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GHANA: NPP Bounces Back to Power

Elections are dicey. Gifting or vote-buying or anything that seeks to influence voters does not win elections. Essentially, elections are referenda on government. The recent general elections in Ghana clearly spelled out the people’s feelings about the government of the NDC. The voters expressed themselves in a loud and clear manner vocally saying that performance […]

NPP Manifesto: A blueprint for development

As party manifestos go, even the best has been rarely practical but looks perfect on paper. Ghana’s major opposition New Patriotic Party a couple of weeks ago introduced a manifesto many experts agree is commonsensical and applicable. We make this observation on the grounds of the past record of the NPP whose eight year tenure […]

CHRAJ pulls a fast one on Ghanaians

CHRAJ’s report regarding the Ford gift from Burkinabe contractor Djibril Kanazoe smacks of a hushed job done to please a beleaguered president in an election year. The entirety of the report is not yet available to Amandla but the little we have read does not show any professionalism and defies the constitution. We dare disagree […]

Ghana: Presidential Pardon

Considering the response to Ghana’s President John Mahama’s reprieve of the four-month sentence for contempt of the Supreme Court by Salifu Maase (alias Mugabe), Alistair Nelson, and Ako Gunn (the Muntie 3), there is no doubt that the president flexed his constitutional muscle for political gains and reasons. We find it rather disturbing that President […]

Ghana: A moment of shame

Last month, a radio host and two panelists were sentenced by Ghana’s Supreme Court to 4 months imprisonment and fines of GHS 10,000.00 (< US$2,500) each for contempt of court. Not surprisingly, the Attorney General shied away from pursuing a possible criminal contempt action.   The three threatened SC justices with death for asking Ghana’s […]

Who actually won the 2012 Election Petition in Ghana?

In this issue of Amandla we have a synopsis of a report by a notable Nigerian legal expert on elections in Africa, Bamidele Aturu commissioned by the Ford Foundation on the petition hearings of the 2012 Elections in Ghana. In our view, Mr. Aturu’s expert review questions the sagacity and the judicial wisdom in the […]

Ghana’s Inspector General of Police threatens to jam social media on election day

Inspector General of Police John Kudalor has threatened to shut off social media on the day of general elections in November this year. This, he reckons, would allow for a peaceful election. His statement shook the country’s media, the opposition party and most people whose jobs and daily endeavors relied on social media. Some civil […]

Ghana’s limited registration – a recipe for clear and potential disaster

Ghana’s Electoral Commission opened a limited window of opportunity for qualified Ghanaians to register and have a chance to vote in the November elections. Further to the attendant violence and criminal acts by some political parties aimed at rigging the elections, the exercise does not portend a free and safe general elections in November. Some […]

Is it incompetence or over confidence?

We thought Prosper Bani, Ghana’s new minister of the interior would recant his inadvertent exposure of the Electoral Commission that went awry. He has still not apologized to the good people of Ghana. We are not aware if he has apologized to his boss and his party. NDC General Secretary Asiedu Nketiah and National Organizer […]

Ghana’s EC treading on dangerous path

Two institutions that have recently scarred themselves but need to salvage their integrity in Ghana are the judiciary and the electoral commission. While the former has started some bold initiatives to reclaim its status and dignity, the latter seems to be intentionally digging its grave in the soil of public confidence. Ever since Ms Charlotte […]