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NDC has agreed to rejoin the Inter-Party Advisory Committee

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The Party had accused the Commission of neglecting to take decisions taken at IPAC meetings into account as part of its electoral reforms. The Chairman of the National Peace Council, Reverend Dr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, urged to the NDC to rejoin IPAC at the start of Thursday's meeting in Peduase. He stated that the Council had extensively engaged the EC and the NDC on the subject and hoped that the NDC will make a pronouncement before the conclusion of the meeting. In her remarks to the conference, Electoral Commission Chairperson Jean Mensa also called to the NDC to rejoin IPAC, indicating that the Commission was committed to welcome the Party in the cause of consolidating Ghana's democracy.

Following an intervention by the National Peace Council (NPC), the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has consented to rejoin the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC).

On Thursday, December 14, the party accepted the NPC’s plea during a session in Peduase, Eastern Region.

The purpose of the meeting was to assess institutional progress towards developing the necessary resilience for credible, transparent, and peaceful general elections in 2024.

The NDC has boycotted IPAC sessions since March 2020, after expressing dissatisfaction with the Electoral Commission’s (EC) position.

The Party had accused the Commission of neglecting to take decisions taken at IPAC meetings into account as part of its electoral reforms.

The Chairman of the National Peace Council, Reverend Dr Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, urged the NDC to rejoin IPAC at the start of Thursday’s meeting in Peduase.

He stated that the Council had extensively engaged the EC and the NDC on the subject and hoped that the NDC would make a pronouncement before the conclusion of the meeting.

In her remarks to the conference, Electoral Commission Chairperson Jean Mensa also called for the NDC to rejoin IPAC, indicating that the Commission was committed to welcoming the Party in the cause of consolidating Ghana’s democracy.

“We miss the fire of the NDC at IPAC meetings and we invite them,” Mrs Mensa said. 

In response to the appeal, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, National Chairman of the NDC, stated that the party was dedicated to assisting efforts to influence the country’s democratic and electoral processes, and so agreed to rejoin the IPAC.

He stated that the EC must ensure that IPAC returns to its “consensus building” approach to adopting electoral reforms before the party will participate in the next IPAC meeting.

“On behalf of the Party, we accept the appeal from the National Peace Council that we should consider returning to IPAC, but we want to return to IPAC and not any other forum. 

“The other side is for us to work to make sure that IPAC returns to its consensus building days…the issues that blocked our return should be dealt with before our next IPAC meeting,” Mr Nketia said. 

He was particularly concerned about the EC’s plans to make the Ghana Card the sole form of identification for the Commission’s envisaged continuous voter registration campaign.

The NDC claimed that the action had the potential to disenfranchise one million voters, a claim that the EC refuted.

“We will support it if everyone had the Ghana Card,” Mr Nketia said. 

Ms Kathleen Addy, Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), stated that the 2024 election is unusual in light of the West African Sub-region’s political instability.

“We are more vulnerable than before. We must work with each other and assure each other so that we can arrive at the elections and beyond the elections in peace,” she said. 

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None of my appointees will indulge in mining – Mahama

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Mr. Mahama pledged that if elected president, he will establish a sustainable mining scheme in all mining communities that differs from the current community mining scheme and will heavily involve traditional leadership in the granting of licences to help regulate mining activities. "It will vary in every way from the current community mining plan, which has indisputably become a conduit for enriching party chairmen, DCEs, and other politically connected persons. "Indeed, under my administration, if you are a minister, a DCE, or an official and engage in mining activities, I will request that you quit and go mining. You can either be a governmental official or a businessman running a mine.

John Dramani Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has stated that if elected president in December, he will not hesitate to order any of his officials involved in mining activities to quit.

According to the former President, his appointees would be obliged to focus on their primary mission of improving the country.

Speaking at the 3rd Annual Transformational Dialogue on Small-scale Mining at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in Sunyani, John Mahama stated that none of his appointees will participate in galamsey.

Mr Mahama pledged that if elected president, he would establish a sustainable mining scheme in all mining communities that differs from the current community mining scheme and will heavily involve traditional leadership in the granting of licences to help regulate mining activities.

“It will vary in every way from the current community mining plan, which has indisputably become a conduit for enriching party chairmen, DCEs, and other politically connected persons.

“Indeed, under my administration, if you are a minister, a DCE, or an official and engage in mining activities, I will request that you quit and go mining. You can either be a governmental official or a businessman running a mine.

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Sammy Gyamfi voices concern about the arrest of pro-NPP hoodlums in Okaikwei North

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According to Gyamfi, the suspects were caught while publicly smoking marijuana behind the District Court, near the voter registration centre. He further claimed that the same mob had earlier stormed the office of NDC MP Theresa Lardi Awuni, wounding numerous individuals. Mr. Gyamfi further alleged that the NDC had acquired intelligence indicating that senior New Patriotic Party (NPP) officials were seeking to secure the release of the accused. He stated that the NDC will closely follow the issue. "Sources from the Police Regional Command have hinted to us that some senior NPP officials are at the police station trying to secure bail for these hoodlums," said Mr. Gyamfi. As of now, the Police Service has not issued a comment about the event.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s National Communication Officer, Sammy Gyamfi, alleges that roughly 20 pro-government operatives who interrupted the ongoing restricted voter registration process have been detained.

In a May 16, 2024 post on X (previously Twitter), he stated that the Ghana Police Service’s Anti-armed Robbery Unit arrested the Okaikwei North constituency in the Greater Accra area.

He described the detained as “armed bandits” and stated that they had “live ammunition, cutlasses, and other weapons.”

According to Gyamfi, the suspects were caught while publicly smoking marijuana behind the District Court, near the voter registration centre.

He further claimed that the same mob had earlier stormed the office of NDC MP Theresa Lardi Awuni, wounding numerous individuals.

Mr Gyamfi further alleged that the NDC had acquired intelligence indicating that senior New Patriotic Party (NPP) officials were seeking to secure the release of the accused.

He stated that the NDC will closely follow the issue.

“Sources from the Police Regional Command have hinted to us that some senior NPP officials are at the police station trying to secure bail for these hoodlums,” said Mr Gyamfi. As of now, the Police Service has not issued a comment about the event.

Earlier this morning, about twenty (20) armed bandits belonging to the ruling NPP were arrested at the registration centre in the Okaikoi North Constituency by the anti-robbery unit of the Ghana Police Service.

Some of the items retrieved from these bandits included live… pic.twitter.com/VExEJhKlNX

— Sammy Gyamfi (@SammyGyamfi_) May 16, 2024

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Akufo-Addo submits petition to dismiss Special Prosecutor to CJ

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The impeachment procedure appears to be tied to Mr. Agyebeng's dramatic news appearance, in which he alleged that judges colluded against him. Mr. Amidu claims that these statements are abuse of judges and bring the judiciary into shame. This comes after allegations that Mr. Agyebeng rebuffed requests to quit, instead holding a news conference to convey his dissatisfaction with his position. Mr. Amidu further claims that the Special Prosecutor violated the rights of persons such as Cecilia Dapaah and Prof. Frimpong Boateng by arresting them.

President Akufo-Addo has filed a petition to Chief Justice Gertrude Torkornoo demanding the removal of the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng.

Former Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu petitioned President Akufo-Addo to remove Mr. Agyebeng from his office.

The petition, dated April 30, 2024, claims procurement violations in the purchase of cars for the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) and charges Mr Agyebeng with wrongdoing concerning judges and the administration of justice.

Mr Amidu’s petition alleges infringement of people’s rights through arrests and detentions, violations of the right to information, and unlawful nominations to the OSP.

The impeachment procedure appears to be tied to Mr. Agyebeng’s dramatic news appearance, in which he alleged that judges conspired against him.

Mr Amidu claims that these statements are an abuse of judges and bring the judiciary to shame.

This comes after allegations that Mr Agyebeng rebuffed requests to quit, instead holding a news conference to convey his dissatisfaction with his position.

Mr. Amidu further claims that the Special Prosecutor violated the rights of persons such as Cecilia Dapaah and Prof. Frimpong Boateng by arresting them.

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