Nkoranza: EC to conduct District Level elections on April 16
This is in accordance with the District Level Elections Regulations 2015, following the "Expiration of the term of office of the Assembly and Unit Committee members of the two Districts." A statement issued by the EC on Tuesday, February 22, 2021 said: "Nomination forms may be obtained at the District Offices in the affected areas" or on the Website of the Electoral Commission. It added that: "All enquiries related to these Elections should be addressed to the District Offices within the areas mentioned."
Election Petition: The petitioner is worried
Seven Judges and sometimes nine for review cases have thrown out over 6 applications of the petitioner with the recent one being a review application on the Supreme Court's decision not to allow the reopening of his case. Sammy Gyamfi, a member of the Petitioner's legal team speaking after the Court's ruling on Monday bemoaned the fact that John Mahama is being denied a fair hearing. "The petitioner is worried that the court in deciding these applications are not applying statutes that have been passed by our parliament; statutes that the court has been applying in other cases and we think that the petitioner is being denied a fair hearing and it is important that these issues be pursued to their logical conclusion," he intimated.
We'll strive for reduction in cost of COVID-19 test at KIA
Minister-designate for Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah is willing to engage with Frontiers Healthcare Limited on a reduction of COVID-19 testing at the Kotoka International Airport. Non-ECOWAS passengers coming to Ghana by air are required to pay $150 for a 30-minute PCR COVID-19 test administered by Frontiers Health Care Limited. The Minister-designate said he will negotiate with Frontiers Healthcare Limited for a reduction if approved.
It'll be difficult for me to legalise okada
"We will not be able to legalise okada today because the numbers are not pointing in the direction that we should. Also, considering the fact that enforcement is a problem in this country. Based on the current information on the grounds, it will be difficult for me to spearhead the legalisation of okada." This debate on the legalisation of okada was largely discussed within the media space after the National Democratic Congress' presidential candidate for the 2020 polls promised to legalise the business if voted into power. The Okada Riders Association of Ghana pledged their support.
Kwaku Asiamah clarifies issues surrounding contract for COVID-19 testing at KIA
Minister-designate for Transport and Aviation, Kwaku Asiamah has clarified issues pertaining to the agreement between the Government of Ghana and Frontiers Health Care Limited for COVID-19 testing at the Kotoka International Airport. "Per the information I have, Frontier Healthcare is a registered company in Ghana. The brief I have from Ghana Airports Company Limited was that Frontier Healthcare approached them and proved that they have the capacity to under the. Their equipment was certified by the FDA after it was forwarded to them by the Ghana Airport company." Non-ECOWAS passengers coming to Ghana by air are required to pay $150 for a 30-minute PCR COVID-19 test administered by Frontiers Health Care Limited.
Analysis: Why Health Minister-designate and MP elect for Dormaa Central won the seat for a fourth time
Mr Agyemang-Manu won the Dormaa Central seat in the December 7 parliamentary elections beating his main rival of the NDC, Mr Gordon Kwaku Asubonteng, a former Municipal Chief Executive for Dormaa Central. Mr Adu Jack had embarked on a vigorous campaign to galvanise support from the party's base motivating and encouraging them to try him as the party's surest bet to win the Dormaa Central seat from the NPP. Following the abysmal, shambolic performance and poor showing by Mr Adu Jack in the 2016 elections although he had lost narrowly, and closed the gab between him and his main contender Mr Agyemang-Manu, an idea to float Mr Asubonteng's name quickly surfaced and was strategically advanced across. Clearly, from the analysis above, the last three months of Mr Agyemang-Manu in 2020 was a strictly busy and a pretty hectic one for the Health Minister and MP elect for Dormaa Central on social media particularly Facebook.
Akufo-Addo-Bagbin 'tussle' imminent over Council of State appointees
"The possibility exists that this number may be further expanded but there ought to be an amendment of the constitution which will allow the President to appoint 17 as against 11 members of the Council in order to maintain in the new regional governance structure, the equilibrium of the Council as originally provided by the office of the Constitution." "After 28 years of the Fourth Republic, I think it is fair to say that one of the most successful Councils of State we have had has been the one that worked with me in my first term of office. We saw an intellectually vibrant Council, an active one that took its responsibility seriously." "Not only does this promote continuity in the work of the Council, but also allows these retained members to share their experiences with their new colleagues to enable them contribute meaningfully to the work of the 8th Council of State."
FLASHBACK: No EC can rig elections for any party
"We should know that no Electoral Commission has what it takes to rig elections in favour of any political party," he stressed. Among the reasons for their protests, the parties, notably among them the National Democratic Congress, fear the move could favour the ruling party, the New Patriotic Party. "Winning an election requires vigilance," he emphasized, citing how in 2016 despite their demands for a new voters' register, the opposition party then, the NPP, emerged victorious as a result of their vigilance at the polls.
Ghana to receive compensation for any harmful side effects of COVAX vaccine
Ghana is among 92 countries that will receive a no-fault compensation claim of serious side effects for people who are vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine acquired from the COVAX facility. Dr. Amponsa-Achiano said the compensation was monetary, but unsure how much people who developed side effects as a result of the COVAX vaccine would receive. Dr Franklin Asiedu- Bekoe, Director of Public Health, Ghana Health Service, also told the GNA that Ghana would not restrict itself to any particular vaccine but will opt for any safe and approved vaccine irrespective of the cost.
I've not run away from police investigations
A former Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini says he is not running away from investigations as being suggested by the police. Inusah Fuseini was put before the Kaneshie District court on Monday, February 22, 2021, on the basis of a court summons requested by the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service. The court subsequently ordered Inusah Fuseini to assist the police in investigations.
HeFRA closes unlicensed health facilities in Kumasi
Four unlicensed health facilities in the Kumasi metropolis have been closed down by the Health Facilities Regulatory Agency in a special operation on Monday, February 22, 2021. HeFRA was established in 2011 by the Health Institutions and Facilities Act, 2011, to license health facilities for the provision of public and private health care services. He said HeFRA was determined to go after unlicensed health facilities and called for the cooperation and support of the public to sanitize the system.
China to aid 19 more African nations with COVID-19 vaccines
China has provided COVID-19 vaccine aid to Equatorial Guinea and Zimbabwe and will aid 19 more African countries as part of its commitment to making vaccines global public goods, Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin said on Monday, February 22, 2021. China will also support enterprises to export COVID-19 vaccines to African nations that urgently need, recognise, and have authorized the emergency use of Chinese vaccines, Wang said. He made the remarks when asked to comment on French President Emmanuel Macron's remarks at the Munich Security Conference that Europe and the United States should immediately provide enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to Africa, otherwise African countries may choose to purchase vaccines from China and Russia, with that "The strength of the West will be a concept and not a reality."
Accra on course to becoming cleanest city
Despite missing out on the initial target of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa within four years, the Minister-designate for Sanitation and Waters Resources, Cecilia Dapaah, says the Akufo-Addo administration is still on course to fulfilling this promise. "Accra is on course to become the cleanest city that the President said in absolute terms. I think we are on course looking at what we started doing and what I continued from my colleague," the nominee said during her vetting on Tuesday. In remarks back in August 2020, Mrs. Dapaah, who was the Sanitation and Waters Resources minister, said the government had attained the goal to make Accra the cleanest City during the lockdown necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.
Vetting disrupted as Haruna questions legality of Public Enterprises portfolio
The vetting of Minister-designate for Public Enterprises, Joseph Cudjoe, was disrupted after the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, demanded clarity on the status of the Public Enterprises Ministry which he described as "Non-existent." Citing the Executive Instrument 12 Civil Service Ministries Instrument 2021 which did not include the Public Enterprises Ministry, he objected to the vetting process. "Within the meaning of E.I. 12, there is no Ministry for Public Enterprises," Mr. Iddrisu said in his objection.
10 million people benefited from free water programme in urban areas
The Sanitation and Water Resources Minister-designate, Cecilia Dapaah has disclosed that 10 million people in urban areas benefited from the government's free water programme. "The amount of money that we spent on the good people of Ghana to make sure there is no outbreak of cholera, dysentery, and other diseases during this COVID-19 period was GHS840 million. For urban water, 10 million people benefited but I'm yet to get the final figure for rural water." The government subsequently extended the free water policy twice, ending December 2020.
Asiedu Nketia's math gave Akufo-Addo 51.2% before SC
In a post-trial address to the media on Monday, 22 February 2021, one of the spokespersons for Mr Mahama's legal team, Mr Sammy Gyamfi, who is also the National Communication Officer of the NDC, said: "We are doing all these things because of the Constitution that all of us have agreed to be bound by", explaining: "Article 63(3) of that Constitution says that no person should be made a president until and unless he attains more than 50 per cent of the total valid votes in any presidential election and it is clear from Jean Mensa's own declaration and the figures contained therein that candidate Akufo-Addo did not get more than 50 per cent". "I heard our colleagues saying that the mathematics is clear, but you have been here covering for all the days that we have been here and I'm not sure that to you, you saw mathematics that yielded results other than 47 per cent for the petitioner, Mr John Dramani Mahama and 51.2 per cent for the second respondent Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.". "You are hearing them telling you that the mathematics is clear, nobody crossed the 49-per cent [mark] but in the walls of the Supreme Court, before the Justices, I'm not sure you have seen them prove that", he added.
Even Nana Konadu knows I am the original founder of NDP
"I want to put on record without any equivocation that I am the original founder of the NDP," he stated on Monday, February 22 following a description of him by NDP's General Secretary Alhaji Mohammed Frimpong as an impostor. This started after Mr Owusu-Cobbiah appended his signature as a Founding Father of NDP to a letter announcing a joint-demonstration by the National Democratic Congress and the NDP against the Chair of the Electoral Commission, Ghana and justices of the Supreme Court. "Nana Konadu should rather challenge my role in the formation of the NDP which I doubt she could boldly do."
NPP PC aspirant defects to NDC in Odododiodio
Nii Lante Bannerman polled 543 votes, representing 64.2 per cent, while Nii Yarboi Annan had 220 votes, representing 26.0 per cent. In the main elections, Nii Lante Bannerman lost to the incumbent, Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuije. Reacting to the defection from the NPP to the NDC on Onua TV's Maakye on Tuesday, February 23, Mr. Yarboi Annan described the NPP supporters and executives in the constituency as volatile.
Kasoa gunshot incident not enough to disqualify Hawa Koomson
There have been many calls for her disqualification based on the incident coupled with what many described as her poor performance at the vetting. On the gun shooting incident, he explained saying: "We all know that Hawa Koomson shot a gun at a registration centre and has not been convicted. If she was convicted, she could not have stood for parliamentary elections. There is no conviction so what can you hold her for? Proficiency in English is not a requirement at vetting of ministerial nominees. Article 94 says if a person is convicted of an election-related offense he/she is not qualified to hold a public position." "If it is the fulfilment of the substantive minimum requirement, nothing can be done about that like in the case of Spio-Garbrah who was not a registered voter and had his nomination withdrawn at the time. Another was one Vicky under Kufuor's era who was proficient in English in view of the fact she lived in Britain but was not a registered voter. These are the substantive minimum requirements."
EC to hold Nkoranza North, South, district level elections on April 16
The Electoral Commission will conduct the district level elections for assembly and unit committee members for the Nkoranza North and Nkoranza South districts on Friday, April 16, 2021. This follows the expiration of the term of office of the assembly and unit committee members of both districts. In a press release, the Commission said it had made nomination forms available at the District offices of the affected areas as well as its website.