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  • Whilst acknowledging the work done by her predecessors, Mrs Jean Mensa noted that she inherited a very weak institution.

    “I said it to you before, and I will repeat it. I don’t need the Electoral Commission to win an election; I don’t want to win an election in Ghana because of the Electoral Commission. I want to win an election in Ghana because of the people of Ghana; that they make a free and open choice that Akufo-Addo will be, again, their choice.”

  • The statement said President Akufo-Addo was "hopeful that the Council of State will discharge its constitutional duty expeditiously, to enable him make these critical appointments to this very important institution of State."

    President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has nominated the Executive Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensa, to be considered for appointment as the new chairperson of the Electoral Commission.

  • According to her, the appearance of masked and armed men, was not part of the security arrangement made and that the EC itself was at a loss when their presence was reported.

    The Electoral Commission (EC) has dismissed suggestions linking violence with the successful conduct of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election last Thursday.

  • CHRAJ similarly wants the President or the Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 to advise the EC on the potential public health risk and safety associated with the planned Voters' Registration.

    The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) wants President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to call the National Identification Authority (NIA) to order following its continuance of the mass Ghana Card registration exercise in the Eastern Region in the face of the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ghana.

  • The Electoral Commission of Ghana says it will institute measures to ensure that the compilation of the new voters' register goes ahead in the face of the threat from the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

  • Two Ghanaian nationals, Mark Oliver Kevor and Emmanuel Akumatey Okrah on Thursday sued the NIA for not halting the Ghana Card registration exercise ...

    The National Identification Authority (NIA) has suspended the ongoing mass registration exercise in the Eastern region.

  • Dr Kofi A. Boateng, Ms Nellie Kemevor, Mr Obed Danquah, Mr Christiana Sillim and Mr Agyenim Boateng sued the electoral management body on the basis that it had “gone to sleep” and refused to implement Act 699, 11 years after it was passed.

    The Electoral Commission (EC) has been given a 12-month extension to operationalise the law that permits Ghanaians living abroad to vote in national elections, the Representation of the People Amendment Act (ROPAA).

  • 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.

  • Mrs Mensa has, therefore, called on the public or any individual with information concerning the matter to assist the police who have begun investigation into the case.

    The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mrs Jean Mensa, has indicated that the credibility of the commission matters more than shielding any official.

  • But in its motion filed on January 30, the EC is praying the court to extend the 12 month deadline, which ended in December 2018, to January, 2020.

    The Electoral Commission( EC) has filed a motion appealing to the Accra High Court to extend the deadline that the court gave it to operationalise the Representation of the People Amendment Act (ROPAA), 2006 (Act 699), which gives Ghanaians in the Diaspora the right to vote from abroad.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The plaintiff wants the court to order the EC to undertake the 2019 limited voter registration exercise in the manner prescribed by law in order to avoid altogether or minimise the suppression of votes, particularly in the rural constituencies of the country.

    A Ghanaian based in Daboya in the Savannah Region has dragged the Electoral Commission (EC) to the Supreme Court over its decision to allow online voter registration in the limited registration exercise.

  • Justifying the need for a new Biometric Voters Register for #Election2020, Mr. Tettey said the present register is bloated yet ...

    The Electoral Commission has announced it will procure a new Biometric Voter Management System as well as compile a new Voters Register for the 2020 general 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.

  • At the national level, citizens are given the opportunity directly to elect the President. However, at the local assembly level, citizens are not the ultimate deciders of their leaders, in this case the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).

    Written By Zephaniah Kwesi Danaa - Ghana is constantly held in high esteem when democracy is used as a benchmark to determine how well countries are doing in terms of governance.

  • The EC has indicated that it would compile a new Biometric Voters Registration System (BVRS) for the conduct of this year’s election scheduled for December 7.

    The government is not contemplating to extend its term in office using the COVID-19 as an excuse not to hold a free and fair election, the Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has said.

  • It followed a legal action initiated by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo Prampram, Mr Sam Nartey George.

    The Tema High Court has placed an interim injunction on the planned workshop by the Electoral Commission (EC) to train its officers for the forthcoming voter’s registration exercise.

  • It is important that the EC, like the Judiciary, must be independent.

    As I wrote last week, I am not against a replacement of the register; if it is not changed today, it would eventually have to be changed, anyway, after the December elections.

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