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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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:

    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.

  • CADA DISCUSSES OVER VOTING -

    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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NPP-USA: The Supreme Court Has Moral Responsibility To Save Ghana

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NPP-USA would like to alert donor countries and the international community that Ghana’s fledgling democracy is on a political cliff. The corrupt NDC and its dubious stooges disguised as electoral commission officials have once again arrested Ghana’s democracy with very devastative ramifications. The fraudulent orchestration by the NDC, Afari Gyan’s Electoral Commission, and a surrogate Israeli company, STL, to hijack the will of the Ghanaian people to steal the elections for the corrupt, incompetent and morally bankrupt John Dramani Mahama and NDC parliamentarians has set Ghana on the slippery route to political instability.

The NPP, for the sake of Ghana’s peace, is peacefully seeking redress at the Supreme Court. The NPP-USA would like to remind Ghanaians and the international community that the NDC and its antecedent P/NDC, a party nurtured in the blood of innocent Ghanaians and with high penchant for authoritarianism and violence, lacks democratic credibility and trust with Ghanaians.

In the 2012 elections, The NDC as usual used false propaganda, bribery, intimidation, violence, and with naked conniving of Afari Gyan’s Electoral Commission, stole the 2012 elections for the NDC.  The well-orchestrated scheme to steal the 2012 election first manifested itself in Nil Lamptey Vaderpuye’s use of hoodlums who violently prevented NPP members from registering at Odododiodoo, a constituency in Accra and also assaulted Ms. Ursula Owusu in the full glare of Ghana’s security personnel. During the elections, the NDC hooligans stole ballot boxes   and burned ballot papers in NPP strongholds. A member of NPP-USA who chanced on witnessing NDC hooligans thumb printing ballot papers, stuffing ballot boxes and transporting the boxes from a house in Dzowulu, a suburb of Accra, in an ambulance was arrested and put in BNI cells only to be released after the election.

Despite the initial agreement that “No verification no vote”, John Mahama, a caretaker president who is supposed to respect the laws of the land, in an impudent violation of this clause ordered the discredited Electoral Commission to allow people to vote even without verification. Ironically the no verification no vote restriction was fully implemented in the NPP strong holds but was lax in NDC strong holds where imported foreigners and underage children voted without verification several times. The NPP has uncovered situations in NDC strong holds where the number of voters exceeded the number of actual registered voters. The NPP, the doyen of Ghana’s democracy, has sought redress in the Supreme Court but the NDC has resorted to intimidation and violence by ordering its Special forces to attack our offices and homes where smart and dedicated students were simply collating evidences of electoral fraud.  NPP-USA has in its possession a recording of the savage display of brutal force reminiscent of the dark days of Ghana’s military dictatorship, when John Mahama’s special forces invaded NPP’s collating office. They also ransacked the office of Gloria Akufo, a member of NPP’s legal team and took away computers that they childishly presumed would intimidate us and obtain sensitive information on the court case.

All the opposition parties have condemned the massaged and stolen electoral result.  The National Democratic Party, an offspring of the ruling NDC and headed by a co founder of the NDC, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings has also rejected the results and declared the electoral results as a “419” fraud on the people of Ghana. Dr. Paa Kwesi Ndoum and the Progressive Peoples Party have also rejected the results and called for wider electoral reforms to save Ghana’s nascent democracy. Samia Nkrumah and the CPP rejected the results in the Jomoro constituency and noted the influx of Ivorians voting for the NDC candidate. Jerry Rawlings, the founder of NDC, also acknowledged to the African Union Chairman, NPP’s legitimate right to seek redress at the Supreme Court.

The justices of our supreme court owe allegiance to Ghana and its people not individuals or groups of people. We know the NDC would intimidate and even attempt to bribe the Justices of the Supreme Court to influence their decision because that is the only thing they know, but our honorable justices must remember that their reputation, integrity, Ghana’s peace and its enduring democracy are at stake.

We advise the Justices to learn from the Egyptian case where the military and Justices, contrary to expectation, sided with the will of the people. The Justices of the Supreme Court must be reminded that the tenets of the “old order” when the NDC used violence, brutalities, and bribery to have its way are no longer tenable. A historic epoch has been reached in Ghanaian politics where the will and dignity of the ordinary people supersede the parochial desires of the corrupt and violent NDC leadership.

This historic opportunity must be seized perpetually and diligently by the honorable men and women of our Supreme Court to institutionalize incorrigible institutions, freedom and justice, respect for human rights, probity and accountability and equal opportunities for all, irrespective of our tribal, religious, gender and social differences. Truly the voice of the people rings louder than the forces of destruction and intimidation and the peoples voice must be heard. We are confident the Justices of the Supreme Court cannot afford the luxury of bequeathing to the next generation and those yet unborn, the legacy of corruption, bribery, political injustices, electoral frauds that are recipes for African civil wars to a country which is on its way to becoming a beacon of hope for Africa. But if they fail and let this historic window of opportunity slip by without any conscientious efforts to uphold the will of the Ghanaian people and restore and sustain the dignity of Ghana’s democracy, they would surely be condemned for derailing our democracy and allowing Ghana to slip into political chaos.

We are confident they will not fail peace-loving Ghanaians and will bequeath to the next generation a free, just and stable Ghana devoid of tribulations. The destiny of Ghana depends on the courage, wisdom, independence and impartiality of the Justices of the Supreme Court of Ghana whose decision on this crucial historic case would have ramifications for mother Ghana’s democracy and peace from now to eternity. NPP-USA, Public Relations Committee.



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