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Covid-19 Evacuation: 41 Stranded Ghanaians Return From US



As part of government’s efforts to evacuate some stranded Ghanaians in various countries amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, some 41 Ghanaians have been airlifted back to the country.

The returnees who were transported from Washington DC are mostly students USA-sponsored exchange programme.

They were brought in via a South African Airways flight and landed at the Kotoka International Airport on Saturday morning.

They are set to undergo a two-week observation during which they will be mandatorily quarantined at a hotel in the capital.

This comes after an announcement by the Foreign Affairs Ministry on June 4, that it was facilitating some chartered flights to carry Ghanaians back home despite the closure of the country’s international borders.

“Following the return from Kuwait, I am pleased to inform this august House about government’s efforts to extend the evacuation exercise to other parts of the world,” Foreign Affairs Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey told Parliament.”



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EC Allegedly Exploiting Collated Figures From Registration Exercise- Afriyie Ankrah



Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, the Director of Elections of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) had alleged that, the Electoral Commission (EC) had already begun exploiting and falsifying collated figures from the current registration exercise.

The Director of Elections claims the Electoral Commission keeps hiking registered figures in some regions in the country.

 “It is obvious that whereas the Jean Mensah-Bossman Asare-led EC is clandestinely ballooning figures emanating from a particular region, they are surreptitiously reducing those from the strongholds of the NDC,” He said.

He revealed that, 7,869 people had been registered at the Offinso North Constituency contrary to the 26,886 people that EC had claimed to have registered.

Also with the 14,263 people that EC claimed to have registered at Afigya Sekyere was also false.

Mr. Afriyie Ankrah explained that, “The EC diabolically reported 14,263 instead of the actual registration of 8,975 which was an addition of 5,288 registrants to those who actually registered.”

He condemned the EC’s decision to register Final Year Students at Senior High Schools without gazetted registration centers and called it illegal.

The Director of Communications said, though the NDC embraced all inclusive policy for this exercise, it was equally necessary for the EC to operate within its stipulated laws.


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Call The Soldiers To Order – Volta Chiefs Warn Akufo-Addo Over Alleged Military Intimidation



The Congress of Paramount Chiefs in the Ho West District of the Volta region has called on government and the Electoral Commission to employ civil and peaceful means in identifying persons suspected to be aliens attempting to take part in the ongoing Voter registration exercise other than the Rambo-style approach being deployed by the military.

The chiefs have complained that military officers invaded the district on Tuesday, in a very intimidating and terrifying manner, where they ransacked homes of residents of Honuta in search of aliens -a situation the Congress of Chiefs describe as uncivil and unacceptable.

Some residents of the area have also alleged that soldiers visit some registration centers and begin to pull out suspected foreigners from the queues for questioning and intimidation.

However, addressing the press on behalf of all 16 paramount Chiefs at Dzolokpuita on Thursday, Osie Adjatekpor VII, Paramount Chief of Avatime Traditional Area, called on President Nana Akuffo-Addo to call the military to order.

The Avatime overlord further stated that, “it is unlawful for any individual or even the military to go onto the street questioning the nationality of another fellow. It’s unacceptable, embarrassing and only goes to add credence to the fact that there is an attempt to suppress our people as being alleged.”

“We want to solidarize with the people of Honuta and urge them to move out and register their numbers. They have our support and we would not sit down unconcerned to have anyone come and intimidate and disturb our peace in our attempts to exercise a civic responsible of registering.” He added.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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National Council of PTA’s Against EC’s Registration Exercise in SHSs



The National Council of Parent-Teacher Association of Ghana has registered its displeasure against the Electoral Commission (EC) for not consulting them before the decision on carrying out the voters registration exercise in Senior High Schools.

The Council alleges that, the registration exercise was an infringement on the reason why the students had reported to school.

 “The students were to be in school to do their revision and sit for the exams,” Alexander Danso, the President of National Council of Parent-Teacher Associations lamented.

Mr. Alex was also worried about the obvious which was exposing the students to the Coronavirus infection.

He said thus, “Those who are coming to do the registration, have they been tested? Are they free from the virus? We have to take into consideration all these things.”

“But if you don’t consult and you don’t do anything and you say you are going to register the students, is that why they brought them to the school? That is not part of it,” he further bemoaned.

The EC had decided on July 10 and July 11 as dates where official would visit all Senior High Schools in the country to be registered for the New Voters Card though EC has revealed that additional dates would be included should the need be.

This decision was confirmed after the Electoral Commission had had a discourse with the Ghana Education Service.

The incumbent opposition party had also condemned the ECs actions and raised worry over the legality of the decision.


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