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  • 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.


    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.

  • TWO DECADES OF FREEDOM: What South Africa Is Doing With It, And What Now Needs To Be Done -

    As the 20th anniversary of the birth of democracy in South Africa, on April 27 2014, approaches, it seems a perfect opportunity to take a step back and get a long-range perspective on the important question: “So, what has Nelson Mandela’s South Africa done with its freedom?”

    Goldman Sachs has produced this report in the hope of contributing to- wards a more balanced narrative on South Africa; one, which in the wake of 2012’s tragic events at Marikana, had become somewhat hysterical, short-term and often negative

  • Shifting Power? Assessing the Impact of Transparency and Accountability Initiatives -

    Accountability and transparency initiatives hav e taken democratisation, governance, aid and development circles by storm since the turn of th e century. Many actors involved with them – as donors, funders, programme managers, implementers and researchers – are now keen to know more about what these initiatives are achieving.

    This paper arises from a review of the impact and effectiveness of transparency and accountability initiatives which gathered and analysed existing evidence, discussed how it could be improved, and evaluated how impact and effectiveness could be enhanced. This paper takes the discussion further, by delving into what lies behind the methodological and evaluative debates currently surrounding governance and accountability work. It illustrates how choices about methods are made in the cont ext of impact assessment designs driven by different objectives and different ideological and epistemological underpinnings. We argue that these differences are articulated as methodological debates, obscuring vital issues underlying accountability work, which are about power and politics, not methodological technicalities.


    The Ministry of Energy has officially laid before Parliament two Petroleum Agreements for ratification following earlier approval by Cabinet. The Agreements are:

    1. 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).

    2. 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.


    Of late Ghanaians have become obsessed with throwing electoral ‘jargons’ around arising from the recent Election Petition in the Supreme Court of Ghana and most people have overnight turned themselves into Electoral Specialists in view of the enormous interest generated during the petition hearing. However, there are still lack of clarity and understanding in some of the widely used electoral terminologies. The Centre for African Democratic Affairs (CADA) a ‘Think Tank’ of Election Experts, has taken upon itself the challenge to critically examine some of the terms that created confusion in the minds of people during the court proceedings. One of such terminologies is over voting whose definition is still ambiguous even after the ruling of the Supreme Court. CADA therefore discusses the term Over Voting in the first of its series.

  • A strong Parliament is key to fighting corruption - Minority Leader -

    The Minority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, has stated that strengthening Parliament’s financial oversight responsibilities is critical to combating corruption.

    He noted that “the evil enterprise of corruption which has become cancerous in Ghana”, explaining that Parliament has no option than to demonstrate extreme concern about the problems and threats that corruption poses to the stability and security of the country.

    He said corruption undermines state institutions and the values of democracy, as well as cultural and traditional values and the justice system. According to him these work against sustainable development and the rule of law.

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Statement By The NPP 2012 Presidential Candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, On The Filing Of The Supreme Court Petition - “Every Vote Must Count”

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As our Chairman has indicated, a few minutes ago, a petition was filed at the Registry of the Supreme Court, challenging the validity of the result of the presidential election as declared by the Electoral Commission, through its Chairman, on December 9th, 2012.

On 10th December, 2012, the Chairman issued C.I. 80 setting out “The Declaration of President-Elect Instrument 2012” in which the NDC presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama, was declared the first-round winner of the election. C.I 80 was notified in the Gazette on 11th December, 2012.

The petitioners are three of us Ghanaian citizens, me, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the NPP presidential candidate in the election, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, my running mate and Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, Chairman of the New Patriotic Party.

The respondents to the petition are the President-Elect, John Dramani Mahama, the person, according to the Rules of the Court, “whose election is challenged by the petition”; and the Electoral Commission, whose conduct is the subject of the complaint in the petition.

The case is in court officially in our names because the law requires that an election petition challenging the validity of the election of the President of the Republic should be mounted by a citizen. But this is not a personal issue. This case is not about candidate Mahama or candidate Akufo-Addo. There is a much more important issue at stake, which goes to the heart of our democracy and the future of our nation.

This action is being taken on behalf of the more than five million people that, according to the Electoral Commission, voted for me, to whom I am very grateful; and on behalf of all the eleven million people who stood in line patiently on December 7th, and in some cases, also on December 8th, 2012 to cast their votes and also on behalf of all 24 million citizens and on behalf of generations yet unborn.

We of the New Patriotic Party, the party I belong to and which I had the honour to represent in the election, trace our antecedents to the men and women who gathered in Saltpond on that fateful day of Saturday, 4th August, 1947 to begin the battle for the independence of our country from foreign rule. The nation they envisaged on that occasion was to be a democratic and prosperous state. It has, therefore, been easy for us to be consistent in pursuing our political goals: we rejected the various political concepts that were tried on Ghanaians, be they fashionable or freshly brewed; the one-party state, the life-president, Union Government, and the various military interventions. We believed and fought for the establishment of a multi-party democracy in our country and we consider it our sacred duty to work for the deepening of the system of governance we have fought for so long and hard. This is why we are pleased with the stability and development of the democratic process of the past twenty years, and the improvement in the quality of life of our people that has taken place in that period.
Democracies are founded on elections. No true democrat can disregard the importance of elections and the sanctity of the ballot. In 1992, when the first elections to usher in the Fourth Republic were held, we had grave misgivings about the conduct of the polls; we wrote a book narrating what we saw as undermining the credibility of the elections. The book, ‘The Stolen Verdict’, helped create a conducive atmosphere for the reform of our electoral system. Since then, we have continued to work hard to improve the electoral process in our country.

We can say that almost every innovation that the Electoral Commission has brought to improve the process has been at the instigation of the NPP, and often in the face of initial resistance from the Electoral Commission: transparent ballot boxes, photo-ID cards, biometric registration and verification, and to that list I might add the fact that we, the ruling party of the day, accepted in 2008 a verdict of losing a presidential election by the narrowest of margins without any fuss. All these have made Ghana a shining example.

I might make a personal interjection here to state that I have spent much of my adult life in fighting for the establishment of the democratic system of government and human rights in our country. And I have always fought for and advocated for a credible electoral process in Ghana.

In emphasizing the importance of elections, it must be pointed out that the sanctity of the ballot is and must be supreme. In an election, we cast votes, then the votes are counted, the count is collated, the results are announced and formal declarations of results are made. In the entire process, we must never forget that it is the casting of the ballot that is sacred, the rest of the activities are at best, administrative duties. The count, the collation, the declaration of results cannot and should not be more important than the sacred, God-given right of a citizen casting his or her ballot. There is only one principle. Elections are about those who cast the vote, not those who count, not those who supervise, not those who transmit and not those who declare. The heart of the democratic process is about those who cast the vote.

By the afternoon of December 8th, enough reports had come into the NPP election headquarters to make us believe that the elections had been marred by lots of irregularities to undermine the credibility of the elections. The party did try to alert the Electoral Commission and recommend pause to investigate our concerns. The Electoral Commission would not listen and adopted the attitude that had always characterised their reaction to any criticism of their actions: “if you are dissatisfied, go to court.”

It was not an easy decision for us to tell the people of Ghana that we would not accept the results of the elections as declared by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, but we had to accept the responsibility of righting, what in our view, was the wrong of an invalid election. In deciding to go to court, we were well aware that we were taking on a heavy responsibility and it turned out to be as massive a task as we had feared.

The scale of what we have uncovered has surprised even the most sceptical among us. Personally, it has been a sad experience. Dr Bawumia will soon take you through the details of our findings and if you believe in the rule of law and the sanctity of the ballot, I dare say you will also be sad.

Dr. Afari Gyan told everybody, no verification, no vote; so why was there such blatant disregard of the law. Dr Afari Gyan told us there would not and should not be more votes in the box than there were ballots given out; so why were there so many stations of obvious “over voting”? Dr. Afari Gyan told us the count and collation would be open; so why were there so many instances of dubious counts. We are ready to concede that in an election that involves more than eleven million voters, there might be mistakes; but why are the arithmetic mistakes so very often in favour of the NDC candidate, John Dramani Mahama?

We have now put our case before the court, and are also putting the case before you, the people of Ghana. We leave it for the court to judge the merits. But once again, the NPP, through the petitioners in this case, is seeking to deepen our democracy by strengthening the institutions that are mandated by our Constitution to superintend the electoral process: (1) by ensuring that the Electoral Commission is accountable to the people of Ghana, and (2) the Supreme Court is seen by all as the ultimate arbiter of electoral grievances and disputes.

Throughout the campaign, the elections and this three-week period since the elections, we have insisted and continue to insist on the peaceful conduct of all activities and I am proud to say that NPP supporters, in common with the overwhelming majority of Ghanaians, have behaved commendably. We in the NPP do not seek to destabilize our country, we are not revolutionaries. But we do seek to ensure that the will of the Ghanaian people is upheld, and we do seek to uphold the sanctity of the ballot through peaceful, legitimate means.

We have every confidence that President Mahama and the NDC would be interested also that the right thing is done. The Justices of the Supreme Court will take up their responsibilities and by the time they make their pronouncements we expect that Ghana would be a stronger and more credible democracy.

I thank the NPP members, supporters and volunteers for their hard work and patience. I thank especially all those who were involved in the massive BLUE/RED SHEET RETRIEVAL effort. The battle is, indeed, the Lord’s and we should all continue to pray. I thank those Ghanaian citizens, who are not necessarily NPP supporters, who have urged us on to seek justice in the courts and I thank you all for your attention. My belief in Ghana remains unshaken.

May God bless Ghana and us all.

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