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The Inter-Party Resistance Against New Voter Register (IPRAN), has petitioned former President Jerry John Rawlings to seek his counsel in its quest to stop the Electoral Commission from compiling a new register ahead of the 2020 elections.

A delegation of the coalition, led by Peoples National Convention (PNC) National Chairman, Bernard Mornah, who met the former President at his office on Tuesday, said the Electoral Commission’s “refusal to listen to wise counsel particularly from persons who have participated in the electoral process for a very long time has led to very painful but wrong decisions”.

The coalition said while the Electoral Commission may have a mandate to compile a new register, “The mandate must be within reasonable limits. The mandate of leadership is vested in the people and the Ghanaian people are saying that apply some economic reasoning. We are telling the Electoral Commission that if it’s not broken, don’t fix it!”

Detailing the group’s stance against the Electoral Commission’s proposal, the PNC Chairman said during the last local government elections there was a 0.6 failure rate with the use of the existing biometric equipment and questioned why based on such a high efficiency rate, the Commission would wish to replace equipment and also do away with 17 million names in the voter database.

Mornah said Civil Society organisations had gone into the market and done an assessment of the features the Electoral Commission intends to introduce and realized that the Commission’s budget of $833 million is 60 per cent above budget.

LIMITED VOTER REGISTRATION
The IPRAN spokesperson was critical of the Electoral Commission’s planning, stating that it was a waste of resources for the Commission to organize a limited voter registration exercise in 2019 only to turn around a few months later with plans to discard the register it had only recently updated.

The coalition said compiling a new voters register in an election year will come at a huge cost to political parties in terms of time and resources. “Having the registration means the parties have to jettison some of their programmes to accommodate the process. From May to July we expect the Electoral Commission to compile the register, after which they will have to exhibit it. This will give the parties very limited time to campaign. If you do a cursory assessment, each political party needs about ¢180 million to accommodate the marshalling, training of registration agents and other logistics for the registration exercise.”

Expressing concern about the hardline stance of the Electoral Commission, Bernard Mornah noted that during the last limited voter registration exercise when the Commission was informed there were approximately 1,700,000 potential new registrants it estimated for 700,000 persons and decided to use only their district offices for the processes against counsel from the political parties. “Eventually when the registration was done, with all the shortfalls, we registered 1.2milion people, indicative of the fact that if they hadn’t failed to listen to counsel we could have had more people on the new register.”

IPAC
National Democratic Congress Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo also expressed concern about the seeming neglect of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) by the current Commission. He said Ghana’s democracy had been managed on consensus building since 1992.

“Even when the NPP boycotted Parliament in 1992 and did not participate in the election under your leadership (President Rawlings’), IPAC was designed so that NPP outside Parliament can make some input into our electoral laws as we moved into the 1996 elections, so that they will also have some say. IPAC has been a time-tested institution. Even though not backed by law, by convention it has helped in shaping the electoral process of this country. Unfortunately, under the new Electoral Commission leadership, engagement with IPAC is not part of their agenda,” Ofosu Ampofo said.

FORMER PRESIDENT RAWLINGS
Responding to the petition, former President Rawlings called for patience on both sides and urged the coalition and the Electoral Commission not take entrenched positions. He urged the coalition to ensure that eminent personalities and institutions such as the former Presidents, the Electoral Commission’s Eminent Advisory Committee and the Council of State are all informed.

“There is so much mistrust that if we do not find a way of dealing with some of these issues, they will remain and sour the atmosphere during the election period. It will keep us very close to an ignition point which will be very unnecessary.

“This coming election is going to be a truly serious thing and nobody must take the process for granted or think they can get away with making the wrong moves. The steps being taken must be transparent so no one has any doubts about the integrity of the process. Whoever wants to win will necessarily have to win by free and fair means,” former President Rawlings, stated.

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Parliament Should Apologize to Ghanaians and Punish Offenders – Mr. Amankwaa Nathaniel

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Parliament Should Apologize to Ghanaians and Punish Offenders – Mr Amankwaa Nathaniel

The Founder and President of Citizen Watch Alliance (CiWA) and an Anti-Corruption campaigner, Mr. Amankwaa Nathaniel has charged Ghana Parliament to render apology to Ghanaians and punish Parliamentarians regarding the indiscipline and illegal incident that took place at the just ended electing of the speaker of the 8th Parliament.

According him, he was devastated to witness members of Parliament with Honorable titles kicking ballot box and snatching ballot papers on such a remarkable day where numerous people around the globe were witnessing what was happening in the country.

He mention that, what some Parliamentarians displayed that day doesn’t depict the Honorable titles given them.

He added that, the unpopular incident has soiled Ghana’s indelible reputation in democracy intentionally which the country has been proud of for decades.

He emphasized that, every Parliamentarian who breached Ghana’s constitution that day should be dealt with as an ordinary Ghanaian because some ordinary citizens have been jailed for doing what some of the Parliamentarians did.

He argued that, it will be very sad and promote selective justice if the Parliamentarians who misbehaved are left to go unpunished.

Mr. Amankwa Nathaniel
Founder and President
Citizen Watch Alliance (CiWA)
Tel: 0244372983

 

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Apoint Dr. I.Y Opoku as Deputy Agric Minister – Group pleads with President

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Apoint Dr. I.Y Opoku as Deputy Agric Minister – Group pleads with President

In the Ashanti Region, a pressure group in Offinso South Constituency, Intellectual Youth Patriots and Concerned Youth of Offinso South is appealing to the President of the republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo to appoint Hon. Dr. I.Y Opoku the Member of Parliament for Offinso South Constituency among his ministers in his second term administration.

According to the group, Hon. Dr. I.Y Opoku has served remarkably well under the Ghana COCOBOD, having held some principal positions namely; CODAPEC (Cocoa Diseases and Pest Control), Black pod Co-ordinator, Executive Director under the seed Production Division, Managing Director under Quality Control Company Limited and as an Executive Director under the Cocoa Research Institute.

with all these knowledge he has acquired in the Agric sector, it’s indeed rightful for H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to appoint him to serve at the Agric Ministry; the group pleaded.

” We do appeal with His Excellency to appoint our member of parliament at the Agric Ministry. We know Dr Osei Akoto heads the ministry so a Deputy ministerial position will be enough for Hon. Dr. I.Y Opoku because of his knowledge and his experience in the Agric sector.”

They emphasized that, his competency even before becoming a Member of Parliament depicts he can deliver if he is given the chance to perform.

Attached are some achievements and policies he started before the 2020 general elections.

 

INTELLECTUAL YOUTH PATRIOTS

OFFINSO SOUTH CONSTITUENCY

HON. DR. ISAAC YAW OPOKU OUGHT TO BE GIVEN A MINISTERIAL POSITION.

REASONS

SOME OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS AND PROPOSED POLICIES OF HON. DR.I Y OPOKU

  1. NATIONAL LEVEL
  2. National CODAPEC (Cocoa Disease and Pest Control) black pod coordinator.
  3. Executive Director: Seed production Division.
  4. Quality Control Company Ltd: Managing Director.
  5. Executive Director: Cocoa Research Institute.

 

    NOTE:

  • In the history of Ghana Cocoa Board, Dr. I Y Opoku and Dr. Adu Ampomah are the only

Directors who were given contracts after their active service.

  • Hon. Dr. I. Y. Opoku is very humble.
  • Hon. Dr. I. Y. Opoku is indefatigable when it comes to administration.
  • Hon. Dr. I. Y. Opoku is extremely selfless.
  • Hon. Dr. I. Y. Opoku is incorruptible.
  • Hon. Dr. I. Y. Opoku is a listening leader.
  • Hon. Dr. I. Y. Opoku’s main motive for entering politics is to transform Offinsoman and

leave a remarkable history for future politicians across the country.

 

  1. OFFINSO SOUTH (CONSTITUENCY LEVEL).

      ONGOING COCOA ROADS

  1. Bonsua Road (Kokote to Wawase): 24 and half Kilometer.
  2. Anyenasusu Camp to Abofour Kyebi Road.

 

COCOA ROADS CURRENTLY WITH CONTRACTORS

  1. 1. Abofour Kwapanyin to Asubore Road.
  2. Abofour Kyebi to Berekum Road.

 

 

  1. POTABLE WATER (PROMISED 12 BOLEHOLES DURING THE 2020 CAMPAIGN).

     COMPLETED (6)

  1. Samproso(1)        2.Abrokyire(1)         3.Awisem(1)        4.Asuboe(1)             5.Kwapanyin(2)

TO BE DELIVERED SOON (6)

  1. Adukro 2.Ampabame 3.Dome       4.Asamankama      5.Ayensua Fufuo.     6. Adiemmra

 

  1. EDUCATION (Delivered).

Uncountable bags of cement have been given to various schools within the constituency to support infrastructural projects.

 

  1. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES(Delivered).
  2. Three hundred and twenty seven (327) people from the constituency have been employed at

Ghana Cocoa Board. Note: This covers both permanent and contract.

  1. Security services: Immigration (1)         Police (5)          Prisons (2)           Fire Service(3).

The police and the fire service officials are currently at their various training centers.

  1. HOUSING (Proposed).

One hundred and fifty (150) building plots of land have been secured at Ayensua Fufuo for undertaking of real estate projects.

  1. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (Proposed).

Two hundred plots of land have been secured at Abofour (near the market) for the undertaking of developmental projects.

  1. OFFINSOMAN DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (Proposed).
  • MOTIVE: Undertaking of numerous developmental projects within the constituency.
  • KEY MEMBERS: Chiefs, Pastors, Imams and all other groups in the constituency who

believe in societal development.

  1. INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY CENTER (Proposed).

An ultra-modern I.C.T center will be instituted in the Constituency.

Motives

  1. To facilitate learning.
  2. Keeping of particulars of graduates for easy job search assistance.
  3. Keeping the particulars of polling station executives and other dedicated party sympathizers.

J.TRANSPARENCY IN COMMON FUND ISSUES (Proposed).

 

  1. PAYING MUCH ATTENTION TO THE WELFARE OF THE YOUTH (Proposed).
  2. BUILDING OF PARTY OFFICE (Proposed).

A plot of land has been secured at Adukro for the building of party office. Under this project,

offices will be available for all the constituency executives of the party.

  1. INSURANCE FOR DELIGATES (Proposed).

 

OFFICE OF THE STRATEGIC AFFAIRS OFFICER

INTELLECTUAL YOUTH PATRIOTS

OFFINSO SOUTH CONSTITUENCY

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There is a viral video sighted by Ghwired.com in which honorable Kennedy Agyapong was seen crying during an interview.

Many Ghanaians reacted to a picture of the lawmaker which trended on social media yesterday during the swearing in of mps and election of the speaker of parliament.

Kennedy Agyapong of all people was very quiet while resting his jaws in his hand. His reason for crying in this new video is not yet clear.

More soon….

 

Source: Ghwired.com

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