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IEA under Jean Mensa in 2014 advised EC against new voters’ register in election year – Report

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It has emerged that the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) under the leadership of the current chair of the Electoral Commission Jean Mensah advised the then head of the electoral body Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan against compiling new voters register during election years.

The advice came on the back of the chaos that followed the 2012 elections which ended up in court. The advice which was part of the IEA’s proposed electoral reforms submitted to the electoral commission among other things blamed the 8-month-long election petition on the mistrust that heralded the election as a result of the new voters’ register.

The report sighted by Starrfm.com.gh mentioned activities including “Biometric Voter Registration, Exhibition of Voters’ Register, Review and Creation of additional forty-five constituencies and seats in Parliament, etc etc. Needless to say, these activities undoubtedly overstretched the capacity of the Electoral Commission to successfully undertake and accomplish all its pre-election programmes and still organize the 2012 General Elections successfully. But why should all these activities be undertaken at the time when key actors in our electoral process, particularly the Political Parties were very busy touring all parts of the country campaigning? Why should we sit down and wait till the eleventh hour?.

“Things done in a rush are susceptible to costly mistakes. Indeed such crash activities are a recipe for distrust, tension and the raising of unnecessary alarms over issues that could ideally pass without many qualms from the key stakeholders”.

The IEA therefore reminded the EC, to as a matter of urgency, publish with timelines its programmes and execute it expeditiously without delay.

The proposed reforms were put together after the IEA met the political parties in two separate meetings sponsored by the IEA.

The Electoral Commission now headed by Mrs. Jean Mensah has maintained it will compile a new register for the December polls despite concerns from some major political parties and civil society groups.

The Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) for instance has described as unnecessary the Electoral Commission’s (EC) decision to compile a new voters register ahead of this year’s election.

“I am not really convinced [with the reasons given so far, ]. So far as the recent election is concerned, it [current register] has not deteriorated so much. It has been quite consistent. This is not a big issue. It is not something that we cannot manage if we really want to have a clean register,” Team Lead for Elections at CDD Ghana, Rhoda Osei Afful told Accra-based Citi FM.

Source: starrfm.com.gh

 

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Armed Robbers Storm Obuasi Lenclay Sports Stadium(VIDEO)

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The home grounds of Ghana Premier League giants AshantiGold SC was raided by armed robbers who made away with lighting equipment worth $172,000.

The robbery incident is a major setback to the quest of the club to win the  2020 Ghana Premier League, which is set to begin in two weeks time, as well as the CAF Confederation Cup.

Investigations have however commenced by the Police in Obuasi, though no arrests have been made yet.

The incident which was reported by management of the club, indicated that, the thieves cut the cables meant to be used for electrical works on the flood light and other essential cables at the Len Clay stadium.

AngloGold Ashanti Company Limited, the mining company that owns the community club, have been called in to assess the damage caused by the robbery.

AshantiGold SC are set host Karela United FC at the same venue in the opening day of the 2020/2021 Ghana Premier League on 15 November 2020.

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Every Ghanaian Will Have To Pay GH¢10,000 To Settle Debt Incurred By Akufo-Addo – Sammy Gyamfi

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Sammy Gyamfi, the Communication Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has said that every Ghanaian will have to pay GH¢10,000 to settle the debt accrued by the Akufo-Addo Administration.

At the NDC’s weekly press briefing on Wednesday, he asked electorates to “ignore government’s deceptive semantics about Ghana’s catastrophic debt position.”

According to him, the NDC would expose all of the lies of the Akufo-Addo administration and set the record straight, including currently indebting Ghanaians.

He also noted that the constant and never-ending borrowing of funds by the government had increased the national debt per person ratio.

“Per our current total public debt of ¢258.8 billion as at June 2020…every Ghanaian in Ghana today is indebted to the tune of about ¢10,000,” he stated.

“President Akufo-Addo has added more debt; a whopping ¢138 billion and still counting to Ghana’s public debt in only three and half years, far more than any government has done in the history of this country, and far more than all successive governments since independence,” Mr Gyamfi said.

He also added that even with the Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) status in 2001, the debt-to-GDP ratio of 61% cannot be compared to the current debt ratio held by the country.

“Indeed, our current debt position is worse than where we were when we joined the HIPC debt relief program in the year 2001, at which time our debt to GDP ratio stood at 61%.

“As a matter of fact, our debt position this year is the worst ever in the history of our Fourth republican democracy,” he further added.

 

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Mother of the four kids who died at Amasaman in a fire outbreak finally narrates what really happened

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Yesterday News of 4 kids who were burnt to death after an outbreak of fire at Amasaman broke the Internet.

The mother of the Four whom we identified as Sister Afia has denied the allegations that the eldest daughter was to be blamed for the untimely death of her four children.

The kids age, 7,9,13 and 16 died when the mother left the children to do for an all night in the Vicinity.

The eldest daughter together with the 3 other kids died with the children and according to the mother, she is hurt and heart broken listening to the comment that she was to be blamed.

Narrating the incident to Angel News, Sister Afia happens to be a reverend minister at the church said,”When they opened the building in the course of the fire, my daughter together with her other siblings were already dead”

“So if she left for her boyfriend’s house, how come she is part of the dead children? I am going through a lot so I dont like what they are saying about me and my daughter.

Narrating what happened, she revealed that her daughter asked her to take the lead and promised that she will come with her other siblings.

Thirty minutes later, a neighbor called to inform her about the fire outbreak.

“Upon seeing the fire, I instantly felt my children were dead” She was lucky to have left home with the last born before the fire outbreak”

 

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