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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 >>>


  • 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.


    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.

FAQ's about the NPP Court Case: Why the NPP is in court

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Q:  Why the NPP is in court?
A: According to Article 64 (1) of the 1992 Constitution:

“The validity of the election of the President may be challenged only by a citizen of Ghana who may present a petition for the purpose to the Supreme Court within twenty-one days after the declaration of the result of the election in respect of which the petition is presented”.
We have chosen to challenge the 2012 election in the Supreme Court of Ghana, because of numerous irregularities – the sum total of which, once amended, will invalidate the declared results and make Nana Akufo-Addo the legitimate winner.

Q:  What are the votes at stake?
A: Over 1,340,000 votes from 4,709 polling stations out of the over 24,000 polling stations sampled by the NPP are invalid due to the irregularities and breach of electoral laws; hence all 8 presidential candidates for the 2012 election will have their votes at these polling stations deducted from the declared obtained results.

Q:  What is the impact?
A: John Mahama had over 916,000 invalid votes included in his total. He therefore receives 48.26% of the valid votes instead of the 50.70% declared by the Electoral Commission on December 9.
Similarly, Nana Akufo-Addo receives 50.28% of the valid votes, as opposed to 47.74%, making him the outright winner once our evidence is taken into account.

Q:  What reliefs does the NPP Seek?
A: The NPP prays that the Supreme Court declares:

  1. That John Dramani Mahama, the 1st Respondent in the petition was wrongfully declared as president elect of the Republic of Ghana.
  2. That Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the 1st Petitioner in the petition, rather was validly elected President of the Republic of Ghana.
  3. Consequential orders as the Supreme Court may deem fit.






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Q:  Does the court have the power to invalidate the election results and declare another candidate the winner?
A: Article 64 (2) of the 1992 Constitution says:
“A declaration by the Supreme Court that the election of the President is not valid shall be without prejudice to anything done by the President before the declaration”.

myvotemustcountFurthermore, Section 19 of PNDC law 284, the Representation of the People’s Act, also states that a court can declare that a named person did not win an election but another person did.  This means that the Supreme Court has the absolute power to invalidate the results of an election brought before it and as such declare another contestant the winner of that same election.

Q:  What impact does the inauguration have on the Court’s decision?
A: The inauguration has absolutely no impact either on the Supreme Court’s proceedings, or its decisions.  The Supreme Court has every authority to declare election results invalid, and if it says so, John Mahama will no longer be President. The inauguration is absolutely NOT a point of no return.

Q:  Why is John Mahama a respondent?
A: In the case of an election challenge, the respondents include not only the Electoral Commission, but also the person whose election is challenged.  As the petition filed by Nana Akufo-Addo, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey and Dr. Bawumia at the Supreme Court challenges the election of the NDC’s Presidential Candidate, he is therefore a respondent named in the case.
The Constitution makes the Supreme Court the final arbiter on all election disputes.

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