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  • These were the words of the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Jean Mensa, as she responded to a question on how the Commission would rate its performance in the just ended mass voter registration exercise.

    In my law class 30 years ago, one of the profound doctrines was the Latin expression "Res ispa loquitur," which means the thing speaks for it self; and on that premise, we will leave the good people of Ghana to judge our performance.

  • Madam Jean Mensa said the EC has so far captured more than 12 million voters onto the voters register.

    The Electoral Commission (EC), has introduced an online filing procedure for the 2020 general election.

  • Regrettably, these processes are plagued by irregularities and corruption, resulting in armed conflicts in many African countries.

    Written By Mawuli Avutor - Elections constitute one of the key pillars of a vibrant democracy, where leaders assume power following transparent, free, fair and competitive polls.

  • If that process can and should be engaged, how is that different from a new voter registration exercise in terms of social distance and hygiene protocols within the context of COVID-19?

    It appears that all across sub-Saharan Africa, general elections are very much a ‘do-or-die affair’ with violence and allegations of rigging as part of the menu. In many cases, beyond the glossy manifestoes and the fine, high-brow speeches, the political parties run along ethnic and/or religious fault lines and ancient, deep-seated animosities easily light up with the spark of the ballot box.

  • The exercise is open to all Ghanaian citizens who are 18 years old and above and of sound mind.

    The Electoral Commission (EC) has set June 30 as the commencement date for the compilation of the new voter's register.

  • Per the EC’s interim calendar of activities, it will begin the compilation of a new voters register for the 2020 elections from April 18 to May 30, 2020.

    The date for this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections remains December 7, the Electoral Commission (EC) has confirmed.

  • She indicated that the list of affected persons would be provided at the various polling stations to prevent them from voting on December 7.

    The Electoral Commission (EC) has deleted some 30,000 names from the voters register.

  • Political parties with representation on the committee are the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the Convention People’s Party (CPP), the Progressive People's Party (PPP) and the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG).

    The Electoral Commission (EC) has inaugurated a voter registration adjudication committee to help expunge the names of multiple registrants from the voters register.

  • Anyone who does not have any of those two documents will have to get people to vouch for them that they are Ghanaians.

    The Electoral Commission (EC) is planning not to accept old voters ID cards and birth certificates as a primary form of identification in the new voters registration exercise planned for April 2020.

  • Now we are on course for the 2020 elections, and campaign has all but started.

    Written By Rodney Nkrumah Boateng - Ghana has had several bitterly fought general elections since independence. Indeed, even before independence, each of the 1951, 1954 and 1957 elections came with its own drama, with the Convention People’s Party (CPP) winning all three.

  • Out of the total 17,029,971 valid voters on the Register, the Region has 3,529,181, followed closely by Ashanti Region, with 3,020,141 voters.

    The Greater Accra Region has the highest valid voter population for the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.

  • He added that since the register is clean, using $800 million for a new register does not augur well for the country's finances.

    The National Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Sammy Gyamfi, has accused the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, of conspiring with the Electoral Commissioner, Madam Jean Mensah, to manipulate the 2020 elections.

  • The violence at Ayawaso West Wuogon, the failure of the main opposition and the government to resolve the issues ...

    Written By Amankwah Benjamin Kwame - Humans would not have been superstitious, if they could handle all their circumstances by set rules or if they were always favoured by fortune.

  • As promises are being sold over the place, one issue that has not come out strongly is the kind of society that we are working towards. What is the model? What are the inspiration and visions?

    It is an election year and we will be deciding on the future and direction of the nation for the next four years and more. Manifestos have been launched. Speeches and have been given. Promises of what will be done are being thrown all over the place.

  • The other aspirants include former President John Mahama, the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Kingsford Sumani Bagbin; a former Trade Minister, Mr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah and a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Mr Sylvester Adinam Mensah.

    A founder member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and presidential hopeful, Mr Augustus Goosie Tanoh has become the 11th presidential aspirant to officially inform the NDC about his intentions to contest the 2020 flagbearership slot of the party.

  • It is a legal known that the term of office of (a) the President (article 66(1)); (b) his Ministers (JH Mensah v Attorney-General, 1997); (c) the Speaker and Members of Parliament (article 113(1)) expires on January 6, 2021.

    Written by Dr. Abdul Baasit Aziz Bamba - Unless the COVID-19 crisis subsides to enable the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections to be held by December 7, 2020, we will be confronted with a constitutional crisis by reason of the combination of certain legal “knowns” and “unknowns”. The legal knowns represent clear and obvious legal situations, which appear to be beyond legal controversy whilst the legal unknowns are suppositions and conjectures based on “ifs” and “buts”.

  • Expectedly, the debate has taken partisan paths with the ruling party backing the decision and the opposition vehemently opposing.

    Written By Baffour Agyeman-Duah (Prof.) - A fierce debate rages over the decision by the Electoral Commission (EC) to compile a new biometric voters register for the December 2020 elections.

  • President Akufo-Addo expressed surprise at the fact that the very person (Mr Mahama) who claimed that the free SHS was not good now wants to be recognised as the originator of the policy.

    President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says former President John Mahama has resorted to lies and outright fabrications because he does not fear God.

  • On his youthfulness for the position, he posited that if after 60 plus years of independence, the older generation, who have been in charge of running the country’s affairs, are yet to catapult the country to the Promised Land,...

    International development expert and chartered accountant, Mr. Marricke K. Gane, says he is pondering a run for the highest and toughest job in the land.

  • It was apparently a politically-motivated decision intended to squeeze ample time for the Electoral Commission (EC) to compile a new voters register for the 2020 general elections - especially when the General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has stated that a new voters register will start in May.

    With many countries reeling from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, leadership is proving to be a model of recovery and to lift the countries from the lockdown to transformation. Effective crisis leadership is all about the people: lessening the impact of chaos on those you lead by paying attention to resource allocation, communication, clarity of vision, and caring relationships. In the midst of chaos, leaders cannot allow themselves to get overwhelmed or become immobilized by political persuasions. More so, they go beyond merely responding to crisis to being proactive and positive change agents.

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