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Late Mfantseman MP's wife submits nomination forms to EC
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Late Mfantseman MP's wife submits nomination forms to EC


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The wife of the slain Member of Parliament for Mfantseman in the Central Region, Mrs. Ophelia Hayford on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, submitted her nomination forms to the district office of the Electoral Commission.
According to him, Mrs. Hayford was accompanied by sympathizers and supporters of the NPP. He added that the party is confident of retaining the seat to honour the late MP. "I am speaking on authority from the party that, the wife of the late MP, Ophelia Hayford has been endorsed by the party, and she is succeeding the husband as our parliamentary candidate, and she has today filed her nomination to contest the upcoming elections at the District Office of the EC at Saltpond. She had many members of the party and sympathizers accompanying her to file her forms."
"Any person who intends to contest for the Parliamentary Election should send his or her filled Nomination Form to the Returning Officer of the Mfantseman constituency, at the Mfantseman District Office of the Electoral Commission. The Returning Officer shall receive all Nominations between the hours of 7.00 am and 5.00 pm on both days", the electoral management body said in a statement.


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Accept criticisms in good faith
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Accept criticisms in good faith


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The Member of Parliament for South Dayi in the Volta Region, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor has urged the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa to accept criticisms in good faith.
"We use this platform to call on all political parties and stakeholders who have genuine concerns with the processes outlined to raise them in the full glare of the public. Once we as a Commission are informed about the weaknesses and gaps in the processes outlined, we will take immediate steps to address these gaps to close and seal the gaps and report same to the public in an open, transparent and accountable manner but until then we entreat the naysayers to cease their onslaught of trying to discredit a commission that has been open and transparent and accountable to the people that it serves, the good people of this country."
"She should be able to accept the criticisms in good faith. We have pumped monies for the exercise of the Commission so if there are issues with the process we have to raise concerns. She on her part has to accept the issues, so we make progress. You don't come back and call us naysayers. It is unacceptable for her to speak to us like that. She should just sit-up and do her work."


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Pro-NPP Zongo group joins NDC over 'unfulfilled' promises
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Pro-NPP Zongo group joins NDC over 'unfulfilled' promises


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This time around, a pro-NPP Zongo youth group in the Wa municipality has announced a mass defection to the NDC. The group, with a membership of over 300 cited neglect, deception and unfulfilled promises by the Akufo-Addo administration as reasons for the defection.
The defectors proceeded to pay tribute to the Upper West Regional NDC Chairman, Abdul Nasser, who they said had catered for them amid the NPP's purported neglect.
The most recent defection in the region saw a three-time Sissala West District Chief Executive who served under the NDC defecting to the NPP. The region also witnessed the bizarre incident where only a group of minors showed up to an NDC swearing-in when the part was expected over 100 defectors from the NPP. Some were as young as 11-years-old while the oldest was 17.


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Jirapa: Education Officer laments rising cases of teenage pregnancy
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Jirapa: Education Officer laments rising cases of teenage pregnancy


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At least 27 schoolgirls are reported to be pregnant in the Jirapa municipality, 21 of which are Junior High School students and the remaining being in Senior High Schools.
The Jirapa Municipal Girls Education Officer, Sophia A.K Jakpa, who made these concerns to Citi News said the girls conceived during the closure of schools from March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Its research in July 2020 found that 20 percent of the schools sampled recorded cases of girls not returning to school because 85 percent of the girls were pregnant and 15 percent had married early.


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Joint team tasked to probe alleged financial malfeasance at Ghana's Embassy in Belgium
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Joint team tasked to probe alleged financial malfeasance at Ghana's Embassy in Belgium


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A joint ministerial and parliamentary team is set to be dispatched to Ghana's mission in Belgium to probe allegations of financial malfeasance.
Ghana's Embassy in Belgium was ordered to close down its four accounts with its bankers, the ING Bank by November 12, 2020, following alleged financial malfeasance at the Embassy.
The order requires the Embassy to close all four accounts and open new ones in a different bank where all funds will be moved into.


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Supreme Court allows OccupyGhana to join suit challenging independence of Auditor-General
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Supreme Court allows OccupyGhana to join suit challenging independence of Auditor-General


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The Supreme Court on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, granted leave to pressure group, OccupyGhana to file an Amicus brief on the suit challenging the extent of the Auditor-General's independence and powers.
Private legal practitioner, Isaac Wilberforce Mensah took the Auditor-General and the Audit Service Board to the Supreme Court, arguing that the Auditor-General's independence is limited to his audit functions and activities necessarily incidental to those functions.
OccupyGhana notified the Supreme Court on Tuesday of its motion seeking leave to file Amicus curiae on the matter.


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Death of prime suspect in Prof. Benneh's murder 'questionable'
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Death of prime suspect in Prof. Benneh's murder 'questionable'


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The family of the prime suspect in the murder of the late Professor Emmanuel Yaw Benneh has questioned the circumstances surrounding the death of their relative, James Nana Wamba.
The cause of his death has however not been made known.
Police say an autopsy will be conducted on the remains to ascertain the cause of death of the suspect.


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Jean Mensa to 'naysayers'
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Jean Mensa to 'naysayers'


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The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, has urged critics of her administration to cease attacking the Commission unnecessarily.
Describing them as naysayers, madam Mensa said the Commission is receptive to constructive criticism, but must not be discredited, as it has demonstrated transparency in its work.
"We use this platform to call on all political parties and stakeholders who have genuine concerns with the processes outlined to raise them in the full glare of the public. Once we as a Commission are informed about the weaknesses and gaps in the processes outlined, we will take immediate steps to address these gaps to close and seal the gaps and report same to the public in an open, transparent and accountable manner. But until then, we entreat the naysayers to cease their onslaught of trying to discredit a commission that has been open and transparent and accountable to the people that it serves, the good people of this country."


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Nsiah-Asare supports Atwima-Kwanwoma NPP with motorbikes, bales of clothes
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Nsiah-Asare supports Atwima-Kwanwoma NPP with motorbikes, bales of clothes


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The Atwima-Kwanwoma constituency welcomed a donation of five motorbikes and 10 bales of clothes from Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, the Presidential Advisor on Health, on Sunday, October 18.
The donation is to assist the New Patriotic Party's campaign team and the constituency in their daily activities.
The team paid a courtesy call on Nana Nuben Sra III and Nana Osei Kofi- Otumfuo Brempong before the donation.


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11.3 million Ghanaians are in agriculture
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11.3 million Ghanaians are in agriculture


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The 2017/2018 Ghana Census of Agriculture report has revealed that over 11.3 million Ghanaians are involved in agriculture.
Fifty-one percent of the 11.3 million are women, while 49 percent are men, all from 2.6 million households.
The Report indicated that the sector remains unfriendly to special interest groups, including persons with difficulty in performing activities and women; the level of education among agricultural holders is low; and the sector, to a large extent, is characterised by consumption of its own produce.


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Akufo-Addo begins three-day tour of Volta and Oti Regions today
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Akufo-Addo begins three-day tour of Volta and Oti Regions today


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The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will begin a three-day working visit to the Volta and Oti Regions from today, Tuesday 20th October to Thursday, 22nd October 2020.
Beginning in the Volta Region, President Akufo-Addo will commission the Naval Training Command at Agorta-Nutekpor in the South Tongu constituency, and proceed to the Central Park to attend a durbar of Chiefs and people of Afife in appreciation of his enstoolment in 2017 as a Chief of the traditional area.
President Akufo-Addo will also attend a meeting with the Oti Regional House of Chiefs at Dambai, cut sod for the NYA Youth Resource Centre there, and end the 3-day work in the two regions with a sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of the Zoomlion Waste Recycling and Compost Plant at Yariga No.1 also in the Krachi East constituency of the Oti region.


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Marricke Gane, Agyenim Boateng to challenge disqualification from 2020 polls
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Marricke Gane, Agyenim Boateng to challenge disqualification from 2020 polls


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A disqualified presidential hopeful, Marricke Kofi Gane, says he was not given the opportunity to correct all possible errors on his nomination forms that led to his disqualification from the presidential race.
The presidential candidate of the United Front Party, Nana Agyenim Boateng also spoke to Citi News saying he will seek legal redress.
There were no technical issues with his nomination form but three of the persons who were seen to have purportedly endorsed his forms denied endorsing his candidature, according to the EC. The signatures assigned to these persons were also found to be fake after police investigations.


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Deputy Agric Minister questions Mahama's interest in cocoa roads audit report
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Deputy Agric Minister questions Mahama's interest in cocoa roads audit report


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A Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture, Kennedy Osei Nyarko, has questioned the calls by the National Democratic Congress Flagbearer, John Mahama for the publication of the audit report on the cocoa roads project.
The Mahama administration was accused of awarding over 230 road contracts to the tune of GHS3.5 billion under the cocoa road project to the detriment of COCOBOD's finances thus prompting the audit.
Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo in November 2019 said the report on the audit of cocoa roads commissioned by the Akufo-Addo administration will be published at the 'appropriate time'.


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Investigate death of lead suspect in Prof. Benneh's murder
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Investigate death of lead suspect in Prof. Benneh's murder


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A former Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service, COP Bright Oduro has said that the death of the key suspect in Professor Yaw Benneh's killing must be investigated.
According to him, the police should have paid special attention to his health, considering the fact that he was a key suspect in the murder.
The police confirmed that James Nana Wamba, the lead suspect in the murder of Professor Emmanuel Yaw Benneh, passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2020, after he was admitted for treatment.


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Kpando: Police re-arrest suspect freed by Gbefi residents
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Kpando: Police re-arrest suspect freed by Gbefi residents


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The Volta Regional Police Command has rearrested a suspect who was freed while in the grips of police officers from Kpando.
According to Citi News sources in the area, an indigene of Gbefi who is a resident abroad reported to the police on Sunday morning about a threat of murder made on his life by the Asafoatse of Gbefi over a piece of land which the complainant claimed was being used for the cultivation of marijuana.
Eight police officers from the Kpando command who managed to arrest the suspect after giving him a hot chase were allegedly attacked by residents.


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Agona West: NDC parliamentary candidate invited over alleged plot against Cynthia Morrison
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Agona West: NDC parliamentary candidate invited over alleged plot against Cynthia Morrison


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The Central Regional Police Command has invited the National Democratic Congress parliamentary candidate for Agona West, Paul Ofori Amoah in connection with an alleged plot to kill the incumbent Member of Parliament for Agona West, Cynthia Morrison.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the Central Regional Police Command, DSP Irene Oppong, the NDC parliamentary candidate "Admitted to issuing the two bank cheques that were picked by police at the hotel when a search was conducted in the rooms and also on the suspects."
"The parliamentary candidate is at the regional CID and is assisting police investigations," she added.


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Akufo-Addo launches agric census report after 33-year break
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Akufo-Addo launches agric census report after 33-year break


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The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has launched the 2017/2018 National Report of the Ghana Census of Agriculture, the first time in some thirty-three years.
"In any well-governed state, both the population census and the census of agriculture are taken every ten years. In the early decades of our nationhood, the census of agriculture was conducted every ten years - the first in 1963, the second in 1975, and the third in 1985," he said.
President Akufo-Addo recalled how, on Friday, 8th June 2018, at Sefwi Wiawso, as part of his working visit to the Western Region, he launched the Ghana Census of Agriculture, the first time in thirty-three years that such a census was to be conducted.


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My government will give okada operators motorcycles on credit
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My government will give okada operators motorcycles on credit


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Former President John Dramani Mahama says the next National Democratic Congress government will not only legalize the commercial motorcycle business but also provide operators with motorcycles on credit to support their businesses.
"We are going to legalize commercial motorcycle business to remove all the impediments on your business. To strengthen the motorcycle business you're doing, we are also going to supply you the motorcycle you use on hire-purchase so you take your time to pay."
John Mahama has promised to legalize okada should he be re-elected on December 7, 2020.


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Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu cannot be unseated
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Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu cannot be unseated


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Mr Iddrisu called on the ministers of state and the Majority Leader to prioritise bills to the House rather than stampeding the House with bills in what he called "The November of the four-year mandate."
He said bills like the National Ambulance Bill and the National Blood Transfusion Bill could wait in preference to critical bills of government like the Council of State and Anti Money Laundering bills.
Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu announced that 60 bills were programmed for the meeting and that there had been a meeting for ministers to prioritise bills scheduled for the House.


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Akufo-Addo launches agric census report after 33-year break
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Akufo-Addo launches agric census report after 33-year break


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The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has launched the 2017/2018 National Report of the Ghana Census of Agriculture, the first time in some thirty-three years.
"In any well-governed state, both the population census and the census of agriculture are taken every ten years. In the early decades of our nationhood, the census of agriculture was conducted every ten years - the first in 1963, the second in 1975, and the third in 1985," he said.
President Akufo-Addo recalled how, on Friday, 8th June 2018, at Sefwi Wiawso, as part of his working visit to the Western Region, he launched the Ghana Census of Agriculture, the first time in thirty-three years that such a census was to be conducted.


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