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Dr. Daniel Mckorley, Chief Executive officer (CEO) of McDan Shipping Company, has won the ‘CEO of the Year Award’. This was at the second edition of the Ghana Shippers Awards, jointly organize by Globe Productions, the Transport Ministry, the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) and Graphic Communications Group, in Accra. Mr. McDonald Vasnanie, CEO of Conship, was adjudged the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ with the ‘Promising Entrepreneur’ award going to Isaac Amoako-Mensah. Mrs. Della Russel Ocloo, a journalist with the Graphic Communications Group took the prize for the ‘Reporter of the Year’. Over 40 shipping companies including Consolidated Shipping Agencies Limited, Sea and Shore services Ghana Limited, Transglobal Logistics Limited, Benmarine Services Limited and Swissport Ghana Limited received prizes. Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Minister of Transport, applauded the initiative to recognize excellence in the shipping industry. The awards would serve as motivation to everybody – to up their game and improve the quality of client service. He underlined the government’s unswerving determination to create the right conditions and support local and private enterprises to succeed. This was vital to its drive towards job and wealth creation to put the nation beyond aid. Mr. Asiamah said the paperless system at the ports was meant to bring about efficiency and facilitate business operations at the ports. He encouraged the companies to continue to stick with best practices to expand and lead the nation’s socio-economic growth. Ms. Benonita Bismarck, the CEO of GSA, said the award was to recognize individuals and companies that played significant roles in the growth and development of the industry. It was also to acknowledge the key functions within the industry which promoted growth and sustainability. She announced that there was an 18 percent increase in demurrage payment in the first quarter of the year. That came to US$15.4 million dollars. Source: The New Crusading Guide

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Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo Addo has revealed that his decision to accept the 2012 Supreme Court verdict on the landmark election petition was for the sake of peace and stability. He indicated that, the interest of the nation was paramount and so he his supporters accepted the disputed verdict to avert any turmoil in the country. ‘’In 2012 as you may recall, Ghana was on the misiege as a result of the Supreme Court Ruling of 5-4 rejecting the opposition challenge of the presidential election results. As a leader of the opposition I decided that the peace, that the interest of peace and stability requires that my supporters and I accepted the disputed verdict to prevent any possible turmoil,’’ he said. Nana Addo was speaking to a gathering at the Heritage Conference as part of his European Tour in the Netherlands. The presidential candidate has therefore admonished the International community to intervene in Ghana’s current debate over the call for a new voters’ register to avert any violence in the future. ‘’The hope is that the global community takes notice and urge its change before the elections, rather than looking back at the 2016 elections shaking their heads saying how did this happen? We are telling you exactly how it’s going to happen, all the pieces are in place for a rigged elections,’’ he stated. Nana Akufo-Addo explained that some election related violence has tear some African nations apart and therefore Ghana should not join that fray of such countries. ‘’As Africans we’ve witnessed election related violence tear countries apart, we know what we risk should this problem not be addressed,’’ he stressed.
Flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party has said Ghana’s democracy is currently under serious threat because of the current fraudulent voters’ register. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who was addressing a gathering at the Heritage Conference in Netherlands explained that, the voter register we have today is bloated and therefore cannot be used to conduct a credible election. He said, Ghana will experience a crooked election if we fail to compile a new credible register. Ghana’s democracy is under threat, with “our fraudulent voter register” constituting the biggest issue facing the country’s young democracy, he stated. The voters’ register is bloated, as it contains millions of extra names, adding that “it is estimated that upwards of 10% of the registered voters are bogus. It is packed with ineligible underage voters, and foreign and fake identities.” According to the flagbearer the situation is unacceptable, for a country where a margin of 40,000 votes can determine who wins an election. “This is a real problem, the kind that cannot be brushed under the carpet,” he stressed. Nana Addo revealed further that the 2012 compilation and biometric process was flawed, with over 13 million Ghanaians captured on the register which the EC promised Ghanaians that they will clean the register but unfortunately the number shot up to 14 million. Additionally, with Ghana’s median age being 20 years and 8 months, and with over 2 million of population being foreigners, it is shocking that the country has over 55% of the population registered to vote, explaining that “this is by far the highest in the whole of Africa and its young population,” Nana explained. The flagbearer told  the audience, that he has presented evidence of tens of thousands of cross-border registration of non-nationals on the register to the EC, and with its case further strengthened by three of the big five political parties, who have also called for a new register. “Our two living former heads of state, religious leaders, Imams, Christian Council, Catholic Bishop Conference, etc, also want a changed register,” he added. He continued, “Ghana has worked incredibly hard to preserve her democratic character, one administration shouldn't be allowed to undermine it. The hope is that the global community takes notice and urges change before the election. Rather than looking back at the 2016 election, shaking their heads saying ‘how did this happen’?  We're telling you exactly how it's going to happen. All the pieces are in place for a crooked election.” The gathering was attended by former senior White House officials, US ambassadors, CEOs of major corporations, and Steve Forbes of Forbes publications, Nana Addo concluded by stressing that “as Africans, we have witnessed election-related violence tear countries apart. We know what we risk should the government refuse to address these problems.”
Political Scientist and Senior Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr. Richard Amoako Baah says although the Electoral Commission has the final decision on the debate for the compilation for a new register, their decision should be ‘’right’’ to prevent trouble. Speaking in an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem, the political scientist said, In the end the EC has to make a final decision on this matter, but their decision must not be a wrong one otherwise it will not augur well for us as a nation, and it will foment trouble, by saying wrong decision what I mean is that, the evidence presented by Dr. Bawumia is overwhelming and clear for the EC to compile a new register and any attempt to resist compiling a new register will undermine the democracy of our country, he said. Dr. Baah indicated that the NPP’s evidence presented to the EC cannot be swept under the carpet because the existence of foreigners and minors in the register cast doubt on the credibility of the current register and to resolve the issue, the best will be to compile a new register. He could not understand why the NDC still remains adamant with their position on the register, and resisting all attempts to get a new register compiled. Dr. Amoako Baah stressed, auditing the register will not be the best option because it may not resolve the challenge we face. He advised the Electoral Commission to consider the interest of Ghana first in coming up with their final decision.  
Founder and Presiding Bishop of the Perez Chapel, Bishop Charles Agyin-Asare has said the position of the NPP and NDC on the voters’ register is not what matters to him because the position of the Electoral Commission is what matters most. ‘’NDC, NPP they don’t manage our elections and either of them, if they are in opposition have what they say and when they are in power have what they say and so for me what they are saying is not what matters to me but what the Electoral Commission is saying is what for me is very important,’’ he said. Bishop Agyin Asare explained that Ghana needs to look into the call for the compilation of a new register very well since it will be expensive to do but was quick to add that it could be done if we go into it very well. ‘’There is so much about the voters’ register, I don’t want it to be looked at with political lenses, In Ghana we have a way of interpreting everything politically, I think that we should we should go into it very well and think through it. For me it is a very expensive exercise however am not saying that it shouldn’t be done but we should weigh the options,’’ he explained. Bishop Charles Agyin Asare believes strongly that, it will be important for the EC to be given the opportunity to come out with their position before we think of anything else.
According to the deputy chief scribe of the NDC, the former presidents, JJ Rawlings and John A. Kuffour and other institutions including the Catholic Bishops Conference would bow their heads in shame because of their statements they made over the voters’ register. It would be recalled that the two former leaders called for a more credible register ahead of 2016 elections when the LMVCA paid a courtesy call on them to add their voice to the call for a new voter register.  Koku Anyidoho explained to Kwame Tutu host of the breakfast show on rainbow radio that the statements by the two former presidents, some religious leaders was unfortunate and by the time the NDC argues their case on the 29th October, 2015, all these leaders will be badly ashamed and will have nowhere to hide their embarrassment. ‘’We NDC are afraid of nothing, we are waiting for the EC and come  29 and 30 and we will put out our case and Ghanaians will understand why the NPP have no case, but my fear is that all these people you have mentioned that they are commenting on the register, they will be badly embarrassed and will not know where they will hide their embarrassment, he said.. The deputy chief scribe of the NDC could not understand why the NPP continues to move around petitioning leaders and institutions for their comments on the register when they have already petitioned the Electoral Commission. Koku Anyidoho accused the NPP of taking an entrenched position on the discussion surrounding the voters’ register. He reiterated that the presidential candidate of the NPP will loose the 2016 elections because ‘’Nana is shrinking’’ the numbers of the party because of his tribal agenda and surrounding ‘’himself with ''tribal bigots.’’ According to him Nana Addo is consistently loosing in their strongholds because Ghanaians are fed with their tribal politics. We have not said our position is non-negotiable, it is the NPP that has taken an entrenched position.   NPP cannot hold the nation to ransom Koku Anyidoho warned the NPP and the presidential candidate to resend their decision of any violent attacks in 2016 because the law will deal with them including Nana Addo himself since he is not above the law. You cannot hold the entire nation to ransom because of your ill motives and selfish interest. ‘’If they make a mistake, the law will deal with them drastically including Nana Addo himself, he is nobody, he is an ordinary Ghanaian like you and I, he cannot hold the nation to ransom.’’ You claim to be Let My vote Count and EC is saying let me hear the voices of other people and you do not want to understand, he quizzed. As far as am concerned he [Nana Ado] will never be president of Ghana, because he is a bad leader and a bad choice for the positon of president in this country.
Deputy General Secretary for ruling National Democratic Congress, Koku Anyidoho has described as shameful and disgraceful statements made by the former deputy Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Ocquaye at the IEA forum held yesterday over the call for the compilation of a new voters’ register. The former legislator in the forum said that, the EC lacks the credibility of auditing the voters’ register, he also called on Interpool to intervene in the on-going debate for the compilation of a new register. According to Prof. Mike Ocquaye, the existence of foreigners in Ghana’s register which he described as bloated needed to be interrogated by Iinterpool because of the ‘’criminality’’ involved. However, speaking in an interview with Kwame Tutu, host of the breakfast show on rainbow radio, Koku Anyidoho lambasted the former legislator for his ‘’ridiculous, and shameful statements.'' ‘’Today a whole Prof. Mike Ocquaye is making these shameful and disgraceful statements, a senior like himself, Prof. Mike must be ashamed of himself. Interpool should stop chasing international drug barons, Interpol should stop chasing International pedophile rings, Interpol should stop chasing International criminal gangs and come and concentrate on Ghana’s register, he must be ashamed of himself. If it was his son saying that, we would have understood that it is junior ajasco but he [Prof. Ocquaye] a senior ajasco to make these ridiculous statements is unfortunate. A senior Professor who have taught at the University Of Ghana for so many years should not have made these statements.’’ Koku Anyidoho explained further that Interpool cannot neglect their duties because of Ghana’s register, ‘’is he not ashamed to make these statements, he should bow his head in shame,’’ he added.    
A political science lecturer at the University of Ghana and a senior researcher with IEA, Dr. Ransford Gyanpoh has questioned the allegations by the New Patriotic Party over the credibility of the register. In his opinion, the allegations should be thoroughly investigated by the Electoral Commission. ‘’How reliable and how truthful are these allegations coming from a party seeking to capture political power, In Ghana the history of our 4th Republic shows that any time political parties are seeking  to amass power , all manner of things, and so shouldn’t these allegations first be thoroughly investigated by the EC,’’ he quizzed. Dr. Gyanpoh raised concerns over the limitations by the NPP, in the Volta region with their alleged foreigners in the voters’ register. ‘’Why have the allegation of foreign voters be limited to only areas close to the NDC strongholds particularly Togo?, where are the other compelling border town evidence?,’’ he questioned. The senior research fellow and lecturer indicated that, Ghana compiled its voters’ register before Togo did theirs and therefore there could be a possibility that some Ghanaians who doubles as citizens of Togo, registered in Togo and not the other way around as been alleged by the NPP. Commenting on the existence of voters who used the National Insurance Card to register, he advised that such people should be made to register again because the fact that they used the ID to register does not make them non-Ghanaians. He also refuted claims that the Supreme Court in 2012 ruled that the register was flawed because of the existence of voters through the National Insurance Card. He admonished stakeholders with any superior technology to assist the EC to delete those alleged voters. Dr. Ransford Gyanpoh disagreed with the suggestions that the compilation of a new register is the only way forward, he insisted that, the call for the new register is not the only thing that ensures credibility of the elections. ‘’As a nation the other issue we must ask is, do we have the resources to conduct a new voters’ register and must we only focus on the register to the neglect of the countless proposals for electoral reforms that have been submitted to the Electoral Commission by the Electoral Reforms Committee that are yet to be attended to? Again must we always call for a new voters’ register in every election year, let us remember in 1996 we had one, in 2008 we had one, in 2012 we had one and now we are looking for another one. Is that all that matters? Must the Electoral Commission again tender to entrench to demands that sacrifice its independence,’’ he asked further. Dr. Gyanpoh accused the political parties for busing what has become the so-called foreigners and minors in the register. He asked: ‘’who undermined the credibility of the voters register, is it  not the political parties themselves who bused aliens and minors to the registration centres and when they were challenged, they protested, Will a call for a new voter register suddenly make the political parties be repentant of their corrupt practices that blows the register, If you call for a new voters’ register today, does it mean the NPP will not buss people there?’’  
The presidential candidate for the New Patriotic Party says the NPP as a party never taught the ruling government could make things go bad in managing the economy. Nana Akufo-Addo was delivering a speech at the Heritage Foundation, a leading Think Tank in Washington, on Tuesday, October 20. “Even we in opposition did not think our rivals could make things get this bad. What is frustrating for the Ghanaian people is that we believe it is all, in essence, avoidable. We believe we have what it takes to make Ghana work again. So my task is not to deepen the gloom but to give both Ghanaians and the investor community a reason to hope. That, yes, the story today may be bad but change is coming,” he said.  The presidential candidate was alarmed at how bad things have gone with so much incompetence, corruption and mismanagement on the part of the Mahama led administration, he made reference to an article captured in the Bloomberg which described Ghana’s success story as going dark. According to Nana Addo Ghanaians are yearning for a change, a change that is stern from the economic hardship and difficulties Ghanaians are going through. He said: ‘’ the reasons informing the clarion call for change in Ghana, Akufo-Addo said, stem from the mismanagement of Ghana’s economy, rising cost of living, rising cost of doing business in Ghana, rising levels of unemployment, as well as rampant and widespread cases of corruption, amongst others, under the government of John Mahama’’. He added: ‘’with Ghanaians yearning for a change in their circumstances, after being plagued by economic hardships and rampant corruption over the last 7 years, coupled with President Mahama desperately looking for a second term in office, though his NDC government would have spent 8 years in office by 2016, “the stakes are certainly high’’. Nana Addo indicated that, the NDC had failed after they took over from the NPP, destroying the very foundation of the great achievements of former president Kuffour. ‘’Ghana’s public debt, he said, has shot up 1,000% in less than 7 years the NDC has been in office, with the country spending GH¢9.5 billion to service interest payments on loans alone, a figure representing Ghana’s entire debt stock in 2009, when President Kufuor and the NPP left office’’. Additionally, Nana Akufo-Addo noted that, over the last 3 years, social and economic lives of the people have been heavily disrupted by ‘dumsor’, the cost of which has been estimated to be $2.2 million a day, equivalent to 7% of Ghana’s GDP, according to calculations made by Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER). “Corruption is perceived to be at an all-time high. Investor confidence is low. Unemployment is worsening as businesses are folding; cost of borrowing is at 35%; inflation keeps rising, at 17.5% last month; cost of living is high; our cedi has been one of the world’s worst performing currencies over the last couple of years. Depreciation and our inability to pay our bills forced Ghana, oil rich Ghana, to apply for an IMF bailout last year. This has put a 10% cap in wage increases, way below the rate of inflation, making people poorer, and a cap on public sector hiring as well,” Nana Addo explained. ‘
The Editor-In-Chief of the Informer Newspaper, Andy Kankam has described as scandalous the position of the two former presidents on the call for a new voters’ register. He could not understand why the two Former Presidents, JJ Rawlings and John A. Kuffuor called for a credible register when they are aware of the constitutional provision on this matter. He said: ‘’I have a problem, am scandalized that they seem not to respect the very constitution that gave them power to rule.’’ Andy Kankam criticised the two former presidents for pronouncing that the EC should compile a new voters’ register, he described the situation as unfortunate, an abuse of the constitutional provision in Article 46 which guarantees the independence of the Electoral Commission. ‘’So we should just change the register because someone says you should change it, what if tomorrow another party calls for the change of the register, what do we do,’’ he quizzed. According to him, the Electoral Commission has given all the political parties and other stakeholders the opportunity  to discuss the issue on 29th October, so why then should the Let My Vote Count hold their demonstration, why should they petitioned the two former leaders? Because they called Let My Vote Count, we should do their bidding, why don't they want to listen to others? Andy Kamkam also expressed disappointment in some groups and the clergy for their pronouncement on the register ahead of their engagement with the EC. In his opinion Ghanaians should wait patiently till the Electoral Commission deals with issue and stop interfering in their work. In an interview with the host of the breakfast show on rainbow radio, the Editor-In-Chief of the Informer Newspaper lashed the Institute of Economic Affairs for stampeding the work of the Electoral Commission with their stakeholder forum of the voters’ register.
Presidential Candidate for the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo has called on the international community to intervene in the current on-going debate for a new voter register and the elections in general because he suspect rigging. He believes that if that is not done it will foment troubles for the country in 2016 and the sub-region as a whole. Nana Addo believes that Ghana has struggled so hard to preserve its democracy and any under no circumstance should it be undermined.  “Ghana has worked incredibly hard to preserve a democratic character. One administrations shouldn’t be allowed to undermine it. And a times, this requires putting the interest of the country above partisan interest. “The hope is that the global community takes notice and urges change before the elections rather than looking back at the 2016 elections; shaking their heads and asking ‘how did this happen’; we are telling you exactly how it’s going to happen .” Nana Addo made these statements in an address to a gathering in Amsterdam as part of his European tour. Nana Addo alleged that, all plans and pieces have been orchestrated to rig the elections and therefore efforts must be applied to resist the attempt of rigging the elections.  “All the pieces are in place for a rigged elections. As Africans, we have witnessed election related violence tear countries apart, we know what we risk should this problems not be resolved”. The New Patriotic Party together with pressure group, Let My vote count Alliance have called on the EC to compile a new register ahead of the 2016 elections. The NPP and the LMVCA believes that the current voters’ register is not credible and above all its bloated and for a credible, transparent election, it should be changed. The two former presidents, JJ Rawlings and John Agyekum Kuffour have also called for a credible register ahead of the general elections. Meanwhile the Electoral Commission will be holding a stakeholder forum to her with the political parties, civil society groups and other interested parties to discuss whether to compile or not compile a new register.  
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