Election 2024: Many voters in difficult situation – IDEG


The Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) says a ‘significant’ number of undecided voters are in a ‘difficult situation’ deciding on participating in the upcoming General Election.

The Institute said internal works conducted within the regions indicate that ‘a lot’ of voters ‘are not sure’ whether to participate in the December 7 polls as they had lost trust in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) due to past experiences.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Professor Kwesi Jonah, Senior Research Fellow, IDEG, said the development was dangerous to Ghana’s democracy.

‘Voters say that they have seen the NPP and NDC and they are going through same difficulties all the time. So, the real problem that we face at this moment is that a lot of people who are undecided whether they want to participate in the elections at all.

‘This is a danger to our democracy,’ he said.

Prof. Jonah encouraged politicians to do more to convince voters that they would perform better when
offered the mandate in the upcoming elections.

‘Between now and voting time, this is the time for politicians to convince those people who are sitting on the fence right now that things are going to change, in terms of the ways which politicians have performed in the past.

‘Otherwise, a lot of people have decided that they won’t vote at all,’ he said.

It is barely six months to the 2024 General Election and political parties and aspirants are criss-crossing the country to make a case to various segments of voters, stakeholders, and opinion leaders in a bid to win their support.

The parties appear to have adopted stakeholder engagements and house-to-house campaigns as starting points to the year-long campaign that is expected to intensify in the coming months.

The IDEG observed that the parties had adopted a shift in strategy at the initial stages of the campaign by targeting identifiable groups and people without spending too much financial resources.

Prof. Jonah described the approach adopted by the pa
rties as a ‘very good beginning’ and expressed hope that the parties would adopt measures to reduce the cost of their campaigns.

He said big rallies increased the cost of politics and proposed the allocation of a principal place where politicians could engage with voters directly instead of staging rallies in every district, constituency, and region.

‘If we want to cut down the cost of politics, we should begin a process. Instead of big rallies, having a central place where the leaders can go, talk to people, supporters, we can make more progress in cutting down the cost of politics,’ he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NDC has no room for nation wreckers


Leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has cautioned its members against any act of creating a looting brigade in government.

It said being in power was about bringing sustainable development to the citizenry and not making the few in power rich.

Speaking at the 32nd Anniversary of the Party and a flag raising ceremony, Mr Fiifi Fiavi Kwetey, General Secretary, said, an NDC government would have to reset the tone on how to learn to be selfless, patriotic, ensure value for money and accountable to the people. 

He said the key pillars of the NDC were ‘Unity, Stability and Development’ therefore, thus the Party would govern and unite the masses, create a stable and prosperous economy and deliver sector by sector development when given power.

Mr Kwetey, a former two-term Member of Parliament for Ketu South, said, such goals could be achieved through commitments and sacrifices as demonstrated by some past and present cadres. 

He said: ‘Cadres may go, cadres may come, but the revolution of good g
overnance, development, probity, accountability and integrity have come to stay and, therefore, the Party must be sacrosanct.’ 

‘We must ensure this Party becomes stronger and not have people in government whose thinking is how much money can we make. It must always be Ghana ahead of the Party and Party ahead of individuals,’ the former MP said. 

Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, Chairman, NDC, urged party members to continue with their task of working to win the 2024 general election.

The NDC’s formation came about after a group of nationalists and revolutionists had gone through party formation processes and gotten founders in all 110 districts and 10 regions in 1992 under the leadership of Yusufu Ali. 

They gathered at the Art Centre to accept the interim certificate the Electoral Commission gave them on June 10, 1992, to form a political party.

Meanwhile, the permanent certificate was given to the NDC on July 27, 1992.

Source: Ghana News Agency

My gov’t will not accept LGBTQ+ no matter the consequences – Dr Bawumia


The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, says the government under his presidency, will not accept homosexuality no matter the consequences.

He said it was important Ghana held and protected its culture, traditions and values as sacred devoid of any foreign influences.

Dr Bawumia, who is the flag-bearer of the NPP in the 2024 general elections, was addressing members of the clergy and church leaders in Kumasi, as part of his three-day campaign tour of the Ashanti region.

He stated clearly that, the traditions of the country’s forefathers needed to be protected and hold as sacred and that the LGBTQ+ was not part of it.

‘It is no, no, no for LGBTQ,’ he told the clergymen.

Dr Bawumia pledged what he called ‘golden age’ for faith-based organizations to enable them to strengthen their contributions to the socio-economic development of the country.

He said faith-based organizations would be empowered to manage their schools and shape the character and behaviour of the Ghanaian children.

The Vice President pr
omised to take the country into the fourth industrial revolution, which was the digital age.

He said the world of development was very competitive and Ghana must be prepared to be there as well, adding that, there was the need to put in place pillars such as technological education, digitalization and other innovations to move the country there.

Dr Bawumia said the introduction of the free senior high school policy and the distribution of tablets to students as part of the smart schools project, were all part of strategies to put the country on the global technological map.

He said the use of solar energy to power technologically driven agriculture would be one of his priorities, adding that, he would move the country into a credit economy.

Dr Bawumia said the private sector would be empowered to contribute significantly to the industrial revolution of the country and said flexible tax regimes would be introduced to help ease business operations in the country.

He said he would actively involve chiefs an
d traditional rulers in the fight against illegal miner (galamsey) in the country and promised to fight corruption at all fronts if elected as president in the December general elections.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NDC has no room for nation wreckers


Leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has cautioned its members against any act of creating a looting brigade in government.

It said being in power was about bringing sustainable development to the citizenry and not making the few in power rich.

Speaking at the 32nd Anniversary of the Party and a flag raising ceremony, Mr Fiifi Fiavi Kwetey, General Secretary, said, an NDC government would have to reset the tone on how to learn to be selfless, patriotic, ensure value for money and accountable to the people. 

He said the key pillars of the NDC were ‘Unity, Stability and Development’ therefore, thus the Party would govern and unite the masses, create a stable and prosperous economy and deliver sector by sector development when given power.

Mr Kwetey, a former two-term Member of Parliament for Ketu South, said, such goals could be achieved through commitments and sacrifices as demonstrated by some past and present cadres. 

He said: ‘Cadres may go, cadres may come, but the revolution of good g
overnance, development, probity, accountability and integrity have come to stay and, therefore, the Party must be sacrosanct.’ 

‘We must ensure this Party becomes stronger and not have people in government whose thinking is how much money can we make. It must always be Ghana ahead of the Party and Party ahead of individuals,’ the former MP said. 

Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, Chairman, NDC, urged party members to continue with their task of working to win the 2024 general election.

The NDC’s formation came about after a group of nationalists and revolutionists had gone through party formation processes and gotten founders in all 110 districts and 10 regions in 1992 under the leadership of Yusufu Ali. 

They gathered at the Art Centre to accept the interim certificate the Electoral Commission gave them on June 10, 1992, to form a political party.

Meanwhile, the permanent certificate was given to the NDC on July 27, 1992.

Source: Ghana News Agency

My gov’t will not accept LGBTQ+ no matter the consequences – Dr Bawumia


The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, says the government under his presidency, will not accept homosexuality no matter the consequences.

He said it was important Ghana held and protected its culture, traditions and values as sacred devoid of any foreign influences.

Dr Bawumia, who is the flag-bearer of the NPP in the 2024 general elections, was addressing members of the clergy and church leaders in Kumasi, as part of his three-day campaign tour of the Ashanti region.

He stated clearly that, the traditions of the country’s forefathers needed to be protected and hold as sacred and that the LGBTQ+ was not part of it.

‘It is no, no, no for LGBTQ,’ he told the clergymen.

Dr Bawumia pledged what he called ‘golden age’ for faith-based organizations to enable them to strengthen their contributions to the socio-economic development of the country.

He said faith-based organizations would be empowered to manage their schools and shape the character and behaviour of the Ghanaian children.

The Vice President pr
omised to take the country into the fourth industrial revolution, which was the digital age.

He said the world of development was very competitive and Ghana must be prepared to be there as well, adding that, there was the need to put in place pillars such as technological education, digitalization and other innovations to move the country there.

Dr Bawumia said the introduction of the free senior high school policy and the distribution of tablets to students as part of the smart schools project, were all part of strategies to put the country on the global technological map.

He said the use of solar energy to power technologically driven agriculture would be one of his priorities, adding that, he would move the country into a credit economy.

Dr Bawumia said the private sector would be empowered to contribute significantly to the industrial revolution of the country and said flexible tax regimes would be introduced to help ease business operations in the country.

He said he would actively involve chiefs an
d traditional rulers in the fight against illegal miner (galamsey) in the country and promised to fight corruption at all fronts if elected as president in the December general elections.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Majority Leader appeals to Ghanaians to preserve nation’s democracy


Mr Alexander Kwamina Afenyo-Markin, the Majority Leader and Leader of Government Business in Parliament, Tuesday appealed to Ghanaians to endear to preserve and protect Ghana’s democracy.

That, he said, would enable Ghanaians to reap the gains and benefits thereof and bequeath to the future generation a prosperous and peaceful Ghana.

Mr Afenyo-Markin made the appeal in his welcome remarks on the floor of the House upon their resumption after the Easter Recess.

‘Mr Speaker, as the House is already aware, a successful bye-election was conducted in the Ejisu Constituency in the Ashanti Region where Honourable Kwabena Boateng was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP),’ he said.

‘The Member was duly sworn in during the recent Emergency Sitting in accordance with the Constitution and the Standing Orders of the House.’

The Majority Leader took the opportunity to welcome Mr Boateng once again to the august House and encouraged him to be resourceful to the mandate of the House.

Mr Afenyo-Markin said the gener
al election would be upon Ghanaians in a few months’ time and citizens would once again have the opportunity of exercising their legitimate right of electing a President and Parliamentarians to serve and steer the affairs of the country.

He noted that as in any democratic dispensation, the mention of elections awakened some anxiety among the populace regardless of one’s political affiliation and the country.

He said to ensure the successful conduct of this constitutional assignment, the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana undertook a number of programmes and processes aimed at ensuring the participation of eligible citizens in the electoral process as well as deliver a free, fair and credible elections come 7th December, 2024.

He said one would expect that after successfully experimenting with

those processes for 30 years and more, Ghanaians would allow constitutionally mandated institutions and organs of State to perform their duties as provided for by the Constitution with no interference or hindrance fr
om any group of persons or individuals.

He said unfortunately, there were some distractions in the path of the EC in the discharge of its duties.

‘However, thanks to our beloved people, and the unity we enjoy, many of these issues and misunderstandings have been resolved’.

Mr Afenyo-Markin commended the EC for the conduct of a successful, smooth and generally event free registration exercises throughout the country and assured it of Parliament’s support in their efforts to, once again, deliver a credible general election.

‘Mr Speaker, we are all beneficiaries of democratic governance and it is incumbent upon us to ensure its sustenance and continuity and this can only be achieved by engendering the trust and confidence of the populace in the process’.

Mr. Afenyo-Markin said democracy had brought so much benefit to the country that he expected every well meaning citizen to protect the peace and harmony they enjoy.

He said it was imperative that Ghanaians avoided any incendiary statements and accusations
that could harm the nation’s democracy, peace and unity.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Interference of Party foot soldiers in local government affecting productivity


The Chamber for Local Governance (ChaLoG) says it has uncovered a growing despondency and low morale amongst civil and local government staff working in the Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) due to political interference.

‘This unfortunate turn of events has been occasioned by the unrestrained political interference in the day-to-day functional responsibilities of the staff in the MMDAs,’ ChaLoG stated in a press statement signed by its executives and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA).

It noted that this highly unacceptable phenomenon had led and continued to lead to growing apathy amongst the local government staff, resulting in low revenue generation and poor service delivery to citizens by the MMDAs.

It stated that the ChaLoG’s nationwide investigations had revealed disturbing observations of the indiscriminate and unjustifiable transfer of staff at the behest of chief executives, presiding members, and party constituency executives.

According to the ChaLog, its investigations
also revealed that such persons pose an open threat to local government staff with the use of transfers by MMDCEs.

‘Constant political interference and issuance of threats to internal auditors who try to stamp their authority for the right things to be done by MMDCEs; excessive political interest and interference in the preparation and award of contracts; and planting party foot soldiers in units and departments to monitor and sometimes usurp the powers and traditional responsibilities of local government staff,’ it stated.

Other observations, the chamber noted, were the deliberate sidelining of local government staff in taking critical decisions within the MMDAs; the forceful takeover and locking up of offices; and the forceful seizure of official vehicles being used by senior local government staff.

It stated that others included the unjustifiable replacement of trained and experienced revenue collectors with inexperienced party foot soldiers who have taken over revenue collection and political interfere
nce in the decision-making processes in the administrative procedures encompassing promotions, postings, transfers, recruitments, conversion, and upgrading of staff.

The ChaLoG indicated that the unrestrained political interference has greatly affected and continued to affect revenue generation and service delivery within the MMDAs as most local government staff, who had been engaged based on their technical expertise and know-how, are virtually adopting a wait-and-see attitude by sitting back to allow the political actors, who for all intents and purposes have little or no technical experience, to have their way, for fear of victimisation and unjustifiable politically motivated transfers.

‘It stated that this unfortunate phenomenon has largely demotivated and demoralised local government staff, so much so that they deliberately report to work late just to allow the political apparatchiks to do whatever they want to do in their absence.’

The ChaLoG, therefore, called on the Minister of Local Government and
Rural Development to urgently take practical steps to nip the needlessly overbearing conduct that has reared its ugly head in the MMDAs in the bud.

The urgent call, they noted, has become extremely necessary to allow well trained and qualified local government staff the freedom to independently perform their legitimate duties and functions, to enhance service delivery and, more importantly, generate revenue for developmental projects in the MMDAs.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Majority Leader appeals to Ghanaians to preserve nation’s democracy


Mr Alexander Kwamina Afenyo-Markin, the Majority Leader and Leader of Government Business in Parliament, Tuesday appealed to Ghanaians to endear to preserve and protect Ghana’s democracy.

That, he said, would enable Ghanaians to reap the gains and benefits thereof and bequeath to the future generation a prosperous and peaceful Ghana.

Mr Afenyo-Markin made the appeal in his welcome remarks on the floor of the House upon their resumption after the Easter Recess.

‘Mr Speaker, as the House is already aware, a successful bye-election was conducted in the Ejisu Constituency in the Ashanti Region where Honourable Kwabena Boateng was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP),’ he said.

‘The Member was duly sworn in during the recent Emergency Sitting in accordance with the Constitution and the Standing Orders of the House.’

The Majority Leader took the opportunity to welcome Mr Boateng once again to the august House and encouraged him to be resourceful to the mandate of the House.

Mr Afenyo-Markin said the gener
al election would be upon Ghanaians in a few months’ time and citizens would once again have the opportunity of exercising their legitimate right of electing a President and Parliamentarians to serve and steer the affairs of the country.

He noted that as in any democratic dispensation, the mention of elections awakened some anxiety among the populace regardless of one’s political affiliation and the country.

He said to ensure the successful conduct of this constitutional assignment, the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana undertook a number of programmes and processes aimed at ensuring the participation of eligible citizens in the electoral process as well as deliver a free, fair and credible elections come 7th December, 2024.

He said one would expect that after successfully experimenting with

those processes for 30 years and more, Ghanaians would allow constitutionally mandated institutions and organs of State to perform their duties as provided for by the Constitution with no interference or hindrance fr
om any group of persons or individuals.

He said unfortunately, there were some distractions in the path of the EC in the discharge of its duties.

‘However, thanks to our beloved people, and the unity we enjoy, many of these issues and misunderstandings have been resolved’.

Mr Afenyo-Markin commended the EC for the conduct of a successful, smooth and generally event free registration exercises throughout the country and assured it of Parliament’s support in their efforts to, once again, deliver a credible general election.

‘Mr Speaker, we are all beneficiaries of democratic governance and it is incumbent upon us to ensure its sustenance and continuity and this can only be achieved by engendering the trust and confidence of the populace in the process’.

Mr. Afenyo-Markin said democracy had brought so much benefit to the country that he expected every well meaning citizen to protect the peace and harmony they enjoy.

He said it was imperative that Ghanaians avoided any incendiary statements and accusations
that could harm the nation’s democracy, peace and unity.

Source: Ghana News Agency