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Minority boycotts deliberations on 2020 EC’s budget.



The Minority in Ghana’s Parliament staged a walkout Saturday during a special sitting to approve the 2020 budget estimates of the Electoral Commission of Ghana.

The minority’s action follows a demand it made on the EC on Friday to furnish Parliament with documents that justify its request for over GH¢1b for the purposes of compiling a new voters’ register for the 2020 elections.

When the EC appeared before Parliament Saturday, at a special sitting called for the purpose of allowing it to meet the minority’s demand and to pave the way for the approval of its budget before parliament rises for the Christmas break, the National Democratic Congress Members of Parliament alleged that the commission had not complied satisfactorily with its request.

According to the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, the EC has not convinced the NDC side of the House on why a new voter register must be compiled.

“We on this side cannot appreciate why the government would have to spend nearly GH¢1b to produce a new register and set aside a register that gave birth to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and all the Members of Parliament.

“Mr Speaker I owe you some level of respect but I am compelled to move out with the minority in protest. We will not support a new voter register,” Iddrisu said as he led the minority to boycott the rest of the deliberations on the EC’s budget.

This, however, was not enough to stop the ongoing debate of the budget of the EC.

Meanwhile, the EC has been justifying the need for a new voter register.

Deputy Chairperson of the Commission, Mr Samuel Tettey, at a press briefing reiterated the need for one when he said “The current register is credible but it has been stretched to a point where you don’t want to take that same risk. We want to have something that is more credible.”

“If you remember, during the exhibition some of you heard that some people were not captured because of the equipment we are using…” he added.

Source: Myjoyonline.com


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NPP Promises ‘One Youth, One Rent’ If Reelected for A 2nd Term



The ruling NPP government has promised the youth of Ghana a rental assistance scheme if re-elected into office which I’m calling the ‘One Youth, One Rent’ policy.

According to NPP Communication Team member Nana Akomea, the scheme would pay rent advance for young people to help them deal with the huge problem of finding huge sums of money to pay rent.

With elections just around the corner, the NPP has remembered the rent problem and are promising to solve it if reelected.

According to Akomea, they are setting up an agency – National Rental Assistance Scheme – to provide low-interest loans to young people so they can get the money needed to rent and pay it back bit by bit.

“Government will in effect pay the rent Advance for you, and you pay the rent monthly to the scheme.

“In effect then, the NPP government in its next term will eliminate the big problem of rent advance facing the youth and indeed many other Ghanaians,” Akomea said.

In much of the world, rent is a utility just like electricity and water and people therefore pay their rent on a monthly basis.

In Ghana however, the people have zero governmental protections and you’re forced to pay your rent on a two-year basis.

That means young people have to find gargantuan sums of money to pay for their often two-year rent advance.

This is a big problem for many young people who often don’t have that much income, not to talk of raising that gargantuan sums.

The NPP is therefore counting on it as an issue which can help them galvanise the youth vote.

That’s if anyone would believe their claims – they’ve had four years to do this and they’ve done literally nothing but elections are around the corner and voila – they have all the solutions.

Reelect them and see them forget this easily until the next election comes around.

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“After borrowing $9billion, NPP can only boast of free SHS” – John Dramani Mahama



The former President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama says the only thing the New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by President Nana Akufo Addo Dankwa Addo, can boast of is Free SHS after borrowing $9 billion from the Capital Market

According to John Mahama during an interview on TV XYZ, his administration left office with a rich economy for the NPP to take advantage in developing the country.

However, he said President Akufo-Addo and the NPP government has failed Ghanaians, and on top of that, accumulated huge debt with their gargantuan borrowing.

He added that, at the time he was leaving office he had completed two more oil fields. That virtually tripled revenue from oil but what did they do with the money.

With the kind of resources we left them, I’m surprised and shocked at his very abysmal performance. We managed this economy with one oil field which is the jubilee field. At the time we were leaving office we had completed two more oil fields. That virtually tripled revenue from oil

With that kind of extra revenue, one could just imagine what they could have done in terms of transforming the economy. But they’ve not been able to, I mean you can see everywhere there is nothing to show for it. Their only claim to fame is Free SHS and so the Free SHS is been funded with revenue from oil but aside from that there is nothing to show for it

he said


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Let’s Keep Akufo-Addo At The 1st Position – First Lady Tells Voters



First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has rallied voters in the Trobu constituency in the Greater Accra Region behind the New Patriotic Party (NPP), urging them to retain President Akufo-Addo as the first gentleman of the country.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo while addressing the electorates during a working visit to the constituency, recounted how the electorates voted massively for the NPP in the last elections, adding that December 7 presented another opportunity for them to show their support to the good work the government is doing.

“Four years ago, I came here to seek your votes for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and your parliamentary candidate, Moses Anim and you did just that so, I am here to thank you for your votes and again ask that you keep the NPP in power in the December 7 elections,” she said.

The First Lady said the NPP government had kept its promises to the people of Ghana by introducing policies and programmes that were greatly impacting the lives of Ghanaians.

“You know the things we are doing all over the country, Free SHS for our children to get educated and in the north for instance, the one village one dam has helped the farmers and created more jobs for the youth, one constituency, one ambulance has also been implemented to enhance emergency healthcare, these are all things the president said he would do when elected and he has indeed done them,” she added.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo therefore urged the people to go all out on December 7 and vote for the NPP barring any fear of violence or apathy as every vote was important.

“President Akufo-Addo is at the number one position so it is very easy for us to identify and vote for him so we can continue to move forward as a country,” she stated.

The First Lady’s visit took her to the Muus Timber Market, the Ofankor and the Pokuase Markets where she interacted with the traders and shared the good news of the NPP government.

She also joined the NPP MP for Trobu, Moses Anim, to inspect an on-going three-storey project at the Amamorley Health Centre being undertaken by his share of the MPs Common Fund and made some donation of hospital consumables to the facility.

Chairman of Muus Timber Market traders, Kofi Asante, expressed joy at the First Lady’s visit and asked that she sends their gratitude to President Akufo-Addo for his assistance after the fire outbreak that occurred at the market in December 2015.

He however appealed to the First Lady to intervene in what he termed as harassment by officers of the forestry commission at the various barriers when hauling wood to the Muus Timber Market.

The Pokuase Market Queen, Naa Ayikai Otoo who was visibly elated about the First Lady’s visit said the many social intervention policies implemented by the Akufo-Addo led government have significantly mitigated their economic challenges and created employment for their spouses and children.

While assuring the First Lady of their votes, Naa Ayikai Otoo prayed for assistance in accessing the Covid-19 stimulus package for small scale businesses.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo on her part assured the traders their concerns will be given the needed attention.

Addressing traditional leaders at the Ofankor MA School Park, the First Lady thanked the traditional leaders of Trobu for supporting President Akufo-Addo in his service to the country.

She said though the Akufo-Addo led administration has achieved so much in less than four years it was vital to retain the NPP in office so the gains attained so far can be sustained.

The MP for Trobu Constituency, Moses Anim, assured his constituents of the NPP’s readiness to continue with their good works of bringing economic and social development to the area.

“Look out for the first position on the ballot paper which will be occupied by President Akufo-Addo and the NPP’s parliamentary candidate and vote for them accordingly,” he said.


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