Month: October 2016

EC doing the bidding of ‘nameless people’ – PPP

The Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) has expressed shock after hearing that the EC has filed a suit at the Supreme Court to challenge the High Court ruling asking it to allow the PPP to correct the errors on his nomination form for which reason it was disqualified from the race. Speaking to Policy Adviser of the party, Kofi Asamoah Siaw said even though are yet to receive the suit they are suspecting the EC of doing the bidding of some nameless people who do not want to see the name Dr Nduom on the presidential ballot sheet. “For us this is surprising that the EC will take such an […]

Don’t incite your followers to violence – Group to NPP

The campaign manager of the NPP, Peter Mac Manu, has advised President John Mahama to be guided by the election violence that occurred in Ivory Coast to accept defeat Policy think tank, Strategic Thinkers Network (STRANEK), has cautioned politicians against inciting their followers to violence in their bid to attain political power. STRANEK said comment made by the Campaign Manager of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Peter Mac Manu to the effect that President Mahama should not attempt to hang on to power if he loses the elections. Mr Peter Mac Manu advised Mahama to be guided by the election violence that occurred in Ivory Coast to accept defeat […]

Nomination Form Errors Charlotte Osei should have resigned from EC after nomination form errors – Amidu

In a statement, Mr Amidu said the EC should be held accountable for the errors made on the nomination forms as she failed to educate the aspirants on the process involved. The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) Charlotte Osei should have resigned over the errors made by some presidential aspirants in filing their nomination forms, a former Attorney General, Martin Amidu, has said.In a statement, Mr Amidu said the EC should be held accountable for the errors made on the nomination forms as she failed to educate the aspirants on the process involved. “Instead of rushing to disqualify them [the aspirants] contrary to the due process of law (particularly […]

Give collation sheets to parties – Supreme Court orders EC

The Supreme Court has ordered the Electoral Commission to make collation sheets for Presidential elections available to parties and their agents after close of polls. The petitioner who is former Director of Research at Parliament, Kwesi Nyame Tease-Eshun, sought to expose flaws in the new law that governs the 2016 general elections. Under the CI 94, the EC is not obliged to provide copies of the collation sheet to political party agents. The petitioner, represented by Akoto Ampaw described this provision in the CI as an ‘absurdity’. “It defies reason and constitutes an absurdity for [the EC] not to make provision for furnishing the candidates or their agents with copies […]

We’ll mortgage Ghana’s gas to China but… – Terkper

Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show, he indicated that it was “gas going to the Atuabo plant only under the GNPC. That is the only one we are talking about.” Mr. Terkper also explained that this agreement was in line with government’s self-financing loan strategy following the negotiations with the CNB by a task force mandated to discuss the utilization of the $500 million remaining $1.5 billion of the $3 billion deal. “The premise for the CDB facility, which is in tune with our self-financing loan strategy is that proceeds from any commercial project must be used to pay for any loans that are used to finance the project,” he […]

57 Volta Chiefs Declare Support For Akufo-Addo

Fifty-seven chiefs in the Nkwanta South constituency of the Volta Region, comprising 5 Paramount Chiefs and 52 sub-Chiefs have declared their unflinching and unalloyed support for the 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo, in this year’s election. Led by Nana Obonbo Sewura Lipuwura II, Paramount Chief of Nkwanta Akyode Traditional Area, they stated that they have had the opportunity to witness governance under the NPP and NDC over the last 16 years, and are under no illusion that a government led by the NPP represents Ghana’s best hope of offering her citizens progress and prosperity. The Paramount Chief of Nkwanta Akyode Traditional Area made this known […]

Gov’t prioritizes education because it’s priceless legacy – Mahama

President John Mahama says he has placed premium on education and this is seen in the increased government budget for the sector over the years. He says government is anticipating the many projects being undertaken in the sector would lift millions of Ghanaians from poverty. The President says the only thing no one can steal from an educated person is his/her acquired knowledge which is distinguished from material objects which can robbed easily. Speaking at the commissioning of one of the 123 Community Day Senior High Schools (SHS) at Takrowase in the Eastern Region, Mr Mahama said he hoped many of girls would make use of the many projects to […]

Live From the Woods: December 7 can’t be politics as usual; either speak up or keep quiet

If I am to distil the state of Ghanaian youth in one word, it would be “threatened.” Ghanaian youth are on the precipice of “extinction.” Their very existence is threatened in their country of birth. They are not angry but hungry. They are not robbing anyone, but that they are rather being robbed by the leadership of this country. Screaming unemployment, sleazy, hypocritical politicians and a country that’s fast becoming a credential state have proven the real enemies of the youth. I live in the woods and I love the things it affords me. Because of its provisions, I have turned down invitations from friends in the urban areas to […]

Mahama’s massive infrastructure funded by Kufuor loans – Napo

New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh says President John Mahama cannot claim credit for all the infrastructural projects being showcased by his government. This, he said, is because funding for some of the projects was secured by the NPP government before the party lost the 2008 elections. “These regional hospitals and district hospitals that they have done…. none of them and I repeat none of them was even the funding sought by President Mills or President Mahama” the opposition MP who is a member of the Health Committee of Parliament said. President John Mahama’s 2016 re-election campaign is heavily hinged on the government’s record of infrastructural projects. […]

PPP, EC face off in court Tuesday

Lawyers for the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) head to the High Court today to push for an order to stop the Electoral Commission (EC) from disqualifying the party from the December polls. Lawyers from both sides are expected to present their oral submissions Tuesday, October 25, after which a date will be set for judgment. PPP’s legal team, led by former Deputy Attorney General, Ayikoi Otoo, will be making a strong case for the EC to be restrained from proceeding with balloting for the position of presidential candidates for the 7th December elections. They will also be praying the court to compel the EC to grant the PPP 2016 presidential […]