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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • In fact, the whole of the country becomes tense as a result of intense politicking and campaign activities during these times. Even in this season, where we have the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and ...

    Written By Rev. Paton E.K. Anyah - Election years are normally marked with a lot of political excitement where parties and their representatives engage in rigorous campaigns to make their candidates popular enough to attract votes from the electorates, in the hope of emerging victorious.

  • The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is considering electronic voting for its parliamentary primaries in the 168 constituencies where the party has sitting Members of Parliament (MPs).

  • A total of 15 aspirants have so far submitted the completed copies of their nomination forms to the Electoral Commission (EC) to enable him to contest the presidential election.

    The flag bearers of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Mr Akwasi Addai Odike, People's Action Party (PAP), Mr Kwesi Busumbru and United Front Party ( UFP), Mr Nana Agyenim Boateng filed their nominations to contest the December 7 General Elections yesterday.

  • A key outcome of this meeting is to develop a concerted approach at having designated desks in major newsrooms in Ghana for reporting PWD issues.

    Persons with disabilities constitute a significant section of Ghana's population who are faced with a lot of challenges in meeting their basic needs as a result of limited access and opportunities to government interventions as well as benefiting from public goods and services. This is a cross-cutting issue in all sectors of our economy for such persons and the media has a key role to play in making all voices count especially that of PWDs in all aspects of the Ghanaian governance process.

  • The opposition party called on Ghanaians to reject the EC’s plans because it felt the commission was yet to present a compelling argument for the compilation of a new register.

    A senior legal practitioner and former President of the Ghana Bar Association, Sam Okudzeto has urged the Electoral Commission (EC) to start the voters’ registration exercise in places outside the partial lockdown.

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