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Don’t disenfranchise eligible voters – Rawlings to EC

Jerry-John-Rawlings

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has called on the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) to ensure that no eligible voter is disenfranchised in the upcoming polls. According to him, “The sanctity of the right of choice is not a matter we can compromise with. That sanctity must be preserved at all cost and as we inch towards November let us ensure that ...

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Rawlings urges protection for EC

Former President Jerry John Rawlings

Ex-President Jerry John Rawlings has called for support and protection of the Jean Mensa-led Electoral Commission (EC). Delivering a speech on Thursday, June, to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the June 4, 1979 Revolution, Mr Rawlings stated that “the Electoral Commission which is the fulcrum of our multiparty democracy must be supported and protected by all stakeholders; to ensure a ...

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EC undermining Ghana’s democracy – Federation of Labour

EC Chair, Mrs Jean Mensa

The Ghana Federation of Labour (GFL) has accused the Jean Mensa-led Electoral Commission (EC) of undermining Ghana’s democracy by setting out conditions they say will make it impossible for the vast majority of Ghanaians to register to vote in the general election in December. In a press statement signed by its President, Caleb Nartey and General Secretary, Abraham Koomson, the GFL ...

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New voters’ register: Cards would be given instantly – EC

Mrs Jean Mensa

Eligible persons who turn up for the forthcoming voter registration scheduled to commence at the end of next month would receive their cards instantly, the Electoral Commission (EC) has announced. The instant delivery of voter identification cards is a novelty many Ghanaians would relish, considering the avoidance of the stress of waiting for the document. There is a catch to ...

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Election 2020: Don’t touch any journalist – GJA president to political parties, police

Mr Roland Affail Monney

President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mr. Roland Affail Monney, has strongly admonished political parties to demonstrably restrain their followers from touching any journalist before, during, and after the 2020 general elections.He also called on the security agencies to spare journalists any brutalities and rather work with them collaboratively.Speaking to Ghanaweb at Aburi on the sidelines of an Editors’ ...

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Ruling party wins Burundi presidential election

The authorities in Burundi say the ruling party’s candidate has been elected as the new president. The electoral commission said Evariste Ndayishimiye won almost 70% of the vote in last week’s poll. The retired general will take over from President Pierre Nkurunziza, who has led Burundi since 2005. The former leader is widely expected to maintain a lot of influence. ...

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Impoverished Burundi, battered by violence and coronavirus, gears up for elections

Burundi will have its first competitive presidential election since the civil war erupted in 1993, but simmering political violence and fears that campaign rallies could accelerate the spread of the coronavirus have already marred the campaign. President Pierre Nkurunziza is stepping down, although he intends to remain a prominent force in the impoverished East African nation. He nominated Evariste Ndayishimiye, ...

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Uganda leader hints at delaying polls over virus fears

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has said it would be “madness” to hold general elections while still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. He told the Ugandan broadcaster NBS that if the pandemic was not brought under control by July, then plans to hold the elections in early 2021 would have to be reviewed. There are 122 confirmed cases of coronavirus in ...

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2020 elections: Wars made ‘rich’, ‘powerful’ people nobodies, ‘so, mind your words’ – Duncan-Williams

Archbishop Duncan Williams

Very rich and powerful people in Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Liberia were rendered worthless and their wealth made useless by the wars that broke out in those countries in the past, so, Ghanaians must be careful about what they say concerning the 2020 general elections since their words can be a blessing or a curse for the entire country, ...

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Top African elections to watch and predictions for 2020

It is hard to imagine a quiet year for African election monitors, with Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire and Sudan offering soap operas, full of post-civil war storylines, unknown successors and internal regional conflict. Guinea, which is not covered in this article, will have to overcome tensions on the ground to get to election day without any protests. Here are the top ...

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