DISQUALIFIED ASPIRANTS WERE GIVEN TIME TO RECTIFY THEIR ERRORS – EC
The Electoral Commission has stated it is only the courts that can compel it to rescind its disqualification of the 12 presidential aspirants hoping to participate in the forthcoming general elections.
The chair of the commission, Charlotte Osei, Monday announced Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Dr. Edward Mahama of the People’s National Convention (PNC) and others have been disqualified.
Lawyers of the NDP have served notice they will head to court if the Electoral Management Body fails to restore their candidate.
“…It is in the interest of these that we write, first to demand that our clients are entitled to under the constitution and by law. Our clients also demand that you rescind your purported disqualification and then instate the names of the party’s presidential candidate and her running mate on the list of candidates for the 2016 presidential election,” the letter read in part.
Also, the PPP’s presidential nominee has demanded for a five-minute session with the chair of the Commission to address the circumstances regarding the party’s disqualification.
“All I ask for is just five minutes with Mrs Charlotte Osei and the whole issue will be resolved. If not, then we have no option than to go to court,” the Groupe Nduom founder told his teeming supporters at the party’s headquarters in Accra Tuesday.
Speaking in Tamale Tuesday, the Deputy Chair of the Commission in charge of Operation, Amadu Sulley said the disqualified candidates were given time to rectify the irregularities but failed to, hence the decision of the commission.
That notwithstanding, he said the commission will only reverse its decision and admit the candidacy of Nduom and co should the court demand, maintaining that the commission did not err.
“I tell you my brothers and sisters we operate within the law,” said Mr. Sulley but if the court “should come and say Oh! Electoral Commission you erred, what you did was wrong—Mr. A or B shouldn’t have been disqualified in accordance with the law, so restore the person, obviously, the commission will not refute the law.”
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- Man losses eyes after NPP, NDC supporters clash in Bisease
An activist of the NDC in the Adjumako-Enyan-Essiem District of the Central Region, Samuel Asare, has his right eye almost removed at Bisease on Saturday when thugs of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) reportedly attacked him.
The unprovoked attack occurred at about 9:30 pm when the victim, Samuel Asare together with other three persons on board an NDC van were going round and announcing to supporters of the NDC of planned keep fit.
Samuel and his other colleagues were peacefully making the announcement in an area close to the residence of the father of the incumbent Member of Parliament for the area, Mr. Ato For son.
While they were in the area, a group of NPP supporters who were having a meeting in a nearby house felt the NDC supporters were disturbing them with their announcement and severely attacked them.
The victim said the NPP thugs physically assaulted them without any apparent reason or provocation.
The NDC supporters reported the incident to the Bisease police station to lodge a complaint.
Narrating the ordeal, the victim said the police man who was at the counter said “this is politics so you must go and settle it out with them and try to be careful”.
He alleged that while they were at the police station, the NPP thugs led by the driver of Mr J N Okyere, Managing Director of Comptran Engineering and Planning Associate, stormed the police station and brutalized them at the full glare of the police.
In the cause of the ensuing gruesome victimization, one of the rampage thugs who has been identified as ‘Rasta’pulled out a bunch of car keys from his pocket and stabbed the victim, Samuel Asare in his right eye injuring him in the process.
An eye witness who spoke to this reporter accounted that the culprit immediately after the barbaric attack took to his heels to seek refuge at a nearby house.
Investigation conducted by this reporter revealed that no arrest has been made by the police at Bisease yet despite the fact that the incident occurred right in their presence.
The victim, Samuel Asare, who is in a very critical condition, is currently receiving treatment at the emergency unit of the Our Lady of Grace hospital at Berman Essikuma.
Efforts made to contact the district police commander for further checks proved futile as calls to his phones went unanswered.
- Chief Justice Georgina Wood announces retirement
Ghana’s first female Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Georgina Theodora Wood would be ending her tenure in eight months.
She has ahead of her departure asked her friends, colleagues and the entire country to pray for her indicating that “although it’s not ended, this is rather when I need His (God) grace and support more.”
Her ladyship is retiring later in May 2017 because per the statutes of Ghana, the Chief Justice like any other Justice of the Superior Courts, may voluntarily retire upon reaching the age of 60 or S/He can stay on until the compulsory retirement age of 70.
Madam Georgina Wood, 69 years was born on June 8, 1947 which means she attains the ripe old age of wisdom -70 in June 2017, hence her hint of exiting the position of the fourth highest arm of government.
She was appointed and sworn in by former President John Agyekum Kufour and assumed office on 15th June, 2007. Prior to that position, she had turned down an appointment to the Supreme Court by Former President Kufour in 2002 November.
With a beautiful career etched in the annals of Ghanaian history, Mrs Wood became popular in 2006 when she chaired the Georgina Wood Committee, was set up to investigate the disappearance of some 77 parcels of cocaine from a ship know as the MV Benjamin.
That high-profile case drew huge public attention which made the ‘Georgina Wood Commission’ a household name.
Addressing members of the Bench and Bar of the Ghanaian Judiciary at the special church service to open the 59th Legal Year, Her Ladyship Georgina Wood said “Brothers and sisters please thank the Lord for me.
Although its not ended, eight months more, this is rather when I need his grace and support more. I thank each one of you my colleagues on the Supreme Court who have faithfully worshipped with me year after year… I thank you all for your continuing prayer and support. I know thousands of people – that one is not lost on me… Thousands of people have borne me before the Lord and this is the reason why the Lord, in answer to their prayer, sustained me and kept me till this day.”
She continued by indicating that “one of the promises I believe in is what God says that if you give a cup of water to a prophet, you shall receive a prophets reward.
So for all those who have interceded for me, may the Lord meet each one of you at your point of need and may he bless you abundantly.”
She was preceded by George Kingsley Acquah and has been at the helm of affairs for 9 years 4 months.
- ‘NDC Aluta Boys’ chases Inusa Fuseini, chases his car
A vigilante group, the Aluta Boys in Tamale, which affiliates itself with the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), has impounded the campaign vehicle of the Tamale Central Member of Parliament, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini.
The branded double cabin Nissan pickup with registration number GN3625-14 was seized at Changli on Saturday October 1, 2016.
It coincided with the Tamale lawmaker’s campaign launch at the Tamale Jubilee Park which some critics have described as flamboyant.
The angry NDC youth among other reasons, accused Inusah Fuseini, who’s also the Roads and Highways Minister of failing to secure them better jobs.
They claimed he is not trustworthy as compared to the Tamale South Legislator, Haruna Iddrisu
They have since vowed never to release the vehicle pending Mr. Fuseini’s response to their demands. Shatta Wale’s Ghc150, 000 show Dancehall Artiste, Shatta Wale, among other local musicians in Tamale performed at the campaign launch.
Citi News’ deep throat sources within the Aluta Boys camp alleged that the Tamale central Legislator’s campaign team paid Shatta Wale Ghc150, 000 to perform at the event.
This, according to them, incurred their wrath to seize the campaign vehicle. They described that act as an insult to the NDC foot soldiers in the Tamale central constituency.
They argued that Shatta Wale is neither a northerner nor a constituent in Tamale central
- Ignore Akuffo Addo, he has no track record – Veep Amissah
The Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has called on the rank and file of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to discount the opposition NPP Presidential candidate for the December 7th elections Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo since has no track records to show.
He made the statement when he addressed hundreds of NDC party supporter at the campaign launch of NDC’s Parliamentary candidate for Asuadei Mr Cris Boadi in the Ahafo Ano South East Constituency of the Ashanti region on Saturday.
He said the NDC took over for the NPP because of its performance during the former President Kuffours reign. Adding that even with President Kuffour’s Track record that Nana Addo seeks to ride on and is campaigning with he sacking all the Kuffour men, so what record is he riding on he asked.
He called on the NDC members no to listen to the NPP but rather intensify their door to door campaign in the communities to ensure a resounding victory for President Mahama and the party in December.
He cautioned them to conduct themselves in peaceful atmospheres before and after the elections .And advised against complacency and work tirelessly until victory is achieved
The Vice President Kwesi Amissah- Arthur further asked the NDC supporters to target the floating voters and explain to them that the NDC is a development oriented party.
He said as they can witness the John Mahama government has done a lot for the region .in the area of massive infrastructure development and would continue to do more hence the need to give john Mahama another term. Together with Mr Cris Boadi so that he can complement the effort of President Mahama in parliament for the second term in office .
He said continuity is key since others don’t believe in that and would stall development. Therefore, a vote for President Mahama and the NDC is a vote for development.
The chief for the area praised government for the numerous development projects and the Goodwill of the NDC in the area of massive infrastructure development that they have witnessed. They said most of the promises that the NDC has been activated, while other projects are going on. He prayed that Ghanaians conduct themselves in an atmosphere of peace and before and after the elections.
Other speakers included former national organizer of the NDC Yaw Boateng Gyan, Ashanti regional Minister Hon Alexander Ackon, NDC Ashanti Regional chairmanMr yaw Obimpeh and the deputy Ashanti regional Minister and Mr Gabriel Barimah a District Chief Executive of the area alias Twiaa DCE.
- Krachi Chief endorses Mahama’s new 5 region policy
The Paramount Chief of Krachi, Nana Mprah Mesemuna has backed the National Democratic Congress’ manifesto promise of creating five more regions across the country.
Nana Mprah said the people of northern Volta massively support this manifesto promise and hopes the Northern Volta will be allocated a region out of the five government wants to create.
He was speaking on Saturday at the climax of the annual Krachi Yam festival celebrations at Krachi in the Krachi East district.
According to him, the clamour for a region in Northern Volta has been pending for a long time, with successive governments failing to honour the wishes of the people of Northern Volta
He said his outfit has petitioned president John Mahama over the matter and hopes their dream will finally materialize.
“…According to the NDC manifesto, it is the declared intention of the party to create five more regions in the country.
“I can say with authority that we the people of Northern Volta region massively support this policy and this support cuts across the political divide,” he said.
He added all the eight districts in Northern Volta started agitating for the creation of the Northern Volta region during the Rawlings and Kufuor eras and hope their wish will finally be executed.
Source: Ghana Web
In life, the journey to success comes with lots of barriers – temptations, short sights and disappointments. The race must be won and it is does not necessarily mean you have to be first. Just make you finish well.
Popular quote of the journey of life by Craig D. Lounsbrough says”The reason my life has wandered to nowhere is likely due to the fact that the focus of the moment has dictated the destination of my life, when the destination of my life should have been dictating the focus of the moment”.
Anything to be accomplished has a lot it takes to become what it is. No one will ever succeed without putting in all or some of his or her efforts.
Luke 14:28 says ” don’t begin until you count the cost. For who will begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?” This implies that before you start a journey in life to need gather your resources, work on your weakness, be determined, build your faith and believe and build a strong relationship with God. If all these are not met, one may end up halfway, lost or aimless in life.
Jesus set a journey for himself before he was even born and He had to complete it and complete it well. He didn’t give up, though he faced lots of expected challenges. Example He was betrayed by one of His disciples and again He was denied by His favorite disciple. With all these, He didn’t for once showed a sign of regret for taking such a difficult task which needs to be accomplished by hook or by crook. Jesus was a perfect examplary for the world.
Lets take a look at another bible personality who was determined to finish hard despite all the hatred and false accusations. Joseph finished his race with determination, perseverance, self control and true faith. He was sold by his own brothers and he was accused falsely by his master’s wife. Despite all these he never gave up, he kept the faith moving.
The race had been won by several other people. With the likes of Aristotle, Newton, Nkrumah, Nelson Mandela and others. They all started from a point with less determination, so much weaknesses, pre-occupied minds about failure but they stepped up, calculated the cost they have to endure and did their best to accumulate the necessaries for the race.
We all can do it. No one was born a failure. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” – Jeremiah 29:11. God has and had plans for all living souls alive but it requires your effort, determination, among others to take up the mantle and shape it to become your destiny.
Never give up even if you haven’t calculated the cost to construct your desired building – your destiny, strive hard to accumulate much for it. Your destiny is in your own hands. You are required to make sure God’s plans are fulfilled in your destiny.
Let’s these two words be with you everywhere, anywhere you found yourself, anyhow you see yourself….. “Finish hard….finish hard….finish hard”
Timothy was recommended to fight a good fight for a true course and faith( 1 Tim. 6:12) and later he was acclaimed because he fought the good fight and won it( 2 Tim.4:7). Say to yourself I must surely finish hard even when if the race is the hardest.
Happy Sunday…. God’s blessing and favour will surely locate you anywhere.
Scripture Guides: Luke 14:28, Matthew 4:17, 1 Timothy 6:12, 2 Timothy 4:7 & Jeremiah 29:11
President John Dramani Mahama on Friday directed the Ministry of Finance to implement measures that would stem the numerous illegal handling charges at the country’s ports and harbours.
He said there was growing complaints from both domestic and international importers, who use Ghana’s entry-points for their businesses, about the charges and there was the need to act quickly to save the industry from embarrassment.
President Mahama said this when he joined staff and management of the Ghana Revenue Authority to mark the first anniversary of the implementation of Ghana’s single window and to launch the Import, Export and Transit manual in Accra.
The single window programme was initiated by the Government of Ghana on September 1 2015 and launched on December 1, 2015 to enhance the country’s trade and economic development and secure and increased government revenue.
The project was also seen as a partnership between business and government to strengthen Ghana’s trade competitiveness and enhance the participation of the business community in the global market and to create trade and employment opportunities.
It is believed that before the implementation of the single window project, there were about 23 check-points at the ports which did not only inhibit the progress of business, but also created avenues for corruption at the ports.
President Mahama said the elimination of the numerous illegal handling charges would make Ghana the preferred destination of business and attract other importers in the sub-region to do business in the country’s ports and harbours.
He said in a bid to eliminate illegal activities at the ports and harbours, government has also established the National Risk Management Committee that would facilitate and provide walk-in services to reduce time and cost of doing business.
The President said the launch of the manual would provide a legal framework for the smooth progress of the project and make it conform with international standards and practices.
He gave the assurance that the full implementation of the single window and its inherent supportive projects would help reduce cost of doing business by the next five years and make Ghana the favourable destination for investment in Africa.
President Mahama said government’s continuous investment in port and harbour expansion would also provide adequate access to importers and create environment of smart business procedures.
He commended the implementation team for the success of the project adding that it was a testimony that it could become the best alternative to eliminate corruption and increase government revenue.
“Ghana Ports and Harbours, Ghana Maritime and all other partners should therefore get prepared to become busier in coming years on account of the expansion programmes that will also increase volumes of trade at their destinations.”
Mr James Asare Adjei, President of the Association of Ghana Industries, said the Association had so far been impressed with the implementation of the single window project on account of the reduction of the time of doing business.
He said the Association would be expecting a competitive and fair trade facilities for the indigenous Ghanaian businesses to enhance their growth and development in coming days.
Mr Adjei, however, expressed dissatisfaction with the numerous handling charges and high taxes on imported materials for Ghanaian industries and appealed to government to take a second look at the trend.