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NDC begins Rawlings’s funeral immediately; holds vigil Sunday

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it has lined up a number of funeral activities to celebrate founder Jerry John Rawlings.

Mr Rawlings, who founded NDC in 1992, died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra on Thursday, November 12 after a short illness.

An “urgent” meeting of the party’s Political Committee was chaired by the current leader, John Dramani Mahama, on Friday on the way forward.

“At a meeting of the Political Committee of the party on Friday morning, we reaffirmed the party’s commitment to celebrating the life of our dear Founder,” a press release signed by General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia said.

First of all, a book of condolence has been opened at the party’s headquarters in Adabraka, a suburb of Accra, while the party’s offices across the nation will be draped in red and black with flags flying at half-mast.

“A vigil will be held in Accra at the Obra Spot on Sunday, from 5:00 pm till midnight.”

All regional, constituency and branch executives have been directed to organise “appropriate” funeral related activities at their various levels.

“In pursuit of President Rawlings’s strong convictions of probity, accountability and transparency, the NDC will continue our fight to rid the country of corruption, nepotism and cronyism.

“We will not take our eyes off the ball until our goal is achieved,” the released stressed.

It said the late president lived a simple life and he abhorred ostentation of any sort.

The party has therefore decided to organise the funeral-related activities “in line with his long-cherished ideals and the principles he stood for”.

Source: 3 News

 

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News In: Diego Maradona Kicks The Bucket

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Football star, Diego Armando Maradona has been confirmed dead at age 60.

According to reports, he died from cardiac arrest. He died in his home in Tigre, Argentina.

Maradona had been recuperating from the removal of a blood clot on the brain.

Maradona, regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, helped Argentina win the World Cup in 1986, the pinnacle of an illustrious career.

He played club football for Boca Juniors, Napoli and Barcelona among others and was adored by millions all over the world for his brilliant skills.

Maradona was responsible for the infamous ‘Hand of God’ that eliminated England from the 1986 tournament.

His career was also tinged with controversy because of drug and alcohol addiction.

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Akufo-Addo directs needy student who scored 8As to be given full scholarship

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President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat to grant full scholarship to one Thomas Amoaning of Adeiso Senior High School.

Master Amoaning is reported to have scored 8As in the 2020 West Africa Senior Schools Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

His plight made rounds on social media given his background.

“As a normal practice and taking into consideration the socio-geographical background of the student, HE the President has expressly directed the Ghana Scholarships Secretariat to grant full scholarship award to the student for his tertiary studies,” a release from the Secretariat on Tuesday, November 24 said.

“The Scholarships Secretariat has subsequently established contact with the student and parents and will on Friday 27th November, 2020 pay a visit to the family to discuss their needs in detail,” the release signed by Registrar of the Secretariat Kingsley Agyemang said.

Meanwhile, the Secretariat announces for the information of WASSCE graduates that there will be a “big announcement” on Tuesday, December 1.

“The retooled Ghana Scholarships Secretariat is now strategically positioned to effectively deliver on its mandate of awarding scholarships to Ghanaians for tertiary education,” the release said.

 

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Election 2020: Supreme Court sets target for election petition

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The Supreme Court is set to deal with any election petition that will arise out of the 2020 elections in 42 days maximum.

Justice Jones Dotse, the Chairperson of the Election Manual Review Committee, any suit challenging a presidential election will only be allowed from contestants in the election and only against the winner and the Electoral Commission.

“There’s a nice write-up on the manual which indicates that the Supreme Court is proposing that should there be any dispute, it will not go beyond 42 days,” he stated.

This is to prevent a repetition of the election petition of 2012 which dragged for eight months.

Governance expert said it affected the country as the government of the day was too cautious in taking certain decisions.

The business community was also affected as a lot of investors wanted to be certain the direction the country was going before investing in the country.

Speaking at the launch of the 4th Edition of the Manual on Election Adjudication, Justice Jones Dotse disclosed that processes on who can sue and join the suit has been spelt out.

“And there are major significant changes in the law in the sense that now if you are interested in questioning or initiating a presidential election dispute, you must have been a candidate in that election and you can only sue the one who has been declared as the winner by the EC and the EC, that’s all. ” he added.

On his part, Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah indicated the readiness of the Judiciary to deal with all election related suits.

“While not everyone will agree with our decisions, I can assure you that they (political) have all seen and motivated by the national interest underpinned by first and foremost the judicial principles for which the judiciary stands for geared towards the sanctity of our motherland,” he said.

He added, “Our judges had sufficient training to better improve their capacity in handling dispute that might emerge after these elections.”

The Chief Justice assured “Ghanaians of the thoroughness, professionalism and patriotism with which we approach and dispense our duties that would never change.”

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