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Ursula Failed, Don’t Approve Her – CSOs To Parliament

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Two Civil Society Organisations have told the Appointment Committee of Parliament not to pass  Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Communications and Digitalisation Minister-nominee after her vetting yesterday.

According to these CSOs, Ursula made her inefficiencies known during the over six-hour vetting.

Sulemana Braimah, the Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) told Joy Prime in a report broadcast on Wednesday:

“How come she gets regular reports and yet would be unaware of a number of things that are happening at the NCA. I do not see it as something that we should gloss over. These are significant things.

“The fact that the President nominates someone should not be an automatic process for being confirmed. I think that the Appointments Committee has an opportunity now to demonstrate that they don’t just vet people and confirm them.”

Founding President of IMANI Africa also noted: “Largely on policies, she failed; her inefficiencies were apparent when Muntaka started drilling her. You could see clearly that she was fumbling all over the place.”

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NPP, NDC Agree To Remain Peaceful After Petition Verdict – Government

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Government says it has reached an agreement with the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to do everything possible to maintain the stability enjoyed in the country ahead of the pronouncement of the verdict in the ongoing 2020 election petition hearing.

According to the President’s representative at the Information Ministry, this was one of the resolutions reached at a high-powered delegation from both sides at a meeting on February 25, 2021.

The consultative meeting of 30 participants including top security hierarchy and chaired by Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare was hosted by the National Security Ministry.

Former President John Mahama is currently in court seeking to annul the results of the December 7 election over irregularities which he believes saw Nana Akufo-Addo emerge President.

After weeks of arguments at the Supreme Court by lawyers for the petitioner and respondents, the apex court is set to deliver judgment on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

The statement signed by Kojo Oppong Nkrumah indicated that both parties agreed to trigger measures to prevent their party faithful from fueling chaos after the Supreme Court declaration.

“Regarding the on-going election petition, all parties committed to the
need to preserve the peace in the aftermath of the verdict by urging their
supporters to exercise restraint and desist from any provocative acts that could undermine law and order.”

The meeting was generally geared towards reviewing “the security arrangements put in place for the conduct of the elections and expressed divergent concerns about the events that characterized the collation and declaration of the results.”

While calling for closure to election-related violence that characterised the 2020 general election through investigation and sanctioning of perpetrators, the gathering further called on the Police Service to “improve upon the policing of election materials in future elections.”

“The parties called for thorough investigations into the incidents that marred the peaceful conduct and declaration of the results notably in Odododiodoo, Savlegu, Ablekuma Central, Sefwi Wiawso, and Techiman South constituencies among others.”

The March 1 statement further reiterated the “need to continue the political and security dialogue in the best interest of the country.”

Also present at the meeting were; the Presidential Advisor on Security, Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Okyere (Rtd), Albert Kan-Dapaah, the
President’s Representative at the Ministry of National Security, Ambrose
Dery, the President’s Representative at the Ministry of Interior, Freddie Blay and John Boadu, NPP Chairman and General Secretary respectively.

The NDC was also represented by Kofi Totobi-Quakyi, former Minister for National Security, Lt Col Larry Gbevlo-Lartey (Rtd), Former National Security Coordinator and Director for Operations, Capt (GN) Baffour Assasie-Gyimah, former Deputy National Security Advisor and Mr. Kofi Attoh, National Vice Chairman. Also, in attendance were the IGP James Oppong-Buanuh and the CDS Rear Admiral Seth Amoama.

Source: MyJoyonline

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I Couldn’t Chew Ballot Papers Because Of My Nose Mask; ‘Shameful’ Carlos Ahenkorah Finally Explains Ballot Snatching

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Tema West lawmaker, Carlos Ahenkorah has explained why he ‘disgracefully’ snatched ballot papers during the voting of a Speaker for the 8th Parliament on January 7, this year.

Speaking on UTV’s Morning Show he indicated that contrary to reports, he was unable to chew the ballot papers due to the nose mask he was wearing.

“The NDC came with a certain mind, a certain mindset and that is what they wanted to achieve and nothing was going to stop them,” he was quoted by ghanaweb.

He continued: “I realised that after the counting of the ballot papers, voting has been established and everything is finished,” Ahenkorah said trying to justify why he decided to go and snatch the papers for voting to start all over again so that the NPP side can ensure that the whip system is restored to enable them to get the 138 votes.

“Unfortunately, I didn’t get the kind of support Muntaka got from his people….”

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Twitter Reacts To Kojo Oppong Nkrumah’s Rejection By The Appointments Committee

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Information Minister-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, jumped to the top spot of social media trends last night after he was rejected by the Appointments Committee of Parliament.

Information indicates that the nominations of Oppong Nkrumah, Hawa Koomson and Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto have been rejected by the committee after their vetting.

The reports state that Oppong Nkrumah was rejected because some committee members believe he was dishonest with his answers on some key issues.

One issue that cost him outright disapproval was his connection with television station MX24.

It is believed that while Oppong Nkrumah denied any affiliation with the media house, some members of the committee are firm in their conviction that he is the owner of the company.

His role in the contempt charge of former Deputy Attorney General Dominic Ayine by the seven justices of the Supreme Court sitting on the 2020 election petition has also been cited as a reason for his rejection.

Below are some reactions from Twitter to the news about Mr Nkrumah’s Rejection.

Source: GhanaWeb

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