This Week’s Top Stories
Saturday 12th May:
Despite opposition, the CPP went to congress at the Essipong Sports Stadium in Sekondi in the Western Region where over 2000 delegates decided who leads the party in the 2012 general elections.
Contesting the position were the 2008 vice presidential candidate of the party, the agronomist Dr Abu Sakara Foster, who emerged the winner by 1,139 votes representing 55.2% of the total votes cast, and an Accra-based Lawyer and former presidential aspirant, Mr Emmanuel Bright Akwetey who received 917 votes representing 44.8% of total votes cast. About 16 ballots were rejected.
The report further quoted him tagging Saturday’s congress as “bogus, fraudulent and unconstitutional due to the violation of … constitutional provision … in the party’s constitution”
National Media Commission (NMC) announced that they are developingrevised guidelines on political broadcasting to address hate speech as Ghana approaches the 2012 general elections.
Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings of the NDC claimed the ownership of the party’s emblem, the multi- coloured umbrella with the head of an eagle atop it. Mrs. Rawlings said the logo stands for many things however the current leadership is denigrating the symbolic value of the emblem.
And while the news captured wife of former president Rawlings, Konadu, grappling with logo ownership, he was at the opening ceremony of a workshop on ‘Government and Opposition’ by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. There, he criticized “the tendency by governments to regard the opposition as enemies, saying democracy is about providing space for the existence of the other side of the political divide.” (Daily Guide)
5 People who were arrested for rioting over Kennedy Agyapong’s arrest have had their case adjourned to May 30th by the Accra Circuit Court because prosecutors have said they are not ready.
Also the Electoral Commission gave the Ghana Prison Services a 20- day ultimatum to submit authentic records of inmates to enable them participate in the BVR. However COP Agblor replied that many inmates have undetected fake names and this will influence the records being gathered.
More on the EC, Mr. Amadu Sulley the newly chosen Deputy Electoral Commissioner took his pledge in a swearing- in on Tuesday in Accra. Amadu replaces Kanga who retired on April 29th this year.
Ghana Statistical Service “expressed concern over what it says is the misinterpretation of some indicators and inflation figures by … Dr Mahamudu Bawumia in his lecture last week, which tends to undermine the service’s credibility.”
President Mills congratulated Francois Hollande, the newly elected president of France. He said he was happy France accepted Hollande’s message of change and that he is looking forward to working closely work with him to continue the existing relations between the two countries.
Also, addressing a mini durbar in Wa, the flag-bearer of the Progressive People’s Party, Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, asked the Upper West Region to change their pattern of voting to vote for his party as their massive votes have helped the NDC win the 1992, 1996 and 2008 elections and also helped the NPP win in 2000 and 2004, yet, nothing has come out of it.
Ex-President J.A. Kufuor reacted to Vice Prez comments that it was:
Unfortunate that his little piece of advice to government to handle the Kennedy Agyapong affair with tact by not killing a fly with a sledgehammer was met with a rather sharp riposte from the Vice President, John Dramani Mahama, that his administration will not hesitate in using a bulldozer to kill a fly.
He condemned the manner in which the Assin North MP spoke but he maintained that he shouldn’t have been charged him with treason and terrorism.
The Biometric Voter’s Registration for the 2012 general elections and beyond ended on Saturday with over 12.75 million registrants despite setbacks. And most officials of the BVR in the Ashanti Region which was worst hit by violence and registration malpractices insisted there was no need for wholesale extension .
Also two Togolese arrested for registering on the 29th April 2012 were charged with voting offences and are set to reappear before court on May 18, 2012.