The Sunyani High Court has given parties involved in the 2020 parliamentary election suit on the Banda Constituency in the Bono Region a 14-day ultimatum to file their witness statements.
The court, presided over by Justice Gabriel Mate-Teye, also scheduled Thursday, May 20, 2021 as the next sitting for case management.
The Parliamentary Candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in last year’s general election, Mr Joe Danquah, filed the suit challenging the declaration by the Electoral Commission (EC) of Mr Ahmed Ibrahim as having been duly elected as Member of Parliament for Banda.
He is, therefore, seeking an order of the court for the EC to re-collate the votes cast during the December 7, 2020 parliamentary election in the constituency.
The respondents in the suit are Mr Ahmed Ibrahim, Member of Parliament for Banda, as the first respondent, and the EC as the second respondent.
When the case was called last Friday, neither Mr Ibrahim nor the EC nor their representatives and counsels were in court.
The court, therefore, awarded a cost of GH¢1,500.00 each against the respondents and tasked the plaintiff to serve them with proceedings of what transpired on the day.
During its previous sitting, the court had to adjourn to last Friday because there was no evidence that the plaintiff had served (proof-of-service) Mr Ibrahim with the suit.
In the suit, Mr Danquah avers that the results he obtained from the collation sheets issued by the EC to his polling/collation agents graphically revealed that the declared results by the returning officer was wrong and inaccurate.
“The returning officer erroneously assembled the results from the various polling stations and publicly declared the first Respondent as the MP-elect of the Banda Constituency, which said error is a total breach of his core mandate as enshrined under Regulation 3 of C.I 127”, the suit stated.
He attributed his assertion to what he called “widespread electoral malpractices” that substantially and materially affected the entire results declared by the EC.
“The endorsement of the wrong figures by 2nd Respondent’s officer and subsequently gazetted on the 22nd day of December 2020 has impaired the integrity of the election and vitiated the results of same.
“The petitioner vehemently says that the Banda Parliamentary elections as declared and gazetted by the second respondent is not an accurate, true and fair representation of the outcome of the votes cast during the Banda Parliamentary Election conducted by the 2nd Respondent on December 7, 2020”.
Ace music producer, JMJ, has finally released his much anticipated tape for his 2nd Edition of “Riddim Of The GODS (ROG)” project today, Friday, April 23, 2021.
The tape, titled “The New Kings”, is exclusively available on Boomplay, Africa’s biggest streaming platform, for streaming and download for offline listening.
For the “The New Kings” tape, JMJ rallied 11 of the finest new generation Ghanaian emcees for the spotlight in a two-part HipHop experience for music lovers and fans of the ROG project.
The first part of ROG “New Kings” tape which dropped today features 6 emcees – Bryan The Mensah, Kofi Jamar, King Paluta, Keeny Ice, Boiisam and Lokal – showing varying rap styles and admirable skills over JMJ’s classic production.
Speaking to JMJ, he shared that, “I have always wanted the ROG project to contribute to the progress artistes are already making in their careers no matter the genre. So it excites me to throw my light behind these amazing new artistes for this ROG edition.
He adds, “For Boomplay’s resolve this year to focus more and promote upcoming acts and impact their fanbase generation, it was only right to put the tape exclusively on Africa’s no.1 audio and video streaming platform. Boomplay will expose the New Kings to its over 60 million users in the core market (Ghana and Africa) of the artistes.”
The 2nd part of the ROG New Kings tape is scheduled to drop on Friday, April 30th, 2021 and will have 5 emcees: Amerado, Lyrical Joe, Cedi Rap, Phrimpong and AY Poyoo.
The National Youth Organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Lawyer Henry Nana Boakye (Nana B), has commended the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Samuel Abu Jinapor, MP, for what he describes as a “swift, bold and decisive move” to fight the galamsey menace that has caused serious pollution to the lands and river bodies in the country.
Right after he was sworn into office, Hon. Abu Jinapor put his boots on the grounds with his sleeves rolled up purposely to solve the most life-threatening problem facing the country currently. The young Minister appears to have a lion’s heart as he has backed his thought talks with bold actions, including the suspension of all prospecting and reconnaissance currently ongoing.
Nana B has thus pledged to rally the youth of the NPP to support him to deliver tangible results that will have a far-reaching impact on lives and livelihoods.
“My confidence in the competence of Hon. Abu Jinapor has surged up significantly. At the outset, he has demonstrated that he has what it takes to function well in his new role. The youth of the NPP are very proud of his exploits and we will offer him our support, through and through” Nana B has said.
The NPP Youth Leader has called upon political actors from both sides of the political divide, Traditional Leaders and Ghanaians to support the young and energetic Minister to perform, adding that “the fight against galamsey is a shared responsibility and all hands must be on deck”.
The National Youth Organizer for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Henry Nana Boakye has challenged the largest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to quit participating in any general election if they have declined the invitation of the Electoral Commission (EC) to review the 2020 general elections.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) says the “current leadership of the Electoral Commission (EC), lacks the integrity, credibility, and impartiality” to spearhead any review process of the 2020 General Elections.
This is so because, the NDC claims, the EC “supervised the manipulation” of last year’s polls in favour of the ruling New Patriotic Party, hence, cannot “lead any discussions on the very elections they rigged”.
But according to Nana B, as affectionately called, the opposition NDC rather did not prepare internally well for the 2020 general election and cannot blame the Electoral Commission for their defeat.
He added that the opposition NDC could not go to the Supreme Court with evidence to buttress their case simply because they knew they had no case except to continue to deceive their supporters to maintain them in position in the next election.
He reiterated that the National Executives of the NDC did not manage the 2020 general elections very well; urging the party members to hold their leaders accountable for their defeat in the elections.
He, however, challenged the opposition NDC to tell Ghanaians that they are no longer going to participate in any general election in the country to show their seriousness about fighting the current Commissioners of the Electoral Commission.
“The best way is for the NDC to tell Ghanaians that they are no longer going to participate in any general election in the country because whether they like it or not, Jean Mensa is still the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) and those other two deputies, Dr. Bossman Asare and Samuel Tettey are still at post,” he said.
He maintained that so long as the constitution mandates the Commissioners to manage and organize elections in the country, the same Commissioners will remain at post; thus, it will be best for the NDC to write back to the Electoral Commission recusing themselves from any election in the country organized by the same Commissioners.
Ghanaian dancehall musician Shatta Wale drops yet another sizzling record tagged ‘Rich Life’. It features Disastrous and happens to be a follow-up tune to ‘More Loving’ which was released a few hours ago.The song was produced by Ridwan. Stream and enjoy it below.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Mpraeso constituency in the Eastern Region, Mr. Davis Opoku Ansah, has urged the government to fix the deplorable Adawso-Amanfrom road.
Mr. Opoku Ansah argued that given the output of the onion farmers in the surrounding communities, repairing the road, which links their farms to major markets, will help to significantly reduce the need to import onions from other countries.
He also believes it will boost employment within the Mpraeso constituency.
“I want to plead with the father of the nation, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to help us with the construction of the Adawso-Amanfrom road to help our farmers and also aid in curbing the importation of onion into our country.”
“Our farmers here produce the best and highest-quality onions but due to the nature of the road, their activities and farm produce do not get to the markets on time for sale. I know the President is a listening president and I plead with him and our honourable Roads Minister to construct this road for my people and Ghanaians at large.”
The Mpraeso lawmaker made the plea as part of his community engagements today, Friday, April 23, 2021.
The community engagement is to afford him the opportunity to account for his stewardship as the MP in his first 100 days in office and also to receive feedback from his constituents.
He also used the opportunity to inspect some projects he has initiated in the constituency and explain government policies to his constituents.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has released his list of Deputy Ministers to serve in his second term.
Reports from Presidency, last year, indicated the list of persons to serve as Ministers and Deputy Ministers in the President’s second term may not exceed 85.
Already, forty-nine (49) persons have been nominated and awaiting vetting and approval by the Appointments Committee of Parliament.
Making submissions on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ programme, Dr. Asah Asante, a Senior Political Science lecturer, charged the Deputy Ministers-designate to efficiently execute their mandate to advance the vision of the President.
He advised them to be selfless and focus on their mission at the various Ministries.
“They should work hard. If they don’t perform better, it will affect the re-election of the party . . . this is a time for hard work . . . when we’re doing a government job, we must have the spirit of sacrifice,” he said.