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Latest Corruption Perception Index shows Nana Addo’s failed corruption fight – NDC

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said Ghana’s latest score on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) signifies President Nana Akufo-Addo’s failed fight against corruption.

Ghana ranked 80 out of 180 countries on the 2019 CPI, which is prepared by Transparency International (TI).

According to the report, Ghana scored 41 out of a possible clean score of 100 – the same score as 2018.

The party in a statement signed by its National Communication Officer, Sammy Gyamfi said the drop by two places on the index is a dent on Ghana’s reputation.

“These latest results of the CPI highlight President Akufo-Addo’s failed fight against corruption in Ghana, as the country could not improve upon its paltry score of 41 points recorded in 2018. According to the latest survey, Ghana ranked dropped from an already low ranking of 78 to 80 out of 180 countries, thereby achieving the unenviable feat of being behind countries such as Namibia, Senegal and Rwanda in the fight
against corruption.

“Our drop of two (2) places on the latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI), is yet another dent on Ghana’s
reputation and a testament to the endemic corruption that has engulfed the Akufo-Addo government.
This latest CPI confirms the recent Afrobarometer survey findings by the Ghana Center for Democratic
Development (CDD), that 53% of Ghanaians think that corruption has worsened under the Akufo-Addo-led
government.”

Mr. Gyamfi cited the PDS, 2018 commonwealth games visa fraud, among others, as clear examples of corruption cases the government failed to tackle.

“Whether it was the PDS scandal, the BOST scandal involving 5 million litres of deliberately contaminated
fuel sold under dubious circumstances, or the PPA scandal or the Australia Visa Fraud scandal, the “#12”
and “Galamsey Fraud” investigations by ace journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, or the recent Northern
Development Authority (NDA) Scandal involving over 400 missing tricycles, President Akufo-Addo has
failed to show a genuine commitment to the fight against corruption.

“Instead of punishing his corrupt officials who have been involved in acts of corruption, President AkufoAddo has turned himself into the chief clearing agent of corruption in his government and has endorsed,
whitewashed and promoted his errant appointees who have been engaged in these corrupt acts. His
continuous support for acts of corruption in his government is what has emboldened his appointees to
entrench themselves in wholesale corruption, thereby eliciting the consistent condemnation of even the
diplomatic community in Ghana.”

Details of CPI

In this year’s index, Denmark and New Zealand top with 87 points each. Syria, South Sudan, and Somalia were at the bottom of the Index with 13, 12 and 9 points respectively.

The highest-scoring region was Western Europe and European Union with an average score of 66, while the lowest scoring region was Sub Sahara Africa, with an average score of 32.

In 2015, Ghana scored 47 and in 2016, came down to 43. In 2017, it recorded the worst performance with an average score of 40 out of 100 and rose marginally to 41 in 2018 and maintained that figure in 2019.

Even though Ghana performed better than neighbouring Burkina Faso as well as Lesotho, the country could not catch up with countries like South Africa, Senegal, São Tomé and Principe that scored better than Ghana in 2018.

Source|Citinewsroom.com

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2020 Election Petition: “We’ve No Reason To Order A Re-Run” – Supreme Court Tells Mahama In Final Ruling

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The Supreme Court by a unanimous decision has ruled the 2020 election petition against the petitioner, John Dramani Mahama.

In a ruling delivered by the Chief Justice Anin Yeboah, “the petition is dismissed as without merits”.

According to the Supreme Court the petitioner did not present to the court any figure to prove his case.

He further indicated that the burden of proof lied on the petitioner to prove that the declaration of results was flawed.

“The petitioner did not demonstrate how the alleged errors affected the validity of the declaration on the 9th. The petitioner has not produced any evidence . . . we have therefore no reason to order a re-run, we accordingly dismiss the petition,” the final ruling indicated.

Fanciful tale

He described the testimonies of the two witnesses by the petitioner as a fanciful tale and that it was only the statement given by the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) that had something to do with the petition.

He emphasized that their testimonies didn’t carry any weight and that they have to blame themselves for abandoning their post.

The court therefore found it unworthy of consideration.

Address of issues to be determined

1. Whether or not the petition discloses any reasonable cause of action

The court said there was a reasonable cause.

The Chief Justice said the court is convinced that the petitioner raised a cause of action and that the argument to dismiss the case by the respondents because it was weak did not hold.

2. Whether or not based on the data contained in the declaration of the 1st Respondent (EC), no candidate obtained more than 50% of the valid votes cast as required by article 63 (3) of the 1992 constitution

The Chief Justice said even though there is no doubt that the Chairperson made a mistake while announcing the figures, it was corrected.

The Chief Justice the went through some questions put to Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the star witness of the petitioner.

it is wrong for the petition to hold on to the errors made by the 1st respondent and that the threshold to declare a president is based on total valid votes cast and not the total vote cast

there is evidence on record to show that the second respondent obtained more than 50 percent and so the second issue does not find favour before the court.

The court insists the EC had the right to make the changes.

3. Whether or not the 2nd Respondent still met the article 63 (3) of the 1992 constitution threshold by the exclusion or inclusion of the Techiman South constituency Presidential Election Results of 2020

The Chief Justice said the second respondent made more than the 50 percent threshold with the exclusion or inclusion of the Techiman South results

4. Whether or not the declaration by the 1st Respondent dated the 9th of December was in violation of article 63 (3) of the 1992 constitution

The Chief Justice indicated that the error in the declaration on 9th December did not affect the results and that it is insufficient to state that there was a violation of Article 63 (3) of the 1992 constitution.

The court is satisfied and states that the figures announced were right and they did not violate Article 63 (3) of the 1992 constitution.

It said the petitioner did not provide enough evidence to back their claim that the declaration by the EC Chairperson was wrong.

“The errors made by the EC cannot take away the true will of the people,” the Supreme Court stated.

5. Whether or not the alleged vote padding and other errors complained of by the petitioner affected the outcome of the Presidential Election results of 2020.

The Chief Justice said the petitioner did not prove his vote padding allegation.

“We find the allegation of vote padding very serious . . . we have observed that this allegation was not proved”.

“We are settled in our minds that the allegation was not proved by credible evidence. Even if it took place it was not substantial to change the results,” Chief Justice Anin Yeboah said.

Conclusion

“The petitioner did not demonstrate how the alleged errors affected the validity of the declaration on the 9th. The petitioner has not produced any evidence . . . we have therefore no reason to order a re-run, we accordingly dismiss the petition”.

Source: Peacefmonline.com

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NDC ‘Admits’ Losing 2020 Presidential Election

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Barely a day to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the 2020 election petition hearing, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has subtly admitted losing the presidential last year.

It would be recalled that lawyers for the flagbearer of NDC, John Mahama, on December 30, 2020, after series of street protests by supporters of the party, filed a lawsuit, challenging the results of the 2020 presidential election.

In a statement at the time, the NDC indicated that the petition detailed “serious violations of the 1992 Constitution by the Electoral Commission and its Chairperson and Returning Officer for the Presidential Election, Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa in the conduct of their constitutional and legal responsibility.”

According to the party, the petition, among other things, sought a declaration from the Supreme Court to the effect that, “the purported declaration of the results of the 2020 Presidential Election on the 9th day of December 2020 is unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.”

But after weeks of legal tussle, the party seemed to have admitted that indeed, its candidate, Mr Mahama lost the election.

Despite calling for a rerun between Mr Mahama and incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo In its Petition, the NDC in a letter dated March 2, 2021, and addressed to the Electoral Commission Chairperson, Jean Mensa, said it did not obtain required 50.1 percent to win the race.

According to the letter signed by NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, requesting for a refund of its presidential and parliamentary filing fees, the NDC indicated that it obtained 47.397%.

In the letter dated March 2, 2021, the NDC’s Functional Executive Committee (FEC) informed the EC boss that “it is formally requesting for a refund of deposits it made in respect of its presidential and parliamentary candidates.”

The party cited Regulations 46 (1) and 46 (3) of C.I. 127 to back its demand.

According to NDC, Regulations 46 (1) and 46 (3) of C.I. 127 “spell out the conditions for a refund or forfeiture of deposits made by presidential or parliamentary candidates.

It noted that regulations spell out that “a presidential or parliamentary candidate must obtain a minimum of 25% and 12.5% respectively in a general election to qualify for a refund.”

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Dismiss Mahama’s strange election petition – EC tell Supreme Court

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The Electoral Commission (EC), 1st Respondent in the ongoing Election Petition at Ghana’s Supreme Court, says the petition is a strange one with the Petitioner not having evidence to challenge the December 7, 2020, election result which was declared on December 9, 2020.

“It is unfortunate that an innocuous error made by the Chairperson of the 1st Respondent in the declaration of the results on December 9, 2020, which had no bearing on the outcome of the election results has triggered this Petition,” parts of the 66-page written address by counsel for the EC said.

“As part of the 1st Respondent’s efforts to strengthen its electoral processes and build a further layer of accountability and scrutiny in its work, the 1st Respondent in collaboration with the Attorney General’s Department and subsidiary legislation committee of the Parliament of Ghana developed a Constitutional Instrument (CI 127) to govern the conduct of elections.”

The EC’s counsel insisted, “CI 127 introduced the Regional Collation Centres which provide an avenue for the involvement and participation of Candidates’ Agents in the collation of the Presidential Election Results at the Regional Collation Centres. This is a departure from the past where 275 constituency collation results were faxed directly to the Returning Officer at the National Collation Centre. Today the Returning Officer receives at the NCC [National Collation Centre aka Strong Room] only 16 Regional Results comprising all the constituencies in each Region. This is a major improvement and tidier and more efficient results collation process.”

John Dramani Mahama, the Petitioner and flagbearer for the NDC in the December 7 elections is praying the Supreme Court of Ghana to annul the results of the presidential election declared by the Chairperson of the 1st Respondent on December 9, 2020.

He argues that figures from the 1st Respondent show clearly that none of the candidates met the constitutional threshold of winning the election with more than 50 per cent of the total valid votes.

But the EC, together with Nana Akufo-Addo who was declared president-elect “prays for a dismissal of the Petition”.

The Supreme Court has set March 4, 2021, to deliver judgement.

 

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