Despite pressure from political parties and civil society groups for the the Electoral Commission (EC) to validate the voters register, the Commission will only use exhibition of the register to clean up the voters’ register ahead of the November 7 polls.
Former National Youth Organizer of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Mr. Abu Ramadan, currently battling the Electoral Commission (EC) at the Supreme Court to get the voters register validated, has stated that all moves by the EC to rig the 2016 general elections for President John Dramani Mahama will not succeed.
National Democratic Congress (NDC) General Secretatry, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has said considering he will not be surprised if Okyehene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II throws his weight behind the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Incumbent Member of Parliament for Klottey Korle, Nii Armah Ashietey after being defeated by Dr Zanetor Rawlings in the National Democratic Congres (NDC) primary for the constituency did not accept defeat but went straight to court and is currently praying the Accra High Court to nullify the results since Dr Rawlings was not a registered voter at the time she won.
Suspended Second Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sammy Crabbe, has said that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is wasting time by fighting the Electoral Commission (EC) for a new voter’s register.
Supporters of Incumbent Klottey Korle MP, Nii Armah Ashiettey and newly elected National Democratic Congress (NPP) parliamentary candidate, Dr Zenator Rawlings clashed during a meeting with the Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur over banners of the Dr Rawlings which had been used to decorate the venue.
Staunch critic of the Mahama administration, Dr Richard Amoako Baah says in the name of state building he would take up appointment in the regime should the offer be made.
The former head of the History and Political Science Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, who is an ardent critic of the Mahama administration told Class91.3fm’s Executive Breakfast Show host Ekow Mensah-Shalders on Monday April 11 that rejecting an appointment from President Mahama would mean “I do not wish the government well and I do not wish the country well”.
“So, if they ask me to do something and I think I can do it, I will do it,” he said.
According to Dr Amoako Baah, in the lead-up to the 2012 elections, he had advised late President John Mills and then Vice President John Mahama that education was going to be the key issue on which the election would be won.
“I have tried, on so many occasions, to help, especially when President Mills was alive. I talked to him and then Vice President Mahama. I talked to him, met him in his office, went to his house several times. Yes, but I mean it didn’t work, they don’t listen and it got worse …that was before the elections, and I remember telling them education is going to be key in this election. This was 2012 and education became the key,” he explained.
“I wrote an education policy for them; they still have it. But it’s almost as if they go and just pick bits of it. Instead of the comprehensive programme, they pick bits of it. For example, this cancellation of teacher allowances, it’s in my report, because the teacher allowance was being supported by – I think what – the Netherlands and so you are limited as to how many students you can admit based on how much money they are giving you, and, so, I said: ‘OK get rid of it’. That means you can take as many students as you want. But not just rid of it, improve teachers’ salaries. If you improve it, it makes it attractive…but that’s not what they did; they just cancelled it,” he explained.