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  • REPORT OF THE ELECTORAL REFORMS COMMITTEE SUBMITTED TO THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA -

    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 >>>

  • COMMEMORATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF DR. J. B. DANQUAH -

  • Foresight Africa: Implementing a New U.S.-Africa Policy -

    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.

  • GHANA MUST WAKE UP, SHOUT FOR A NEW REGISTER AND SHAKE UP THE EC -

    FITCH Rating’s latest report on Ghana lays particular emphasis on the importance of Ghana’s democracy and stability to the country’s economic prospects. Whiles it gives a negative outlook based on how the economy is being run, Fitch makes the point that Ghana’s credit rating has not, however, fallen below ‘B’ because of the country’s “strong governance record and recent democratic history,” and that, this is “reflected in Ghana’s ability to attract foreign direct investment, which at 7% of GDP is well above that of Nigeria, Gabon, Zambia, Kenya and Angola.”

  • 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.”

  • The Monetary Policy Committee - November 2013 -

    You are welcome to this Press briefing. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) held its 58th meeting on November 25 to 27, 2013 to review the latest economic developments and the monetary policy stance. I present to you the outcome of the deliberations.

    The latest projections by the IMF indicate a pickup in the pace of global activity from 2.9 percent in 2013 to 3.6 percent in 2014, driven largely by the advanced economies with the impulse to global growth expected to come mainly from the United States against weaker prospects in emerging market economies.

  • Africa’s tax systems: progress, but what is the next generation of reforms? -

    Mick MooreTaxation is zipping up the development agenda, but the discussion is often focussed on international aspects such as tax havens or the Robin Hood Tax. Both very important, but arguably, even more important is what happens domestically – are developing country tax systems regressive or progressive? Are they raising enough cash to fund state services? Are they efficient and free of corruption? This absolutely magisterial overview of the state of tax systems in Africa comes from Mick Moore (right), who runs the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD). It was first published by the Africa Research Institute.

    Anglophone countries have led the way in reforming tax administration in Africa, considerably more so than their francophone peers. The reasons for this are numerous. Networks of international tax specialists are based mainly in English-speaking countries. Many of the modern systems that promote best practice within tax authorities were developed in anglophone countries, especially Australia. International donors, and particularly the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), have directly and indirectly promoted a lot of reform of national tax authorities. In fact, this has been one of the success stories of British aid.

NPP: The EC Must Not Tamper With Biometric Verification Machines

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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.

“We hope that this is not true, because it would amount to tampering with evidence and in clear breach of the law governing public elections which provides that all material documents and materials must be preserved for at least one year after an election,” the NPP General Secretary explained.

"The NPP is about to embark upon the most important legal case in Ghana's history, which we are confident will nullify the illegitimate declaration by the EC on December 9 and the inauguration of a President on the basis of a fraudulent vote count and declaration.

“These biometric machines are likely to be used as evidence to show that the actual vote count in many areas, especially, NDC strongholds, far exceeds the number of biometric verifications. We have reason to suspect that the NDC and some EC officials collaborated together in a systematic, deliberate, and coordinated manner to break the law and disenfranchise voters who followed the correct procedures,” Owusu-Afriyie or "Sir John", as he is popularly known, said.

Section 43 of Public Elections Regulations, 2012 (CI 75) says the EC shall seal up and “retain for a year documents forwarded to the Commission; and destroy the documents after a year unless otherwise directed by a court.”

“Documents”, Sir John argued, include electronic documents, captured on the biometric verification machines, which indicate how many voters were actually verified and okayed to vote. So to destroy them is to actively destroy evidence and to institutionalize a grand cover-up. The EC has a legal responsibility to protect such materials that parties to any suit are likely to rely on. It would only sanction any premature obliteration of information on the machines if it were guilty in this matter and wished to use criminal means to cover its tracks,” Sir John argued.

He also noted the following:
1. The biometric verification system is meant to improve the integrity and credibility of the elections by ensuring that only valid registered voters vote in the 2012 elections.
2. According to C1 75, Section 30, subsection (2), the law governing public elections in Ghana stipulates, "The voter SHALL go through a biometric verification process."
3. According to C1 75, Section 34, subsection (1): "Where the proceedings at a polling station are interrupted or obstructed by (a) riot, open violence, storm, flood, or other natural catastrophe or (b) the breakdown of an equipment the presiding officer SHALL in consultation with the returning officer and subject to the approval of the Commission, adjourn the proceedings to the following day."
4. According to C1 75 Section 43, subsection (3), all voting materials must be kept for one year because of the possibility of a legal challenge to the results declared by the EC.

Sir John concluded, “If indeed these orders have been given, as we hope they have not, the EC will face the wrath of the law, because the law is clear on the duration with which ballot boxes and their contents, which include the verification machines, should be kept. The NDC clearly wishes the EC will tamper with the evidence as part and parcel of their effort to turn Ghana into a corrupt party-state.

They are desperate to cover up lies and trickery with more lies and trickery to continue rigging this election for John Mahama. But the NPP believes in Ghana's institutions and we put our faith in the court to restore the sovereign will of the Ghanaian people that has been violated by this criminal cover up perpetrated by the NDC," he stressed.



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