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By-Election looms as NPP gets Fomena MP to cross carpet in Days-Nana Akomea hints

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A leading member of the New Patriotic Party(NPP), Nana Akomea has disclosed that he will personally rally support within the rank file of the party to get the Fomena Independent Member of Parliament(MP), Andrew Amoako Asiamah to re-join the NPP so a by-election could be conducted in the coming weeks.

According to him, the NPP will make the Fomena MP the automatic candidate and he will become the next NPP MP of the area since Fomena is a stronghold of the party.

Speaking on the Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana Show on Friday, January 14, Nana Akomea who is the immediate past Managing Director of the State Transport Corporation(STC) explained that getting the Fomena MP elected on the ticket of the NPP will bring to an end, all the quandary surrounding which party forms majority in the 8th Parliament.

“I will advise my party to have the Fomena MP step aside so we have a by-election in a couple of weeks so he can come back into parliament as a member of the NPP.” Nana Akomea stated.

He said, the NPP needs a formal majority to effectively get government business passed in the legislative organ of the sate but the posturing of the National Democratic Congress(NDC) MPs who continue to challenge the numerical strengths of the NPP despite Mr. Asiamah electing to do business with them calls for this approach.

On his part, the North Tongu Member of Parliament and a co-panel on the Show, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa warned that it will be politically suicidal for the Fomena MP to accept the offer of re-joining the NPP.He explained that Mr. Asiamah will risk losing his current position as a Second Deputy Speaker as well as all the mouthwatering conditions that come with the portfolio.

But Nana Akomea insisted that all it matters is for the NPP to have a clear majority in Parliament and the Fomena MP can be compensated with a cabinet position by the Akufo-Addo government.

Background:

The 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic has been described by many political pundits as novel. It has produced an equal number of 137 Seats each for the NPP and the NDC with one Independent Member.

For the first time in the republic, an opposition Member, Alban. S.K Bagbin has been elected to the position of Speaker albeit unfortunate controversies and rancor.  Given the equal number of Seats for both parties, the decision on who forms the Majority or Minority Caucus has become a cliffhanger.

The NDC Parliamentary leader, Haruna Iddrisu has in a Press Conference yesterday revealed that his side will sit on the left side of the Speaker but that should not be misconstrued as accepting that the NDC is the Minority in Parliament.

The raging debate at the moment is on the composition of the various Committees and which party heads them given the equal numbers.

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GJA Elections: Filing of nominations ends

Filing of nominations for various executive positions for the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) ended by close of work on Tuesday May 4, 2021.

Those who filed for the presidency are: Mr Albert Kwabena Dwumfuor of Atinka Media Village, Mr Gayheart Mensah, a Media Consultant and Mr Dave Agbenu of the New Times Corporation.

Mrs Linda Asante-Agyei of the Ghana News Agency (GNA), filed for the position of Vice President, while Mrs Audrey Dekalu, also of the GNA, filed for the position of Treasurer.

Others are: Mr Kofi Yeboah-General Secretary, Mr Akwasi Agyeman of the Multimedia Group-General Secretary, Ms Mary Mensah of the Graphic Communications Group Limited-Organising Secretary, Mr Dominic Hlordze of GBC, Organising Secretary and Mrs Rebecca Ekpe of GBC, and Caesar Abagali of Ghana News Agency, both for Public Affairs Officer .

Mr Peter Agbeko, a member and Secretary of the GJA Elections Committee, received the nomination forms on behalf of the Committee and wished the aspirants good luck, while entreating them to prepare for vetting.

Nominations for the elections commenced on Tuesday April 13, 2021.
The candidates promised to conduct their campaigns peacefully and transform the fortunes of the Association if voted into office.

Aspirants for regional positions also filed nominations in regions across the country.
Source:GNA

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Modify collation structure to prevent chaos during polls – Mac Manu to EC

 former Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Peter Mac Manu, has called on the Electoral Commission to modify the collation structure introduced in the 2020 general elections.

The Electoral Commission in the December 7 election set up collation centres in all the constituencies where officials of the Commission presented results from the various polling centres.

The Commission also set up the regional collation centres.

The former NPP chairman told Citi News the collation structure introduced by the EC played a part in the violence recorded in the elections.

“You set up a collation centre like Techiman South with 265 or so polling stations. It means you expect 265 presiding officers, so the whole place becomes congested and chaotic. More so, because people are eager for results, they come and line up, and this creates uneasiness for people to do the arithmetic.”

“You need a serene atmosphere to do the arithmetic but with this noise and congestion, it becomes chaotic and ultimately false news and propaganda go about that they are stealing and the media start pronouncing that on the airwaves. This creates instability.”

His suggestion comes a day after the Electoral Commission posited that the 2020 general polls were the most successful in the country’s Fourth Republic.

The Director for Training at the Commission, Michael Boadu, at an ongoing post-election workshop by CODEO, attributed the success to their choice of procurement method.

“During the registration, we hired not less than 44,000 persons. In the exhibition, we hired over 71,000 exhibition officers and over 231,000 election officers for the election itself. In addition, between 2016 and 2020, we increased the number of polling stations by 10,000. This means that the Commission hired 146,122 more staff working on the exhibition and the election day alone and yet, we managed to reduce the cost per person by almost half,” he said

The National Democratic Congress however has a different view on the performance of the Jean Mensa-led Electoral Commission.

The NDC, after boycotting an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting set to review the December 7 general elections, said the EC was biased.

Source:citinewsroom

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2020 election deaths have dented Ghana’s image – Ibn Chambas

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Dr.Mohammed Ibn Chambas

The immediate past Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, says the deaths that were recorded in the 2020 general elections have dented the country’s image.

According to him, Ghana needs to work to reclaim its enviable democratic credentials on the continent.

Some persons died during and after the polls prompting the NDC Caucus in Parliament to first table a motion for the House to probe the matter.

Speaking at a High-Level Post-Election Stakeholders’ Review Workshop of the elections under the auspices of CODEO, Dr. Ibn Chambas stated that, in terms of democratic credentials, Ghana has lost its bragging rights in the comity of nations due to the incident.

“I hear that, indeed, in some of our neighbouring countries, we did witness crisis prior to the election, during the election and post-election including, for instance, Guinea and other neighbouring countries like Côte d’Ivoire where we had a large number of election violence. It is in that regard that we should also be concerned that perhaps we lost our bragging rights because I used to be able to brag about the fact that despite tensions and differences during elections in Ghana, there are never any deaths, but I think this time our image has been dented.”

Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas also lamented Ghana’s sharp decline in regional benchmarks for justice and democracy, as well as security and rule of law.

Referencing Mo Ibrahim’s latest report on democracy in Africa, the diplomat and politician said Ghana has to confront the issues head-on.

“In the category of Justice and rule of law, our standing has declined given the parameters that the Mo Ibrahim foundation uses to rate African countries. We need to be conscious of that and interrogate what is causing the decline because we should be a leader in that category. We also see a decline in security.”

Source:citinewsroom

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