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Martin Amidu rejected sitting allowances paid to him since 2018

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It has emerged that the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu rejected all sitting allowances paid to him since he took the office in 2018.

The amount totals GHS 12,696.

A document sighted by Citi News indicates that the total amount was for sittings between December 2018 and May 2020.

On December 21, 2018 he was presented with a cheque of GHS 5,560 as August to December 2018 board allowances.

For four other board sitting allowances, he was paid GHS 1,440 each.

On May 21, 2020, he was paid GHS 1,376 for sitting in an entity tender committee meeting as allowance.

Citi News sources say Martin Amidu was of the view that the board meetings, most of which were in the board room of the Office of the Special Prosecutor, were during his working hours as Special Prosecutor hence didn’t see the need for special allowances for such meetings.

Martin Amidu had also rejected a cheque given to him for honouring an invitation to speak at an event organized by the Audit Service.

It is reported that efforts to get the Audit Service to take back their cheque proved futile until its expiration.

Martin Amidu on Monday November 16, 2020 resigned unexpectedly from office as the country’s Special Prosecutor.

Among other things, he cited interference by the government in his work although he is supposed to be independent and also the death of former President Jerry John Rawlings who to him, was a source of protection from the threats on his life after conducting a corruption risk assessment on the controversial Agyapa Mineral Royalties deal.

Martin Amidu’s decision has been received with mixed reactions with some accusing the president of having double standards on the fight against corruption.

Others have said the Special Prosecutor should have have persisted and worked harder to prosecute corrupt officials.

 

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EC publishes 2020 Special Voters list

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has announced the publication of the special voters’ list for the December 7 polls.

The special voting list is to pave way for individuals who will perform special duties on December 7 vote ahead of the big day.

It covers security, media personnel, and election officials who will be unable to vote at the polling stations where they registered.

The EC, in a statement, noted that the list is available on its website for the individuals who fall within the set categories to check their names.

It added soft copies of the special voters’ register have been provided to the representatives of organisations participating in the exercise to enable their members to verify their details and locations ahead of time.

Meanwhile, the special voting exercise has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

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Fuel prices likely to increase next year

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Executive Director for the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers Ghana (COPEC), Duncan Amoah, has said prices of petroleum products are likely to increase next year.

According to Mr Amoah, the likely price increments is due to the change in US government.

He posits that the new US government, headed by Joe Biden, is more inclined to environmental protection and as such might put a cap on the volumes of oil produced by the US.

“The Democrat party which is now coming into government is more concerned about environmental issues and are more likely to put a cap on oil production because they believe it destroys the environment,” he stated.

“So if a cap is placed on the volume of oil production from the US, supply side is going to take a hit and oil prices for 2021 might go beyond the $50 mark and what that means for us as a country who imports finished oil products, will be to pay more for it,” he added.

The Executive Director of COPEC made the projection on the sidelines of a workshop to educate the media on energy and petroleum issues.

Norvanreports.com

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“Nana Addo will win 2020 election” according to University of Ghana study

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According to a study conducted by the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, NPP’s Nana Addo will come out as the winner of the forth coming 2020 elections.

The research spanned 100 constituencies purposively selected across all 16 regions with 11,949 respondents out of a targeted 12,000 in a random sampling manner.

According to the survey, 51.7% of respondents said they will vote for the incumbent President Akufo-Addo while 40.4% opted for the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Mahama.

The survey which was carried out between November 12 to 22 this year was presented by Kaakyire Duku Frempong, a lead researcher on the project.

Speaking to the press, he explained that 80.9% of respondents said their decision on who to vote for was final.

Furthermore, 53.5% of respondents also believe the NPP-led government has delivered on its promises made during the 2016 election campaign.

However, the Ghana Union Movement (GUM) came third in the hierarchy of the respondents’ decision with regards to their preferred party with 1.3%.

“Maybe GUM is becoming the third force,” Mr Frempong added.

The survey also showed that 3.7% of the respondents are yet to decide who they will vote for on December 7, 2020.

The rationale behind the survey was to study the dynamics, choices, issues, policies and programmes of political parties and candidates as the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections approach.

Source: myjoyonline.com

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