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EC lauded for its bold initiatives to ensure peaceful elections



Right Reverend Professor Joseph Obiri Y. Mante, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, has lauded the Electoral Commission for its bold initiatives to ensure free, fair and credible elections in the December polls.

He also praised the Commissions for always focusing on taking decisions that favoured the national interest.

Prof Mante said this when Mrs Jean Mensa, the EC’s Chairperson, led a delegation to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana to brief them on the need to acquire a New Voter Management System and the compilation of a new voters.

He also assured the Commission of their continuous prayers for excellence in the delivery of its mandate and called on all stakeholders to play their respective roles effectively for the success of the elections.

Addressing the General Assembly, Mrs Mensa said, the new voter registration was meant to ensure appropriate and meaningful use of technology to safeguard the efficacy of the ballot count and the acceptance of results.

She said the quality of the voters’ register plays a critical role in the electoral process and an obsolete and incomplete register could not be relied on for an electoral process which guaranteed the principle of one man, one vote.

Mrs Mensa said the acceptance of results among stakeholders was dependent on how accurate and efficient it identified people and correctly eliminated voter fraud.

She said the analysis made by the Commission and experts made it imperative for the justification of the acquisition of a New Biometric System and a New Voters’ Register.

Mrs Mensa assured them that the Commission would work within the stipulated legal timelines and go through all the processes from registration of voters to the exhibition of the Provisional Register to deliver its mandate of free, fair and credible elections in December, 2020.

The four-member delegation which was led by the Chairperson Mrs Jean Mensa, comprised Dr Bossman Eric Asare, Deputy Chairman, Corporate Services; Mr Samuel Tettey, Deputy Chairman, Operations; and Mrs Sylvia Annoh, Ag. Director of Public Affairs.

Present at the quarterly meeting of the church was Reverend Dr Godwin Nii Noi Odonkor, Clerk of the General Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church; Reverend Antwi, the Public Relations Officer of the Church; Reverend Ishmael D. Asare, Chairperson, Akuapem; Reverend Dr Seth Kissi, Chairperson, Akyem Abuakwa; Mr George Kumi Brobbey, Lay Representative West Akyem; among other Reverend Ministers.

Source: GNA


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“No Time For Politicking Or Partnership, The Enemy Is The Virus” – Prez Akuffo Addo



His Excellency President Nana Akuffo Addo, has warned the various political parties and it members to stop politicizing the novel coronavirus outbreak in Ghana.

Adressing the Nation on his fourth State of the Nation Adress on the epidemic, the president made it public that the war should be taken to the virus and not the party in power. So therefore people should desist from politicising the outbreak.

It would be fair if all political parties come together to help eradicate the virus since everyone can fall victim irrespective of the party one is affiliated to.

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Coronavirus: Akufo-Addo is ‘preoccupied’ with 2020 election



The Attorney General’s Department, is making a strong case for the National Identification Authority (NIA) to be allowed to carry on with the Ghana Card registration in the Eastern region, despite a directive by President Akufo-Addo, limiting public gatherings over the spread of the deadly Coronavirus cases which has risen to 52 and killed two persons.

Godfred Yeboah Dame in filing a defence to respond to a suit filed against the NIA by two individuals to stop the registration exercise said, although the president gave directives for the suspension of public gatherings, the NIA’s work falls under the category of businesses that were permitted to continue to operate, but with adequate precautionary measures.

“…much as the President directed that all public gatherings should be suspended, in the same speech Sunday, 15th March, 2020, the President expressly preserved the continued operation of businesses and other workplaces subject to the observance of prescribed social distancing between patrons and staff.”

“…the effect of the President’s directive is that, manufacturing, industrial and service workplaces, including the civil service and service in other organs of government, local market, supermarket, shopping mall, restaurant, security services and other essential services continue to function, but subject to the strict practice of prescribed social distancing,” he noted in said in the defence.

He further argued that their work is part of public services and as such the ban declared by the president last Sunday, does not include the Ghana card registration and the plaintiffs on that basis, have no case against the authority.

“That the National Identification Authority (NIA) is a statutory authority, part of the public services of Government and performing services which were not proscribed or outlawed by the letter and spirit of the directives of the President dated Sunday, 15th March, 2020.”

Godfred Dame, said the aspect of the President’s directives that concerns it, is in the area of ensuring social distancing and personal hygiene protocols which it has been adhering to.

The Attorney-General, had insisted, that despite a coronavirus outbreak, the registration exercise for the Ghana card, must go on because the identity card will be crucial to vote in December.

This position was contained in its response to a lawsuit demanding the NIA suspend its controversial registration exercise in the Eastern region.

Deputy Attorney’s statement of the government’s defence, said the NIA had instituted strict hygienic measures meant to ensure that the exercise does not become an infection ground for the deadly covid-19.

He accused the plaintiffs -Emmanuel Akumatey and Kevor Mark-Oliver- who are at the Human Rights Court of a “deliberate misconstruction” of the president’s directive, banning public gatherings in the wake of the infections.

The deputy A-G said the president’s directives, issued March 15, 2020, excluded certain classes of businesses and other workplaces.

He prayed the court to dismiss the injunction application, describing it as “grossly unmeritorious and unwarranted.”

The Attorney-General, also asked the court for an early hearing because the NIA exercise is an urgent national objective.

The court is expected to hear the case in two weeks. But Godfred Dame, wants a quick showdown Thursday.

Emmanuel Akumatey and Kevor Mark-Oliver’s case against the NIA, is the second such case against the registration exercise in in the period of COVID-19. It was filed by one lawyer Nii Kpakpo.

In the first case, an Accra High Court presided over by Justice Daniel Mensah, on Monday placed an interim injunction on the NIA’s mass registration exercise in the Eastern region.

Lawyers for the applicants, Justice Srem-Sai Esq., Godwin Dzah Esq and Francis Kwarteng Arthur Esq, prayed the court that the NIA, must be restrained as their continued defiance of the President’s orders, will deprive the applicants of their derivative rights if they (the applicants) decide to heed the president’s call and stay away from the crowd, which is normally associated with this registration exercise, whilst at the same time the respondents defy the same directives.

The court said, it had taken judicial notice of the president’s directive banning all social gatherings and the health risk the registration poses.

The decision of the court was as a result of an interim injunction application brought against the NIA by 29 individuals who reside in the Eastern region.

The applicants led by Prince Tabi (1st Applicant) argued that the registration by NIA, posed some serious health risks for registrants of which the court had to intervene because the Authority is acting ‘unreasonably and unfairly’.

They also made an order for cost and demanded any other remedies that the honourable Court may deem fit under the circumstances.

In their writ, they declared that:

“An order of injunction, restraining the Respondent, its agents, workmen and women, assigns howsoever named or described from continuing to carry out its mass registration exercise in the Eastern Region until such a time that (i) a vaccine is found for the deadly COVID-19 disease; (ii) the Ghana Health Service would declare that the COVID-19 disease is no longer an epidemic in Ghana; or (iii) the World Health Organization would declare that the COVID-19 disease is no longer an epidemic in Ghana, whichever happens last.”

On its part, however, the NIA told the court that it had to continue the registration exercise in other not to disenfranchise people who reside in the Eastern Region due to the Legislative Instrument presented to Parliament by the Electoral Commission which seeks to make the Ghana card and passport, the two major means of getting onto the new voters’ register.

But following the interlocutory injunction application filed at the High Court restraining the NIA from continuing with the registration exercise, the Authority subsequently suspendedthe Ghana Card registration exercise in the Eastern Region.

The exercise was suspended “pending the final determination of the application,” the NIA noted in a statement.

Before the suspension, the NIA insisted that its decision to carry on with the Ghana Card registration exercise in the Eastern Region was not in violation of the directives concerning public gatherings.

This was despite reports indicating that citizens looking to register for the card were massing at some registration centres in contravention of expert advice for curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), for example, said the continuation of the registration was a breach of international and regional human rights instruments.

CHRAJ in a statement also said the NIA’s actions were a disregard of the existing World Health Organization (WHO) precautionary measures aimed at containing and combating the novel coronavirus.

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) also complained that the continuation of the exercise defeated the precautionary measures declared by the state to combat the pandemic.

Source: theheraldghana.com

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Reality will force you to speak truth to your people – Dzokoto slams Akufo-Addo



General Manager of Pluzz FM and NDC parliamentary candidate for the Tarkwa Nsuaem Constituency in the Western Region, Seth Kwame Dzokoto, popularly known as Kwame Dzokoto, has slammed President Akufo-Addo for lying to Ghanaians when he addressed the nation on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

The Saturday night address was Mr. Akufo-Addo’s Update No.3 since the outbreak hit the shores of Ghana.

The President’s address sort to give an update to Ghanaians on drastic measures taken by the government against the spread of the coronavirus.

However, shortly after the President’s address, it emerged that Ghana has recorded two new cases, shooting the total number of confirmed cases from 19 to 21.

Reacting to the President’s address, Kwame Dzokoto criticised that reality will force him [Akufo-Addo] to speak the truth to his people.

According to him, the number of confirmed cases as at the time the President was addressing the nation was 21 but he deducted and mentioned 19 just to portray that the measures he has put in place in the face of the outbreak are having an effect on the nation.

“Reality will force you to speak the truth to your people. At least it was only one lie tonite …the number is 21 today but he deducted his VAT and mentioned 19 …just to portray that his measures are having an effect”, Dzokoto wrote on his Facebook page sighted by Ghanaguardian.com.

He professed that the President only imported the virus into the country but not the one who invented it. He chided him [Nana Addo] to tell Ghanaians every truth about the dreadful disease.

“Mr. President you only imported it but not the inventor …pls tell us the truth”, said Dzokoto.

Meanwhile, the President has announced that all the country’s borders, land, air and sea, will be closed at midnight on Sunday, March 22, 2020, to minimize the number on imported COVID-19 cases.

He explained: “The closure will, however, not apply to goods”.

Source: ghanaguardian.com


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