Politics News Summaries for September 23, 2020
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Errors in new voters' register normal
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Errors in new voters' register normal


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Former president John Mahama has expressed his disappointment with the many anomalies in the voter's register at the ongoing exhibition exercise.
"Exhibition is part of voter registration; you cannot talk of a final register without exhibition, so they are all part of the processes," he said on Top Story.
Dr Quaicoe guaranteed political parties that all flaws in the new electoral roll would be rectified before the final register comes out.


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NDC's manifesto is just a bundle of grammar and nouns
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NDC's manifesto is just a bundle of grammar and nouns


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According to him, the NDC's manifesto is just filled with "Grammar, verbs, adjectives, nouns" and doesn't address the real needs of the arts industry.
The NDC recently launched the 'People's Manifesto', outlining 17 policies they intend to confront the challenges of the Creative Arts Industry with.
If you're really an industry person, you will doubt if it was done in consultation with industry people.


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NDC has data on omitted names in register
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NDC has data on omitted names in register


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The Director of Elections for the National Democratic Congress, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah says the party has detailed reports on the number of names omitted in the voters' register.
Reports of omissions of names of registered voters from the provisional voters' register.
Outgoing Tamale Central MP, Inusah Fuseini, alleged that the National Democratic Congress' national monitoring revealed an omission of 1,200 names from the South Day constituency alone, while Ashaiman MP, Ernest Norgbey also alleged over 7,000 names were omitted from his constituency's register.


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Odweanoma paragliding field commissioned [Photos]
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Odweanoma paragliding field commissioned [Photos]


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The Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture during the commissioning of the Odweanoma Paragliding Field and the unveiling of the bust of the late Jake Obetsebi Lamptey and Ferdinand Ayim promised to make Ghana the number one tourist destination in Africa.
With the aim of the government to move the country from a local to a major African tourism player with ambitious plans to increase visitor numbers by fivefold by 2027, the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture and the Ghana Tourism Authority has undertaken major works to improve this paragliding site into a model event ground with the potential of supporting all-year-round recreational activities.
Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Madam Barbara Oteng Gyasi who outlined plans to boost domestic tourism also indicated plans to establish a paragliding training school in Kwahu to increase local involvement.


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Be people of integrity; don't use violence to win polls
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Be people of integrity; don't use violence to win polls


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The Presbyterian Church of Ghana has admonished all political party leaders to hold onto integrity and ensure that peace prevails before, during and after the 2020 general elections.
Christian groups in the country continue to urge political parties to ensure decency in their campaign messages ahead of the polls.
The groups want political parties to avoid violence and hate speech in their campaigns and desist from using inducement to gain votes for their parties.


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Ghanaians Have An Unwritten Convention To Give Every Gov't 8 Years


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"One thing we must take notice of is that since 1992, Ghanaians by convention have understood that every government in power should be given a minimum of 8 years. But if the election should be based on performance, the NDC that did not have performance record was given 8 years in power and so if the election should be based on performance, then the NPP deserves more than 8 years in power....".
"It is for this reason that during the tenure of Mr Rawlings, Ghanaians gave the NDC 8 years and it is also based on this reason that Ghanaians gave Kufuor and Aliu Mahama 8 years in office and it is for a purpose that Ghanaians gave Mills and Mahama 8 years in office and so I know that Ghanaians will look at that convention they had adhered to since 1992 to date and also the exceptional performance of President Akufo-Addo and then give him 8 years", he stressed.


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Aaron Mike Oquaye is my favourite Speaker of Parliament
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Aaron Mike Oquaye is my favourite Speaker of Parliament


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Mr Fuseini, who has served under four speakers since 2006 explained that the current Speaker exhibits a high level of democracy by giving the opposition equal chances to comment on initiatives during proceedings.
Speaking about his 14-year journey in the law-making institution of Ghana, Mr Fuseini said he went to Parliament to serve the country and his constituents.
"I have tried to get my colleagues on the other side and even on the Minority appreciate and ensure that this country passes good laws, because we suffer the consequences of bad laws."


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It's haram to build mortuaries in Zongo communities
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It's haram to build mortuaries in Zongo communities


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The National Nasara wing of the ruling New Patriotic Party has described the opposition National Democratic Congress' pledge to facilitate the establishment of mortuaries in Zongo communities as 'haram'.
Reacting to the promise, the Nasara Coordinator, Abdul-Aziz Haruna Futa in a statement believed former President Mahama erred in his promise to the zongo communities.
According to him, since the Islamic traditions forbids preservation of the dead to be buried on a later date, the promise to construct mortuaries in Zongo communities is absurd and an insult to all Zongo people in the country.


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FULL TEXT: NDC Press Conference On Exhibition Of 2020 Voters' Register


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As you are aware, the Electoral Commission commenced an exhibition of the provisional voters register on 18th September 2020.
Whereas the NDC complied with the request of the EC and duly submitted a hard drive to the EC as early as 7th September 2020, it was not until Wednesday 16th September 2020 at around 8:10 pm, barely 35 hours to the commencement to the exhibition exercise that we received the provisional register for the EC. In a sudden twist of events, the EC called us the following day 17th September to return the register as they had detected some anomalies with the register for a new one.


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Cashew Farmers Will Be Prosperous Under My Gov't


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Addressing a gathering of chiefs and cashew farmers of Brohani in the Tain District of the Bono Region, President Mahama said cashew, a crop widely cultivated in the region, will thrive under under his administration.
According to him, a Cashew Board will be established, similar to the structure of Cocobod, so that the interest of cashew farmers can be pursued while ensuring improved cashew production.


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My nomination a call to duty for all women
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My nomination a call to duty for all women


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Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the running mate to the presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress, has described her nomination as a call to duty for all women.
Prof Opoku-Agyemang said women had been elevated and accorded the rightful recognition in the political space with her nomination.
"If you call a woman, you have called the whole family. This indeed is a call for all of us, children, young and old, everyone inclusive. It is a wake-up call for all of us to be united and help change the face of development in this country," she said.


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Employment Ministry urges nurses to halt strike and resume dialogue
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Employment Ministry urges nurses to halt strike and resume dialogue


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The Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations wants the striking nurses and midwives to immediately call off the industrial action and avail themselves for negotiations to continue.
Mr. Brobbey further urged the nurses to consider the plight of nurses in rural areas who don't have the alternative of private health centres.
A Labour Analyst, Senyo Adjabeng, has also urged the striking nurses to dialogue to find a lasting solution to the challenges.


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STATEMENT: Declare Position On Islamic Morgues For Zongos


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Before we proceed let us be clear here, the promise by the NDC to build or provide Islamic morgues for our Muslim and Zango communities was as a REQUEST from the Muslim leaderships during our consultations process for the 'PEOPLE'S MANIFESTO'.
Mustapha Hamid come out to declare their position on the provision of special morgues for Muslims since they are practicing moslems and they are mandated by Allah to speak and defend the TRUTH always if it is even against oneself.


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Majority Leader calls for reforms in parties' structure to stem monetisation
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Majority Leader calls for reforms in parties' structure to stem monetisation


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Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has called for a reform in political parties' structure to ameliorate the incidence of monetisation in the country's electoral discourse.
Mr Mensah-Bonsu, Member of Parliament for Suame and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, noted that the overload of elections in the political parties' structure bred corruption as the party had to pay for every service rendered while individuals would want to do everything possible to recoup monies spent during campaigns.
The Majority Leader noted that some members of parliament did not understand the philosophy of their political parties and only aligned themselves with strongholds of the parties, which must be discouraged.


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'Incompetence of current EC legendary'
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'Incompetence of current EC legendary'


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Mahama took on the EC over what he describes as the electoral management body's "Legendary" incompetence in handling issues relating to voter registration cards ahead of the country's general elections in December 2020.
Addressing a gathering in the Bono Region, John Mahama said too many issues have characterized the voter registration and exhibition exercises due to the EC's poor management.
"We had our agents at all the polling stations, supervising the registration. If there was an issue with compiling the register where the codes of the various equipment were found to be duplicates and it was necessary to issue new voters' cards, why were political parties not informed? And the point even is, if you issue those new voters' cards at the district office, how will the people whose cards are affected know so they can go for the new cards? There is so much wrong going on. The incompetence of this EC is legendary," John Mahama said.


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Akufo-Addo Raises Expectations But Delivers Little


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"My opponent comes nowhere near me in terms of my record. I built schools, I built hospitals, I repaired the roads. We expanded Tema ports. We built terminal three and the University of Ghana Medical Hospital," says former President John Mahama.
"They were talking about leadership and not being populist and managing expectations of people and I think that is one of the problems Akufo-Addo faces, he raises expectations so high but very low on delivery...When we talk about credibility who is more credible when it comes to delivery on social infrastructure? Everyone knows who is credible" he intimated.


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Mahama Questions Gov't's U-Turn On Payment Of Customers Of Collapsed Financial Institutions


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The presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress, Mr. John Dramani Mahama, has questioned the Akufo-Addo government U-turn on the payment of customers of collapsed banks and other financial institutions.
Addressing separate rallies in Tuobodom, Krobo, Aworowa, and Techiman, all in the Bono East Region over the weekend, Mr. Mahama wondered why it took the government that long to make a decision on easing the hardship of customers of collapsed financial institutions.


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We're already investigating Agyapa deal
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We're already investigating Agyapa deal


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The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu has described as "Opportunistic and populist" a petition by a Civil Society Organization, STRANEK, urging his office to investigate the controversial Agyapa Royalties deal.
STRANEK in its petition to Office of the Special Prosecutor earlier this month said it wanted the office to investigate how the value of the royalties being ceded to Agyapa Royalties was calculated by the government and which entity did the evaluation.
While admitting that the Agyapa mineral royalties issue was of national interest, the Martin Amidu said it was surprising that the CSO petitioned his office to look into the deal when evidence abound to the effect that his office had already started work on it.


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Atta-Sonno, Lloyd Amoah reflect on Nkrumah's governance flaws
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Atta-Sonno, Lloyd Amoah reflect on Nkrumah's governance flaws


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On the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day-themed edition of The Point of View, Mr. Atta-Sonno reflected on some despotic tendencies of Kwame Nkrumah.
Though there appears to be a consensus that Kwame Nkrumah was Ghana's best president on the basis of statecraft, economic development, infrastructure, etc, his desire to have a stranglehold on governance was noted as a major shortcoming.
Dr. Lloyd Amoah, a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, criticised Kwame Nkrumah in this regard saying "There was a bastardisation of the institution in the way that was morbid and free for all."


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Damongo seat is not for sale
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Damongo seat is not for sale


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Supporters of the National Democratic Congress in the Damongo constituency of the Savannah Region embarked on a float to confirm their firm hold of the seat.
The supporters who were backed by some regional and constituency executives on their float went through some principal streets of Damongo with placards with some reading "Damongo seat is not for sale", "NDC not giving up this seat" among others.
"Damongo Constituency Communication Officer, Yahaya Mumuni said,"We are to emphasise the point that the Damongo seat has always been an NDC seat.


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