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We Know Our Collated Figures; We Will Only Disclose It In Court – Asiedu Nketia Replies Critics

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General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has revealed why the party has failed to mention the number of votes it obtained in the 2020 Presidential elections.

The NDC has rejected the number of votes ascribed to its candidate John Dramani Mahama by the Electoral Commission, accusing the election organization body of ballot stuffing and rigging.

As announced by the chairperson of the EC, Jean Mensa on December 9, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who won the election garnered 6,730,413, representing 51.595% while John Mahama garnered 6, 214, 889 representing 47.366%.

John Dramani Mahama has subsequently filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the figures produced by the EC.

However, in all his press conferences, Mahama did not disclose what he believes to be the number of votes he polled in the election.

Speaking during an interview with Accra FM, Asiedu Nketia said that the party collated results from the polling station and hence has a figure but will not announce it now.

He said that if it becomes necessary for the party to make known their figure during the hearing of the election petition, it wouldn’t hesitate to do so.

“In this country, political parties don’t declare election result, it’s the EC. The EC has declared the result and we have issues with it and we are challenging it. We are challenging that on the basis of the EC’s own declaration, there are errors in it. So, if we get to a point where we have to give figures we will. So have patience and we’ll approve it in court. How do you expect us to reveal our tactics”, he said.

Asiedu Nketia added that the NDC’s auditing revealed that the figures announced by the EC do not correspond with the figures on the pink sheets it received from all the polling stations.

“The audit we did was private auditing. That’s why we called that there should be auditing of the results. We have done our auditing and have the bases that the EC’s figures are wrong. We agree with the figures at the polling station but base on what was recorded at the polling station, we’ve realized that the national figures are wrong. So, the two figures they gave is what we wanted to audit.”

Source: GhanaWeb

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Today In History: Exactly 55 Years Ago Today, Kwame Nkrumah Inaugurated The Akosombo Dam

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Exactly 55 years ago on January 22, 1996, Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah inaugurated the Akosombo Dam across the Volta River.

The Akosombo dam created a hydroelectric power plant, which fuelled an aluminium smelter and provided electricity to urban centers and adjacent countries like Togo and Benin.

However, the main purpose of the dam was to provide electricity solely for the aluminium industry. It is known to be “the largest single investment in the economic development plans of Ghana”

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Just In: NDC Petitions Bagbin To Sack First Deputy Speaker Of Parliament

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The Bono East Regional Youth Wing of the opposition National Democratic Congress has petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, to expel the First Deputy Speaker and Member of Parliament for Bekwai, Joseph Osei-Owusu, from the lawmaking house.

The call by the opposition party membership comes at the back of a recent statement made by the MP.

“During the last State of the Nation’s Address of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on January 5, 2021, he refused to acknowledge the wicked shooting of thirteen (13) unarmed citizens of Techiman South Constituency by armed security men leading to the death of three (3). Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu was questioned why the President did not say anything about the deaths of Ghanaians recorded at Techiman and other places. He replied by likening those shot in Techiman as criminals or armed robbers who need no commiseration,” portions of the petition addressed to the Speaker reads.

They add that Mr Osei-Owusu owing to his utterances has exhibited a lack of emotional intelligence, something that is highly required of him as First Deputy Speaker of the legislature.

“Mr. Speaker, we believe the functions of the First Deputy Speaker is so sensitive to the August House as well as Ghana’s democratic development, as such, the occupant needs someone with emotional intelligence to occupy, since Parliament is the House of the people.”

The group has, therefore, urged Mr Bagbin to invoke article 95 (2) (d) of the constitution and expel Mr Osei-Owusu from the house of parliament.

Source: Ghanaweb

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Scrap Employment, Information Ministries; 85 Ministers Still Too High – Gyampo To Akufo-Addo

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University of Ghana political science lecturer, Professor Ransford Gyampo has urged President Akufo-Addo to scrap some of his ministries and ministers because they’re still high.

According to him a maximum of 40 Ministers will be ideal for Ghana considering the country’s scarce resources.

“In terms of size of government, an optimum size of 40 would have been felt by all as a drastic response. But it is rumored that the size of government in the next administration is likely to hover around 85. This to my mind, is still big. President J.A. Kuffour vehemently criticized President Jerry Rawlings for appointing 82 Ministers in the lead up to the 2000 elections. But when he (Kufuor) became President, he appointed 88 ministers. President Atta Mills downsized the government to 75 Ministers and we still criticized him.

“President John Mahama increased the size of government to over 90 Ministers (including his three or five wise men) and we used this as a campaign tool against him. President Akufo Addo ballooned the size to over 120 ministers and maintained this number in spite of several calls for downsizing,” Professor Gyampo said in a statement.

See his full article below:

My Take on President Akufo Addo’s Size of Government & Ministerial Nominees

1. The outcome of the 2020 Election, was a victory with a taste of defeat for the NPP, as I predicted two weeks to the election. A government like that of President Akufo Addo, that is interested in leaving a legacy and securing electoral fortunes for its political
party, must do something noticeably drastic to send a clear message, that lessons have been learnt from the resounding voice of the populace, as clearly articulated in the last election.

2. In terms of size of government, an optimum size of 40 would have been felt by all as a drastic response. But it is rumored that the size of government in the next administration is likely to hover around 85. This to my mind, is still big. President J.A. Kuffour vehemently criticized President Jerry Rawlings for appointing 82 Ministers in the lead up to the 2000 elections. But when he (Kufuor) became President, he appointed 88 ministers. President Atta Mills downsized the government to 75 Ministers and we still criticized him. President John Mahama increased the size of government to over 90 Ministers (including his three or five wise men) and we used this as a campaign tool against him. President Akufo Addo ballooned the size to over 120 ministers and maintained this number in spite of several calls for downsizing.

3. Even though it may be commendable that the size of government may hover around 85 ministers in President Akufo Addo’s second term, the number is still huge. Japan used to run the world’s third largest economy with 17 ministers. UK has less than 30 Ministers and the US has less than 40 ministers. Similarly, South Africa and Senegal have less than 40 ministers. Why is it that many of these countries that are richer and more populous than us, run a lean governments? Available scholarly research all over the world, show a predilection for lean or optimum government, that synchs with national wealth and population, as big governments tend to gobble the scarce resources that must be used to implement pro-poor policies.

4. So, at a future date, the President may consider the following suggestions to beat down the size of his government further, as he strives to leave a good legacy:

5. If possible, the Information ministry must be scrapped. After all, apart from the Vice President and Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, no NPP functionary better informed the public about anything in the President’s first term. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah may simply be a Presidential Spokesperson without a whole ministry created for him.

6. The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs must also be scrapped. It is undemocratic and undermines the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances. It is a needless attempt to make the parliamentary arm of government subservient to the executive. In 2005, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) of NEPAD, made a similar recommendation, but President Kufuor ignored it. President Mills scrapped that Ministry in line with the APRM Report, and for eight years, that ministry never existed. But President Akufo Addo brought it back in 2017. Given the kind of hung parliament we have, it would be an exercise in futility for anyone to attempt to make parliament subservient to the executive. It wouldn’t work. A liaison Officer may simply be appointed to liaise between the executive and the legislature without having a whole ministry.

7. The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture must be added to the Ministry of Agriculture. The overarching ministry would be the Ministry of Agriculture and a desk can be set up to deal with matters of fisheries, livestock and other related agric enterprises

8. Railways provide a means of transport to the citizenry. The Ministry of Railway Development can be subsumed under the Transport Ministry

9. The Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources may be scrapped. The District Assemblies must be empowered to go back to their traditional “saman-saman” sanitation role, which they performed creditably in time past. The Water Resources bit of the ministry may simply be added to the Natural Resources Ministry.

10. Pluralism is a cardinal feature of democracy. There is no need for a whole Ministry in charge of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs. The fact that chiefs are unwilling to close their ranks in presenting a united front as important countervailing traditional bodies; and the fact that our religious bodies continue to remain amorphous, does not necessarily create any space for a whole governmental sector ministry. The frontiers of the state must not be expanded to cover chieftaincy and religious matters. Let the National House of Chiefs and Religious Bodies deal with their own issues.

11. What does the Ministry of Employment do? Do they offer employment? Can any graduate walk there in search for job? That ministry must be scrapped too. The National Labor Commission may be empowered to deal with all labor related issues. Matters of employment are cross sectoral and must remain so.

12. The Ministry of Public Enterprises may not be a useful introduction at this crucial time when there is much talk about rolling back the frontiers of the state and downsizing government. State-Owned Enterprises must be depoliticized and appointments into them, must be based on the Weberian conception of meritocracy. This would necessarily reinvigorate them to work, without a whole ministry to take charge of them.

13. Finally, if there is a Minsiter for Works and Housing, there may be no need to have another minister of state in charge of works and housing, in our current downsizing regime.

14. I conclude by saying that the previous government of President Akufo Addo may be reputed as the most stable in the history of the Fourth Republic. This may have its good sides. But, clearly, some ministers disappointed him. Others embarrassed him, while a number of them also caused disaffection for him and the party as a whole. As the President seeks to leave a legacy, he must be swift in reshuffling his team when necessary to bring out the best in them for Ghanaians.

If the petition for re-run of the elections at the Supreme Court succeeds, these suggestions may be relevant for President Mahama if he wins. If it doesn’t succeed, then may the second term of President Akufo Addo mark an era of quality government, that leaves a good legacy and translates into developmental outcomes that tangibly reflects in the life of every Ghanaian. I will be around to scrutinize whatever happens in the next government, not out of malice, but for the purposes of keeping the regime on its toes.

Yaw Gyampo
A31, Prabiw
PAV Ansah Street
Saltpond
&
Suro Nipa House
Kubease
Larteh-Akuapim

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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