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Dr. Dufour Invited Me To His Office – Allotey Jacobs Shares His Encounter With NDC Flagbearer Hopeful | Politics

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Social Commentator, Bernard Allotey Jacobs, has disclosed that Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, a presidential hopeful of the largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) invited him to his office for “talks”.

He didn’t disclose the exact conversation he had with the former Finance Minister.

“The truth is that Dr. Duffuor invited Koku Anyidoho and me to his office and we spoke a lot; I told him that once I’ve declared for Bawumia, I don’t want to be seen as a political opportunist,” he told Kwami Sefa Kayi during a panel discussion on Peace FM‘s morning show ‘Kokrokoo‘.

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Kenya To Break Pattern Of Disputed Elections | Elections

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Kenyans are working towards breaking the pattern of disputed elections and prevent election-related violence in the up-coming general election slated for August, 2022.

A pre-election assessment mission by the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) said the potential milestone would require concerted efforts by all stakeholders, including political parties, security services, civil society and the media.

The assessment delegation includes Mrs Jean Mensa, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana and Mr James Lahai, the National Coordinator of National Election Watch, Sierra Leone.

The rest are: Madam Nicole Rowsell, the Acting Vice President of the National Democratic Institute, the United States of America, and Mr Yomi Jacobs, the Resident Program Director of the International Republican Institute in Kenya and Nigeria.

Briefing the Ghana News Agency, Mrs Mensa said the purpose of the PEAM assessment was to ‘measure’ the current political environment as well as the electoral preparations ahead of the August 2022 general election.

She said the mission was to provide independent, impartial information and practical recommendations before Election Day to improve the process and demonstrate international support for credible and peaceful electoral processes.

The assessment, Mrs Mensa said indicated that the 2022 general election had the potential to be a pivotal milestone for democratisation in Kenya.

“Elections in 2007, 2013, and 2017 were marred by challenges with the results transmission process and related lack of public confidence in official outcome, resulting in widespread post-election violence in 2007 and 2008 and the nullification of the 2017 presidential election results by the Supreme Court,” she noted.

The mission found that the elections would take place against a backdrop of shifting political alliances and newly enacted and evolving amendments to the Electoral and Political Party laws and provide an opportunity to break with the past.

She said the delegation recognised the positive efforts being made to conduct more transparent, accountable, and inclusive elections, including the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s (IEBC) efforts to rebuild trust and assert its independence.

There are efforts to improve the political party nomination processes, increased stakeholder engagement by police, nomination of a female vice-presidential candidate, reliance on the judiciary to resolve disputes and the judiciary’s preparedness for legal challenges that may arise in the post-election period.

She said the delegation noted that stakeholders expressed concerns about remaining vulnerabilities that could undermine confidence in the 2022 elections and increase the potential for election-related violence.

These include electoral amendments that can affect the conduct of the election pending in Parliament, creating confusion among the electorate.

Mrs Mensa said the delegation observed that the persistent distrust over the transmission and announcement of results remained while Parliament’s failure to approve limits on campaign financing meant that campaign-related expenditures would continue to play an outsized role during the elections.

The delegation also heard reports of State resources being misused for campaigning in violation of the electoral code of conduct and the use of hate speech across the political spectrum to incite violence.

The lack of economic opportunity for young people makes them potentially more vulnerable to being exploited by political leaders to engage in violence.

Also, the prevalence of mis- and disinformation not only disrupts the flow of accurate election-related information to citizens, but also contributes to raising tensions and polarisation among political factions and ethnic groups.

The delegation heard concerns about the neutrality and the role of certain elements of the security services in maintaining peace.

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Leave Free SHS Debate To Politicians – President Akufo-Addo Urges Students | Politics

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged beneficiaries of the free senior high school (SHS) policy to concentrate on their studies and come out to be globally competitive citizens.

He advised them to leave the debate about its implementation to the politicians.

“Leave to the politicians the debate of Free SHS and don’t be distracted. Whether we should have Free SHS or we are spending too much money, or whether Akufo-Addo is handling it well, those are not your problems, they are my problem; the problem of those engaged in politics,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo gave the advice when he presented awards to the winners of the Junior Graphic 2021 Essay competition at the Jubilee House in Accra last Friday.

The Junior Graphic National Essay Competition is held in partnership with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advisory Unit at the Office of the President, with support from BiC, IPMC, and the Ghana Library Authority.

This competition is organised to improve the reading and writing skills of children in both basic and junior high schools.

Out of more than 2,970 entries, 11 contestants won the award.

President Akufo-Addo, however, told the students that they should not allow the nature of political debate to scare them when they grow up, because it was a worthwhile endeavour which offered the opportunity to serve their people, bring progress and bridge the knowledge and development gap.

He expressed the confidence that with the brilliance exhibited by the winners, one of them could in future become President of the country, but advised that “but for the time being, your emphasis has to be on your learning. Pay attention to what your teachers and parents tell you and work hard.”

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The President said finding the time for leisure and play was also good as expressed by the English expression that “All work and no play no play, makes Jack or Jill that dull boy or girl”, pointing out that they should also be mindful that “We want you to grow up as well-rounded patriotic citizens of the future and Ghana”.

President Akufo-Addo indicated that with the manner they had started successfully what laid in prospect for them was “only good things”, saying “I am happy that you have been able to come here with your parents”.

Akufo-Addo/Nkrumah Picture

The President stated that he never had the opportunity to meet the President during his childhood and school days and explained that he had seen a picture gone viral showing him saying ‘hello’ to Kwame Nkrumah and stated emphatically that “It wasn’t me”.

“I hope it’s a memorable occasion for you; you go away from here inspired”, the President said, adding that he would monitor their progress along the ladder.

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COKA Picks Number 3 To Lead The Third NPP Government? | Politics

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Balloting in politics has always been a big deal as religious and traditional people read several meanings and interpretations into it.

Many who believe in this myth are confident of the psychological advantage it carries for their candidates and vice versa.

Odeneho Kwaku Appiah, a chairman aspirant for the New Patriotic Party in the Ashanti Region is number three on the ballot for the 2022 Regional polls on May 27.

One of the main contenders and incumbent chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako picked number two, perhaps to clearly distinguish the space between them.

This came to light after a balloting exercise was conducted at the Regional Coordinating Council.

The others, Kofi Adum Bawuah, Robert Asare-Bediako and Kwabena Owusu Aduomi picked 2, 4, and 5 respectively. 

Whereas the perceived COKA contender (Wontumi) campaign message is about “Guy Guy n3 sika” literally meaning ‘showing off and money’, Odeneho Kwaku Appiah keeps preaching Hope, dignity, teamwork, Unity, Strengthening the structures of the party and above all working together to break the 8-year chain in the country’s political history.

While the incumbent is seeking re-election with his Toa so message, COKA consistently calls for change. A change he believes will turn around the fortunes of the NPP in the Ashanti Region.

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