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Major electoral reforms cannot be enacted in an election year – Omane Boamah tells EC

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In a Facebook post explaining why the EC couldn't hold elections in November, Dr. Boamah stated that "the EC waited seven years after 2016 without revisiting this issue only to resurrect the subject of voting in November, when Ghana has only ten (10) clear months to the December 07 presidential and parliamentary elections." The NDC's Director of Elections stated that if the political parties accepted the EC's November plan at Monday's IPAC meeting, Ghana would have had eight months to prepare for the elections. "Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission's calendar of programmes and activities for the upcoming elections is not yet ready; hence, could not be released to political parties," a spokesperson said.

According to Dr. Omane Boamah, Director of Elections for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the Electoral Commission (EC) would be unable to hold this year’s election in November due to the delay in the proposal.

“You don’t wait for an election year to introduce major Electoral Reforms: a year in which the EC has so much to do after an abysmal District Level (Assembly) Elections characterised by postponements after postponements, shortage of ballot papers, some Election officers complicity among others,” he went on to say.

On Monday, January 29, the NDC backed the change in the day of national elections but wanted the reform to start in 2028.

This comes after the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) met with political parties to discuss the EC’s proposal to modify the election date.

In a Facebook post explaining why the EC couldn’t hold elections in November, Dr Boamah stated that “the EC waited seven years after 2016 without revisiting this issue only to resurrect the subject of voting in November, when Ghana has only ten (10) clear months to the December 07 presidential and parliamentary elections.”

The NDC’s Director of Elections stated that if the political parties accepted the EC’s November plan at Monday’s IPAC meeting, Ghana would have had eight months to prepare for the elections.

“Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission’s calendar of programmes and activities for the upcoming elections is not yet ready; hence, could not be released to political parties,” a spokesperson said.

Dr Boamah questioned why the EC waited for January to expire without providing stakeholders with the electoral schedule for the 2024 elections.

“Why didn’t the European Commission bring these talks, changes, and revisions in 2017, 2018, 2019, or, better still, after the 2020 elections? As in, presenting the topic matter in 2021, 2022, and 2023?

“You don’t wait for an election year to introduce major Electoral Reforms: a year in which the EC has so much to do after an abysmal District Level (Assembly) Elections characterised by postponements after postponements, shortage of ballot papers, some Election officers complicity among others,” he went on to say.

He also requested that the EC alter Article 112 (4) of the 1992 constitution.

“This amendment of a non-entrenched clause requires two-thirds of MPs to pass, meanwhile the MPs themselves must be in their constituencies for some parts of this year campaigning, facilitating the registration of voters when the EC finally decides. Not to think of the duration of the process and other germane issues the EC must bring to the front burner,” he added.

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Akuf0-Addo appoints Ken Ofori-Atta as senior presidential advisor

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“I am pleased to inform you that the President of the Republic has appointed you as the Senior Presidential Advisor and Special Envoy for International Finance and Private Sector Investments. “I take this opportunity to congratulate you formally on your reassignment and wish you the very best in this new office,” she stated.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has nominated Ken Ofori-Atta, a former Minister of Finance, as Senior Presidential Advisor and Special Envoy for International Finance and Private Sector Investment.

Mr Ofori-Atta was removed from his duties as Finance Minister on Wednesday, February 14, and replaced by Mohammed Amin Adam.

Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, Chief of Staff, congratulated the former Finance Minister on his position and wished him well in a February 15 statement.

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“I am pleased to inform you that the President of the Republic has appointed you as the Senior Presidential Advisor and Special Envoy for International Finance and Private Sector Investments.

“I take this opportunity to congratulate you formally on your reassignment and wish you the very best in this new office,” she stated.

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Bawumia appoints famous economist Kwame Pianim to advise economic sub-committee

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The former Chair of the Finance Committee in Parliament was among those chosen to play major roles in the development of the NPP's 2024 manifesto, which was unveiled on Wednesday, February 21. In addition, former General Secretary Ing. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong has been named chair of the housing and infrastructure sub-committee.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has chosen renowned economist Kwame Pianim as an advisor to the economy cub committee of the NPP’s 2024 manifesto writing committee.

Dennis Miracles Aboagye, the campaign team’s communications director, signed the entire list of the 2024 Manifesto committee.

Dr. Bawumia directed the committee to actively involve all stakeholders in the development of the Manifesto.

Dr Mark Assibey-Yeboah, a former Member of Parliament for New Juaben South, has been named chair of the manifesto sub-committee on the economy.

The former Chair of the Finance Committee in Parliament was among those chosen to play major roles in the development of the NPP’s 2024 manifesto, which was unveiled on Wednesday, February 21.

In addition, former General Secretary Ing. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong has been named chair of the housing and infrastructure sub-committee.

Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has charged the whole manifesto committee.

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We’ll devise a strategy to keep us together – Osei-Owusu discusses leadership reshuffle

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He expressed his hope for the outgoing Majority Leader to have lasted till the finish, calling him as tremendously industrious.

The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Member of Parliament for Bekwai, Joseph Osei-Owusu, often known as ‘Joewise,’ has emphasized the necessity for the Majority caucus to address possible repercussions following the departure of the outgoing Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu.

In an interview with media in Parliament on Thursday, February 22, the MP for Bekwai said, “The caucus will regroup and determine where to go. I am certain that the caucus will address all of these repercussions, including the impact of our leader’s resignation.

“The process of selecting or electing a new leader, we will discuss all that. And if there are any implications or negative impacts on our caucus, we may decide and plan a route that will keep us together.”

He expressed his hope for the outgoing Majority Leader to have lasted till the finish, calling him tremendously industrious.

“He can sit from morning till morning if there’s work to be done. I am personally disappointed that Kyei decided to stand down; he has been a fantastic leader, and he is an extremely hardworking person. And I would have wished that he stayed on to the end.”

Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu resigned voluntarily with immediate effect on Wednesday, February 21, following a critical meeting of the majority group.

President Nana Akufo-Addo convened the meeting, which took place in Accra’s Jubilee House banquet hall.

The session, attended by the majority of the group’s members, was organised in response to rising tensions within the New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary group.

These conflicts erupted in response to reports of intentions to replace Kyei Mensah-Bonsu with Alexander Afenyo-Markin, which fueled internal strife.

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