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  • NPA’s 10% reduction in Petroleum Prices – “Too Little” or “Too Late”? -

    NPA’s Arrogance or Economics?

    On the eve of the New Year, 2015, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) announced a reduction in ex-pump prices of petroleum products by 10% across board. This was not without drama. Most of the headlines that followed the announcement pointed to price reduction under duress. A number of civil society organizations and political parties put pressure on NPA to reduce the prices due to reasons such as the oil price crush and relative stability in the value of the local Ghanaian currency. Some of the organizations threatened public demonstrations against NPA and the Government; a situation that was expected considering that petro-politics is a feature of petroleum pricing in most parts of the world.

  • 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.

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  • Danquah Institute Reacts to Bogus Polls On NPP General Secretary Race -

    The attention of the Danquah Institute has been drawn to a story making the rounds on social media and now on www.ghanaweb.com, as well, titled “Danquah Institute predicts 64.7% win for Kwabena Agyepong.”

REJECT CORRUPT POLITICIANS  –Presby Moderator urges Ghanaians

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The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Right Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey, has cautioned the electorate not to make the mistake of voting to entrust their destinies and the management of the nation’s resources into the hands of corrupt leaders.

Rev Prof Martey has also drawn the attention of the electorate to the fact that Ghana needs leaders who are men and women of integrity to govern the nation, and not leaders who would not care for the wellbeing of the people but rather use the resources and power of the nation to satisfy their selfish interests.

According to a report by the Ghana News Agency, Rev Prof Martey gave the caution while delivering a sermon on the theme “Be Attentive and Active as You Wait for Your Redemption” at Akropong-Akuapem, where 55 newly trained ministers of the church were commissioned.

The caution comes at a time the opposition New Patriotic Party has implicated President John Dramani Mahama in some alleged corrupt deals perpetrated under the ruling National Democratic Congress administration.
According to Yaw Buaben Asamoah, a deputy communications director of the NPP, President Mahama’s inability to confront and fight corruption within the presidency, government and the NDC is because he is unable to offer credible answers to the serious allegations of corruption raised against his person.
Addressing a press conference Monday, Mr Buaben stated among other things that as then vice president, Mr Mahama was willing to underwrite USD264m in political risk insurance to STX; helped Armajaro to get back their suspended cocoa trading licence, whilst in 2010 he secretly wrote to the Pierson Capital Group to commit Ghana to international loan exposures without the knowledge of the late President JEA Mills.
He again reminded the nation about how President Mahama had led the processes that committed Ghana to the purchase of the inflated Embraer 190 Aircraft and hanger for a whopping sum of USD12m, instead of the USD5m that had been negotiated by the Ghana Armed Forces in 2008.
On judgment debts paid by the NDC government, the NPP activist described the various payments as “government sponsored, organised systematic stealing of state funds held in trust by the president.”
The Presby Moderator’s caution to the electorate to reject corrupt politicians also comes at the same time his colleague man of God and General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church, Pastor Mensa Otabil, has warned the electorate about the consequence of allowing monetary and other material inducements to influence the choice of people they will vote into power to handle the affairs of the nation when they to the polls on December 7.

President John Dramani Mahama and NDC have again been accused by the opposition parties of vote buying, involving sharing of laptops, money and cars, especially on the campuses of the nation’s tertiary institutions.

According to Pastor Otabil, politicians who decide to buy the votes of the electorate with money have no regard or respect for the sovereignty of the people, stressing that a vote is a sacred choice worth more than money or any other material inducement.

On his part, Rev Prof Martey expressed serious concerns about the high rate of corruption in the country, which is considered the bane of the nation’s development.

He could not understand why many Ghanaians should continue to live in abject poverty on a land that abounds in natural resources, attributing the situation to corruption in all aspects of society which deprives the masses from enjoying the benefits of their God-given resources.

The Moderator, therefore, urged the electorate to vote against politicians perceived to be corrupt when they to the polls on December 7 to elect a new president and parliamentarians to manage the affairs of the nation for the next four years.

“I pray that during the elections, especially the forthcoming one in December, all corrupt politicians... should not be voted into power,” he said.

The admonitions from the men of God to the electorate on what to consider in voting for their leaders has not been taken kindly by some leading members of the ruling National Democratic Congress.

A leading member of the NDC communications team, Kakra Essamuah, for instance, has lashed out at Pastor Otabil, likening him to the tyrant King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, and accusing him of dabbling in partisan politics.

“I go to church for religious instruction not for political reasons. Anybody who thinks that after 20 years he can teach us how to vote in a church is mythical,” he charged on Asempa FM.

According to the leading NDC communications team member, the core mandate of every pastor is to speak against sin and sinners and not to educate his congregation on how to vote, insisting that Pastor Otabil must be condemned for what he described as the ‘political sermon’ he delivered at the weekend.

“To maintain their sacred authority, there is the need for them to withdraw from the arena of partisan politics. Do not get involved in partisan politics; if you do, those political actors will respond accordingly.”

Turning to the newly-trained Presbyterian ministers, Rev Prof Martey drew their attention to the fact that it has now become difficult to preach the unadulterated word of God in view of the insults that usually greet preachers from people who are not comfortable with the truth.

He, however, encouraged them to remain firm and resolute at all times, even in the face of insults, reminding them of the fact that the Lord they serve was also insulted and persecuted.



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