Dr Bawumia to visit Oti Region on Friday


Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), will embark on a day’s-tour of the Oti Region on Friday, May 31, 2024.

The move forms part of his campaign strategy to go down to doorsteps of voters and listen to their concerns.

DSP Mr Daniel Machator (RTD), the Oti Regional Minister, disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), at Dambai.

He said the Flagbearer would hold a breakfast meeting with the clergy and Muslim leadership and engage with the Oti Regional House of Chiefs at the Oti Regional Coordinating Council (ORCC).

Dr Bawumia will take his door to door campaign to Dambai Junction and Zongo to interact with business people at the Saturday market.

He said Dr Bawumia would also meet students under the youth connect at the Dambai College of Education (DACE).

The campaign team will proceed to meet with party leadership at ORCC conference hall.

Ahead of the presidential candidate tour in the Region, party flags are already flying and mini-billboards have been mounted in Dambai o
n light poles with a charged atmosphere awaiting his arrival.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NPP Communication Officers demand for explanation over auction of government vehicles


The Constituency Communication Officers of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Bono Region are demanding explanation from the Bono Regional Coordinating Council (BRCC), over alleged auction of some government vehicles allocated to the region.

They said until the RCC explained the circumstances leading to the auction of the vehicles comprising of tipper trucks, earth moving machines, pay loaders and road rollers, the Council would be considered as not being in any position to work for the party in the region.

Addressing a news conference held at Abesim, near Sunyani, the Communication Officers regretted the BRCC’s alleged failure to pass through the appropriate or laid down auction procedures too.

Mr Abubakari Yakubu, popularly known in the political space as ‘Baba Amando,’ the Sunyani East Constituency Communication Officer of the NPP and spokesman, regretted that the party had no knowledge about auction vehicles.

‘Before then, the trucks were working so well and benefiting even some Municipal and Distri
ct Assemblies in the region, however, these vehicles were grounded and left under the mercy of the weather in a in bizarre manner,’ he stated.

Flanked by other communication officers of the party, Mr Yakubu said they expected public explanation from the BRCC not only the auction, but those behind the auction of the vehicles in order not to make the government unpopular in the region.

He said the communication officers did not understand why the vehicles should be auctioned when its flagbearer Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia was preaching about the protection of national assets.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Two-day extension of voter registration exercise enough – CODEO


The Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) has welcomed the Electoral Commission’s (EC) two-day extension of the ongoing voters’ registration exercise across the country.

The Coalition, which has been monitoring the exercise since its inception on May 7, 2024, said the two-day extension ‘is enough’ to cover for the ‘lapses’ that marred the first two days of the exercise.

Mr Albert Arhin, the National Coordinator, CODEO, told the Ghana News Agency that, ‘two days are enough to cover for the losses,’ adding ‘the exercise did not take-off well.’

‘There were few lapses at the initial stages of the exercise. For instance, machines were breaking down and sometimes the mobile teams were not at the difficult areas (per the schedule advertised)’

‘I’m sure that is enough reason the EC decided to give it a two-day extension and I think it is okay,’ he said.

The EC commenced the registration of new voters on May 7, 2024 and the exercise was initially scheduled to close on May 27, 2024.

The Commission in s
tatement dated Saturday, May 25, 2024, announced a two-day extension of the exercise across the country.

The Commission said the extension was to make up for the network challenges that characterised the first two days of the exercise.

The EC had earlier rejected calls for an extension, arguing that the 21-days allotted for the exercise was enough and that the proposed extension was not ‘feasible.’

The CODEO agreed with the Commission that the 21-days period for the exercise was enough for first-time voters to register.

The Coalition expressed concern about the abuse of the guarantor system in the ongoing registration exercise.

The CODEO said it had observed that representatives of political parties stationed at the registration centres had become ‘guarantor contractors’ for some applicants.

‘In future, we should try as much as possible to get every Ghanaian the citizenship identification card. You find that those doing the guarantor system are far too many.’ Mr Arhin said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Healthcare not among top-three priorities of many voters – opinion poll


An opinion poll by a data analytics consulting and research company indicates that healthcare is among the least issues of concern for sampled voters in the upcoming general election.

The polls, conducted by the Data Insight Group of JOB Group Limited and Chartered Media Consult, indicate that about one-third of eligible voters are neutral in their confidence of affordable and quality healthcare, while close to half of respondents have ‘intense’ confidence in accessibility of healthcare.

The March 2024 poll, which sampled 134 respondents (majority of whom were between the ages of 18-30), notes that although voters ‘expect better’ on matters relating to their wellbeing, their interests in other issues are more pressing than healthcare.

‘While healthcare remains an important issue, it is still not a top priority for voters for consideration in the 2024 Election,’ the pollster noted in release issued to the Ghana News Agency, in Accra.

‘Voters who will continue to vote for the incumbent party range from zero
per cent to just about 35 per cent based on their interest level in the election,’ the release said.

‘Statistically, about 30 per cent of voters remain not interested in the upcoming election. And more than 20 per cent have very low interest, which is comparable to the number of voters who responded that they will not vote,’ according to 2024 March Poll.

Commenting on the findings, Mr Ebenezer Obeng-Nyarkoh, Lead Analyst, Data Insight Group | JOB Group Limited, said: ‘Technically, supply and demand of health care remain unlimited and the supply-side is not necessarily an issue potentially due to the growing role of the private sector in the industry.’

‘However, the growing cost of medical care characterised by the three economic agents, including patients, insurers, and providers should push voters to demand for clearly defined vision and policies in campaign messages,’ he added.

The opinion poll also found that voters’ choice of candidates is least influenced by ethnicity, and religious affiliation.

‘An
d while it is true that factors such as educational background, age, charisma as well as political ideology and party affiliation can influence voters’ choice of candidate, these are all of less influencing factors,’ it said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Akan registers 3,317 new voters with 11 challenges


Akan Constituency in the Oti Region has registered 3,317 new voters with 11 challenges as at close of work on Sunday, May 26.

The new voters include; 1,736 males and 1,581 females.

Mr. Emmanuel Klu, Akan Constituency Director of Elections, NDC, disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview at Kadjebi.

He told GNA that the 11 potential registrants were challenged for ‘non- Ghanaian and not residents at the electoral area.’

Mr. Klu said an adjudication Committee would sit on the case and applicants if exonerated, then his or her Voter ID Card which has been withhold would be released to, but if not card sustain.

As at time of filing this report at 1115hours on Monday, May 27 some 100 applicants are in queue waiting to be registered for Voter ID Cards.

There were Security personnel, NDC and NPP Party Executives and Agents.

Source: Ghana News Agency

EC limited voter registration enters final week, exercise progresses smoothly in Hohoe


The Electoral Commission (EC) ongoing nationwide limited voter registration exercise has begun its final week in Hohoe and is progressing smoothly.l

The exercise, which began May 7 and expected to end on May 27, 2024 has been extended by two days.

The Commission said the extension was to make up for nationwide software and data issues that characterised the first two days of the exercise.

A visit by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) to the Hohoe EC registration centre on Monday morning saw some eligible registrants mostly second-cycle students in a queue for voter identity cards.

The Agency also observed the smooth functioning of biometric machines and security presence although queues continue to reduce from week two.

Some 18 year-old students who obtained voter cards and spoke to the GNA said they were elated to have voter ID cards.

They said acquiring the cards meant they were eligible to exercise their franchise on December 7 this year and subsequent elections.

Mr Michael Lagbo, a 72-year-old, who obtain
ed the new voter ID card recounted how he once worked as a registration officer for the Commission.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Election 2024 National Election Response Group launched to control violent threats


The West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) and the National Peace Council (NPC) have launched a ‘National Election Response Group (NERG)’ to monitor and promote violence-free elections.

The Group, made up of civil society organisations, political parties, nongovernmental organisations, development partners, institutions and eminent persons would among other functions set up a situational room to monitor and address violent threats in the upcoming Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

Dr Chukwuemeka Eze, the Executive Director, WANEP in a speech read on his behalf, said through the years, West Africa had witnessed new threat vectors and non-conventional intersectionality associated with electoral processes and undermining democratic processes in the region.

Additionally, election-related violence had fractured communities and caused significant infrastructural damage and loss of lives.

At the core of the challenges, he said was the upward trajectory of mistrust among political actors, between i
nstitutions and between citizens and the State which had been fuelled by both realities and perceptions of a deepening culture of politicisation and lack of transparency.

Dr Ernest Adu Gyamfi, Governing Board Chair, NPC, said the Global Peace Index since 2019 had ranked Ghana as the most peaceful country in the West Africa sub-region except in 2023 when the country lost that position to Sierra Leone.

‘This should remind all of us of the need to jealously guard the peace and our peaceful coexistence in the upcoming general elections,’ he said.

He said NERG would hold working sessions to analyse the early warning reports that would be submitted to it by WANEP-Ghana based on the data received from monitors.

Dr Gyamfi implored the political parties to express their opinions on national issues with decorum, while providing practical solutions to the many challenges that confronted them and abstain from hate speech as well as tribal politics.

Mr Samuel Tettey, the Deputy Chairperson, Operations, Electoral Comm
ission (EC) of Ghana, said the EC was committed to its principle of transparency, integrity and fairness as part of efforts to mitigate electoral violence.

The EC, he said, was naturally inclined to support any initiative that created an enabling environment for electoral and political progress.

It, therefore, commended WANEP, NPC, EU and other partners for the election violence monitoring analysis and mitigation project.

Mr Ebenezer Ofosu Asiedu, a representative of ECOWAS, commended the organisers for advocating the tenets of participatory democracy with the sole objective of ensuring the maintenance of peace and stability in Ghana and the region at large.

The event, he said, was timely as it took place at the time when the peace of West Africa was being put to a test.

‘We are all aware of how elections when not managed well lead to disputes. The region recently witnessed coups and attempted coups, resulting from unresolved disagreements from elections. So, elections organisations have been a source of
concern.

‘Therefore, we see the meeting as appropriate and timely and to remind us of the need to keep vigilance and protect the peace and stability of the nation,’ he added.

Dr Festus Kofi Aubyn, the WANEP Regional Coordinator, Research and Capacity Building, said as part of WANEP’s Electoral Violence Monitoring, Analysis and Mitigation project, WANEP had categorised all 275 constituencies into hotspots over those that are high-risk, risk and low-risk.

Mr Henry Quartey, the Minister for the Interior, in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Minister, Madam Naana Eyiah Quansah, said periodic elections had become a central part of democracy.

Concerns raised against the EC over the registration of new voters, violence arousing from voter registrations, industrial actions and intemperate language on traditional and new media were issues that needed redress with possible avenues, he said.

He called on the private sector and the international community to stand with them in the noble task of ensuring peac
e and human security.

Source: Ghana News Agency

EC registers 1,381 persons, four challenged in two weeks at Keta


The Electoral Commission (EC) in Keta in the Volta Region, has registered 1,381 new voters with four challenged cases within the first two weeks of the ongoing Limited Voter Registration exercise.

The 21-day exercise, which commenced on May 7, is expected to capture voters who are 18 years and above into the EC’s database.

Mr Philip Adzomani, the EC Officer at Keta, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that the exercise had been smooth so far, regardless of the earlier challenges faced.

‘Our team faced network challenges from the beginning of the exercise, and we thank God it has been fixed for the exercise to progress.’

He urged the public to discourage young voters who have not attained 18 years and above to desist from attempting to register.

‘I thanked God we are back to the online registration system. We turned down almost 20 applicants who were detected by our machines for attempting double registration.’

Mr Adzomani urged all eligible citizens to get registered for the December elections.

Mr Bernard Suka, a communication team member for the New Patriotic Party at Keta, expressed satisfaction with the exercise so far.

He urged the public to support the EC for a successful registration exercise.

Also, Mr Wonder Setsoafia Deynu, the Deputy Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress, on his part, appealed to the EC to extend the duration of the exercise to pave the way for many new registrants including persons living with disabilities to register.

Some of the new registrants the GNA spoke to expressed satisfaction over the process so far.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Stakeholders pledge to lead crusade against violent extremism


Stakeholders and the youth in the Lambussie District have pledged to champion and lead the crusade against violent extremism in the area.

They said they would be serving as a unified body in promoting peace, and resolving conflict before, during and after the December elections.

They made the pledge in a communiqué after a day’s training workshop organised by the Lambussie District Directorate of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) on its European sponsored, Preventing and Containing Violent Extremism (PCVE) Phase I programme with focus in the eight Regions of Northern Ghana.

The engagement held in Lambussie was aimed at bringing stakeholders and the youth together to form an Inter-Party Dialogue Committees (IPDC) who would serve as unifying bodies to promote peace and resolve conflicts with focus on monitoring and reporting all threats and vulnerabilities relating to violent extremism.

Participants in the meeting included representatives from the Electoral Commission (EC), Political Partie
s, Lambussie District Assembly, NCCE, CHRAJ, Traditional Authorities, Security Services, Faith Based Organisations, Civic Societies, the media, PWDs, Women and youth groups.

Mr Taalaar Amatus, the Lambussie District Officer of the NCCE said activities of violent extremism had adversely affected Ghana’s neighbouring countries including Burkina Faso and Niger, adding that it was imperative to train and educate the youth and other stakeholders in the Lambussie district, sharing borders with Burkina Faso.

He highlighted that Ghana had successfully conducted both Presidential and Parliamentary elections eight times in succession and that the peaceful transfer of political power from one ruling party to an opposition party in 2000, 2008 and 2016 had been admired by all.

Mr Amatus stressed a need for every well-meaning citizen to help maintain the country’s democratic credentials to enhance political, economic and social stability.

Mr Victor Nuworkpor, the Upper West Regional Director of the NCCE said the activi
ties of violent extremism groups in the sub-region was a serious security threat to Ghana and that everyone must come on board and be vigilant in the fight against violent extremists activities.

He urged citizens to help avert violence extremism by reporting any suspicious acts or activities before, during and after elections 2024 by resounding the National Security Slogan ‘If you see something say something’.

Reverend Father Boniface Tawel, the Catholic Priest of St. George’s Parish, Piina speaking in a presentation on Monitoring and Reporting Threats and Vulnerabilities to Violent Extremisms, urged the public especially political party members to respect the right and political beliefs of each other to enable everyone exercise their democratic rights without fear or intimidation or violence.

‘Our differences should not be a source of conflicts but rather a way to constructive dialogue.

Violent extremism in this 2024 elections can be prevented around developing constructive personal group and political r
elationships across ethnic, religious, class and constituency boundaries’ he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency