Monthly Archives: December 2016

Losers must quickly concede defeat – Kofi Annan

Former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, has urged losers in Ghana’s elections to quickly concede defeat in order to reduce tension in the West African country. Mr. Annan in a post on his facebook page commended the Electoral Commission for conducting a “smooth election worthy of democratic tradition”. He however called on candidates and party supporters to remain calm until ...

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The voice of the people

Ghanaians went to the polls yesterday and it is clear that the vote was for change. The clearest evidence was the demeanor of NDC bigwigs at their press conference yesterday. I know that body language. I know the E.C. has not called it but it must, quickly. And when they do, President Mahama must thank Ghanaians, wish Nana Akufo-Addo well ...

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First US Somali lawmaker gets ‘Islamophobic threats’ in taxi

The first Somali-American lawmaker in the US has said she was subjected to “hateful” anti-Muslim threats from a taxi driver in Washington DC. Minnesota Representative-elect Ilhan Omar said the cabbie threatened to remove her hijab during a confrontation on Tuesday. The 34-year-old said the incident occurred just after she attended policy training at the White House. Ms Omar, a Democrat, ...

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Defeated Minister cries of over voting

The defeated parliamentary candidate for Obuasi West constituency Alexander John Ackon is complaining that there have been incidents of over voting in the constituency. The Ashanti regional Minister was defeated by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) Kwaku Agyeman Kwarteng. He bemoaned attempts by the leadership of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the region ...

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Akufo-Addo wins Jaman North

Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has emerged winner of the polls in the Jaman North Constituency of the Brong Ahafo Region. The elections in that constituency were postponed by 24 hours after political party agents – the National Democratic Congress’ in particular – raised concerns with the voter register. An emergency meeting between ...

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Akufo-Addo showed maturity in presser – Bawa-Mogtari

Deputy Minister of Transport Joyce Bawa-Mogtari has lauded the flag bearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, for exhibiting “maturity” by calling on his supporters to remain calm as they anxiously wait on the Electoral Commission (EC) to declare the final results of the December 7 election. Many agitated supporters of the NPP have put pressure on ...

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I got it wrong, I’m not God – Ben Ephson

Pollster Ben Ephson has admitted he got it wrong by predicting victory for President John Mahama and the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in this year’s elections. “You see, I take pride in the work I do and I thank Ghanaians for equaling my opinion polls to the word of God. I’m not God. If I’ve done five polls and ...

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How Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh lost his grip on power

The Darboe effect Perhaps Mr Jammeh’s biggest mistake was the detention of the main opposition leader, Usainou Darboe, of the United Democratic Party (UDP). For many years, Mr Darboe had been an albatross round Mr Jammeh’s neck – the biggest challenge to his presidency. Under Mr Darboe, the opposition tried and failed many times to have a united front. As ...

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Tsunami warning: Solomons 7.7 quake prompts alert

The 7.7 magnitude quake struck about 70km (43 miles) off Kirakira, according to the US Geological Survey. It said it occurred at about 17:40 GMT (04:40 Friday local time), with a 5.5 magnitude aftershock about 25 minutes later. Places were being evacuated, with people moving to higher ground. Users on social media said there were some blackouts in the capital, ...

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Exercise restraint, Police Administration urges public

The Police Administration has called on the public, political parties and party sympathisers to exercise maximum restraint as the Electoral Commission goes through the laid-down process of declaring the results. Addressing a press conference in Accra, Commissioner of Police (COP) Christian Tetteh Yohuno, the Director General of Operations, Ghana Police Service, said there seemed to be rising tension in the ...

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