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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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  • 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.

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    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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    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.”


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Ghana election results: Another party backs NPP fraud claims

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Ghana's Electoral Commission (EC) has remained mum despite growing anger over its handling of the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections.

The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) on December 14 ordered its elections agents to boycott meetings organised by the EC claiming they were an attempt to cover up for electoral fraud.

EC said the meetings were for polling agents from all political parties and were organised to ensure that donors can evaluate training programmes they ran ahead of the polls.

Asante Kissi, the head of the election logistics at the EC said they believed the elections were run successfully but refused to comment on the NPP claims.

"At the moment it is all speculation, and we don't work with speculation." He said.

In my own constituency ... we had people handing out money on that very day.

But leader of the Progressive People's Party (PPP) Paa Kwesi Nduom has since added his voice to the NPP claims saying the EC's meetings were suspicious.

"I have been involved in elections since 1992 and this is the worst in terms of credibility," Nduom told [I]The Africa Report.[/I]

"In Ghana many people don't like the truth, they want what is convenient, but what is convenient is not always right for the people.

"What the NPP are doing...is the right thing to do."

Nduom's party called on the EC to introduce reforms to improve the electoral system.

"What we have now is a bit of a façade," he said.

"In my own constituency in Elmina we had people handing out money on that very day.

"Giving polling agents 50 or 100 Ghana cedis, now when you multiply that by the 26,000 polling station across the country you get our whole campaign budget.

"You can't compete with that."

Jerry John Rawlings, former president of Ghana and member of the ruling NDC - National Democratic Congress - party last week called on the appropriate authorities to launch investigations into the rigging allegations.

The NPP has threatened to challenge the election results in court after its candidate Nana Akufo-Addo lost to President John Mahama.

Akufo-Addo's advisor Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko said the court challenge was for the good of democracy in Ghana.

"If Ghana is to continue being a reference point for the hope of democracy in Africa then Ghana must get it right and must be bold enough to correct and set things right.

"Democracy in Africa must ... be primarily about those who cast the votes and not those who count, record or declare. Their expressions must only reflect that of voters. Nothing more, nothing less."

NPP says it hopes to file the court challenge by December 28 after gathering enough evidence from documents used during the elections.



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