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Your Leadership got me the Speakership; Thank you!-Bagbin to Mahama

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Mr.Alban S.K Bagbin(right) interacting with President Mahama(left)

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban S.K Bagbin has poured a fountain of laudations on the National Democratic Congress(NDC) leadership for their immense role in securing him the victory to stir the affairs of the legislative House for the next four years.

According to him, aside from divine providence, the role played by President John Dramani Mahama and the entire NDC officials in getting him elected as Speaker cannot be underestimated.

“Its through you that I have been brought-up to be the Speaker of Parliament now… God smiled on me and used all of you led by His Excellency John Dramani Mahama. “Mr. Bagbin stated.

Speaking at a party event on Monday, 25 January in honour of the late Founder of NDC, Jerry John Rawlings, Mr. Bagbin said, he never thought he could become a Speaker in 2021 especially so when he had already planned a retirement from Parliament after nearly three (3) decades of representing his constituents.

He explained that he had established a Civil Society Organisation which was going to engage his attention until the idea of Speakership emerged at the twilight of his tenure as Member of Parliament.

“I packed bag and baggage and I have just established the Institute of Parliamentary Affairs Africa and got some of our Professors to work with me. I was transiting into that to support a democracy group.” The Speaker revealed.

Mr. Bagbin observed that the NDC must do everything possible to use the principles espoused by the late President Rawlings as pillars of direction if the party will be competitive despite the passing of its founder.

“We must carry almost everybody along. The celebrated Legislator urged.

He described the democracy under the Akufo-Addo regime as the one in crisis and called for concerted efforts by the rank and file of the NDC to work towards a formidable unit aimed at a continued electoral success in the country.

Source: Nationalistgh.com

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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

Mohammed Ibn Chambas
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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