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Ghana’s 2020 election ‘free and fair’ – US Vice-president Kamala Harris

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The Vice-president of the United States of America, Kamala Harris, has stated that Ghana’s 2020 polls that saw the re-election of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, was free and fair.

Vice-president Harris made this known on Thursday, 23 September 2021, when she held bilateral talks with President Akufo-Addo at the White House, with the aim of strengthening the ties of cooperation and friendship that exist between the two countries.

Addressing a press conference prior to the holding of a closed-door meeting between the pair and their delegations, the US Vice-president indicated that Ghana and the United States share a commitment to democracy.

“We, these two nations, share commitment to democracy”, she noted, adding: “Last December, the people of Ghana voted in a free and fair election that demonstrated your nation’s commitment to democratic principles and institutions”.

We share a view that all people must have a voice in their future, that our democracies are stronger when everyone participates and weaker when anyone is left out”, the US Vice-president said.

Ghana’s main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and its 2020 flag bearer, former President John Dramani Mahama, rejected the election results and described it as fraudulent.

The NDC accused the Electoral Commission of rigging the polls for Mr Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party.

Mr Mahama sought redress at the Supreme Court in Ghana’s second election petition but the apex court upheld the results of the presidential election.

The apex court said the petitioner failed to prove that the winner did not cross the constitutionally-required threshold of more than 50 per cent of the votes cast.

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Bawumia will contest for NPP’s 2024 flagbearship – Chief of Staff confirms

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Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia will contest for the flagbearership of the ruling New Patriotic Party, NPP, when polls are held for successor to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

“When the time comes, yes, he will contest…It is in the papers that he is one of the front runners, but it is a bit premature. When the time comes, he will make public whatever his intents are…”his Chief of Staff, Fred Oware, told Accra-based Citi TV in an interview.

It is the first time that there has been a public admission from Bawumia’s office that he will contest to lead the party.

The Veep on Friday, October 15, 2021; presented cash sums to the party structures in the Greater Accra region.

An amount of 20,000 cedis was presented to the regional secretariat whiles 2000 cedis went to each of the 23 constituencies in the region.

Oware stressed that Bawumia’s financial donations were strictly out of his strong belief that the party needs to be resourced.

“He is a member of the government, we very well understand that without the party, there is no New Patriotic Party government.”

He stressed that, for Bawumia, once the political mandate is secured, party events and structures need to be supported by all government officials.

He said far from campaigning with the donations, he was making them in his personal capacity as an NPP member and sitting VP purely to sustain activities of the party, adding that it will not be the first or the last.

The NPP will hold elections in December 2023 to elect a new flagbearer for the 2024 elections. Other frontrunners include Trade and Industry Minister Alan Kyeremanten and Food and Agriculture Minister, Afriyie Akoto Osei.

Source: ghanaweb.com

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Allow open contest for 2024 flagbearer slot – Mahama to NDC faithful

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has stated that he is open to the idea of a democratic contest when next the party elects a flagbearer for the next presidential election slated for 2024.

Speaking to party faithful in the Western Region on Thursday, October 14, 2021, as part of his ‘Thank You’ tour, Mahama said the National Democratic Congress, NDC, must support whoever emerges as its candidate after that election.

“From next year, we (NDC) will begin our branch, constituency, regional and national elections. From there we will do our flagbearership elections.

“The NDC is a democratic party so all those who show interest and qualify to contest must be allowed to do so. We must all support whoever emerges victorious into the 2024 elections, and I am certain that God will give us victory,” he said.

His views tie into that of Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu who in a recent interview with Citi TV said that the flagbearership slot had to be subjected to a democratic process.

His view is at variance to that which is espoused by MP for Odododiodioo, Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye and former deputy Sports Minister, Joseph Yammin.

The duo along with others believe that Mahama is the most marketable candidate of the NDC and any contender for the flagbearer slot will flop woefully.

Former Finance Minister Dr. Kwabena Duffuor is seen as the sole possible contender even though he has yet to declare any such intentions.

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Sam George is the future of the NDC- NPP’s Gabby Otchere-Darko says after he dismantled CNN journalist 

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NPP’s Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko has hailed Ningo Prampram, Sam George as the surest presidential candidate for Democratic Congress (NDC) in the not too distant future.

He made the comment after the astute lawmaker distinguished himself in an interview with CNN concerning the anti-gay bill before Parliament.

In a tweet, Gabby described Sam George as young, articulate, driven, bold, & extremely popular which underlines his credentials to lead the NDC in the future.

“If politics is all about populism & popularity then I have fantastic news for the NDC: they have found their next presidential candidate & he is the MP for Ningo Prampram #SamGeorge. Young, articulate, driven, bold, & extremely popular. The main sponsor of the anti-LBGTQI Bill,” he tweeted.

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