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NDC supporters from Bole parade Nana Addo coffin, say political life over

Political rallies provide a fine opportunity for curious people to expose their stuff and at the Sunyani Coronation Park, venue for the manifesto launch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), today, some zealous party supporters from Bole have been sighted carrying a coffin draped with rival, Nana Addo’s pictures signifying death to his political career perhaps aware that should he lose his presidential bid for the third time, he might give up on the idea.

NDC Sunyani Manifest Launch: Heavy rains leaves event in limbo

Organisers and engineers erecting platforms and putting in logistics to make the 2016 NDC Manifesto launch a success can only hope that the Sunyani Coronation Park won’t become too soggy to warrant a shift in venue which could disrupt the flow and beauty of the launch.

Mornah Car Gift Saga: The 10 Questions which arise

A gift offered to a friend, relation or an associate can be to show high esteem, affection or goodwill but the situation takes on a different colour when the beneficiary of such a gift is a political chairman, as the People’s National Convention Chairman, Bernard Mornah is.

Why vote for ‘Promisers’ Nana & Mahama, I have business in all districts - Ndoum

Presidential candidate for the Progressive People’s Party, Paa Kwesi Ndoum says since it is clear to everyone that the unemployment levels in the country could threaten the very peace we enjoy, it was time Ghanaians gave him the mandate to become the country’s next leader when incumbent, Mahama is dislodged at the December polls.

My gov’t shall fulfill pledges made to Ghanaians – Akufo-Addo

The New Patriotic Party’s presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo maintains his party will offer a better alternative to the NDC’s poor handling of the state adding upon victory at the polls, his government shall fulfill all the pledges made to Ghanaians.

Vote the PNC to power, we are most tolerant & can unite country - Monarh

The People’s National Convention Chairman, Bernard Monarh has entreated small scale business operators in the Northern Region to vote for his party’s presidential candidate, Dr. Edward Mahama in December’s election as well as the parliament candidates representing the party.

PNC to fight EC over high fees

The Peoples National Convention (PNC) has declared its intent to use every means at their disposal to get the Electoral Commission (EC) to reduce filing fees for presidential and parliamentary candidates in the upcoming elections which had been pegged at GH¢50,000 and GH¢10,000 respectively.

NPP/NDC have mismanaged Ghana - Anyidoho

The People’s National Convention (PNC) has outdoored their running mate for the upcoming general election, Emmanuel Anyidoho at a ceremony in Accra on Wednesday.

5 things in NDC Manifesto that seem like responses to NPP promises

President John Mahama on Tuesday presented highlights of the National Democratic Congress' (NDC) 2016 Manifesto.

Primenewsghana brings you five items mentioned in the manifesto that seem like direct responses to promises of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).

1. Creation of region(s):

NPP flagbearer Nana Akufo-Addo, on his campaign tour of the Western Region promised to carve a new region out the existing one to be called North Western Region.

Speaking at Juaboso as part of his five-day visit of the region, Nana Addo explained that government will follow all the “constitutional provisions to get this new region"

Some members of the incumbent government criticised Nana Addo describing his promise as unnecessary, with others saying it is  unrealistic.

But barely a month after, The NDC, in its yet to be launched manifesto, says it would look into the feasibility of creating five new regions if Mahama retains power.

According to President Mahama said “We will set up a commission of enquiry to look into the creation of new regions. We currently have ten regions, but we believe that it is possible to increase the number of regions to 15. And so we will set up a commission of enquiry that will look at the viability of increasing the number of administrative regions in Ghana from ten to fifteen. And so this commission will receive petitions and based on that, they will look at whether creation of those regions are viable options or not; and based on that recommendation, we will trigger the constitutional processes.”

This looks like an obvious counter to Nana Addo's promise to the people of Western Region.

2. Voting of MMDCEs:

NPP flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo is on record to have stated his resolve to see MMDCEs elected rather than nominated.

“The time has come to bring accountability to local government through competitive politics. Election of DCEs at the local level can no longer be delayed. This is going to give a great boost to local initiatives and local self-reliance”, Nana Addo reportedly said while addressing a business forum in the United Kingdom in June.

Fast forward to September and the NDC manifesto is taking the voting of MMDCEs seriously.

According to President Mahama, “We’ll also implement the Constitution Review Commission’s recommendation to have MMDCEs elected and we’ll promote performance-based competition among MMDAs – Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies.”

3. Provision of National ID:

NPP running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has often criticsied the NDC for failing issue National ID cards to eligible citizens after eight years inpower.

Speaking at a fundraiser by the NPP USA chapter in April, DrBawumia stated that the party intends to issue national ID cards to eligible citizens in the first year of their administration when they are voted into power.

“We have been going for eight years now without being able to have a national ID card for example, having passed the National Identification Act in 2008, we have still not been able to issue a national ID card even though we all know why it is very important because even your tax base is very compromised if you are not able to issue the national ID cards. I think that in the very first year, we plan to issue ID cards without any hesitation", he promised.

The NDC’s manifesto addresses this NPP promise too.

According to President, “we will provide every Ghanaian with a National ID card” if given another presidential term.

4. Irrigation in the North:

On his campaign tour of the tour of the three regions, Nana Akufo-Addo, promised to provide functioning irrigation infrastructure through the "One Village One Dam" policy to create jobs and improve food security in Ghana.

“...As far as this part of our world is concerned, I want to go further and talk about one village one dam", he stated while addressing members of the Bolgatanga Traditional Council in the Upper East Region.

But in an obvious response to this promise, President Mahama during the presentation of the highlights of the NDC’s manifesto stated “In many places in northern Ghana, we have dug out wells ... Those are not dams”

“We will expand the investment under SADA to construct more irrigation facilities”, he stated.

5. Cashew marketing board:

Nana Addo during a courtesy call on the chiefs and people of Suma Ahenkro, in the Jaman North constituency of the Brong Ahafo Region as they celebrated the Akwantu Kese festival in March promised to establish a Cashew Marketing Board to regulate the industry just as it is done for cocoa to give farmers the best prices in order to improve their livelihood.

Nana Addo’s promise came at a time when cashew farmers were unhappy with government over a decision by the Trade Ministry to place a temporary ban on the exportation of cashew nuts. 

The ban was subsequently lifted and a few months after, the NDC's manifesto is promising President John Mahama will set up a new Cashew Board for Ghana to be headquartered in the Brong Ahafo Region should he win the December 7 polls for a second term.

Electoral Commission to review filing fees

The Electoral Commission(EC) is contemplating on reducing the ‘huge’ filing fees following complains by the political parties contesting the general elections.