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Rainbow Radio - Items filtered by date: Monday, 02 July 2018
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the appointment of Mr. Martin Amidu, as Ghana’s first Special Prosecutor, will deny persons, who will be investigated and prosecuted for engaging in acts of corruption, the often-cited refrain of witch-hunting. According to President Akufo-Addo, “we have a particular problem in Ghana which is that, every time a prosecution is mounted against a high ranking official, you hear the cry witch-hunting. It has become a way of protest for senior political figures.” As a result, the President explained that “we have now had to devise particular responses and mechanisms (to the cry of witch-hunting). We have established an Office of Special Prosecutor. The Special Prosecutor is a permanent official who is independent of the Executive, who will hold all officials, past and present, accountable for their stewardship.” President Akufo-Addo made this known on Sunday, 1st July, 2018, when he made an intervention at the plenary session of the 31st African Union Summit, which is being held on the theme “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable path to Africa’s Transformation”, in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Reiterating the commitment of his government to ensuring that “equality before the law means exactly just that, equality before the law”, President Akufo-Addo was unequivocal that regardless of one’s status in society, “when we get into problems of wrongdoing, we should face the consequences”. Describing the Ghana’s first Special Prosecutor, Mr. Martin Amidu, as having “a high reputation on his stance on corruption and (being) a figure of integrity”, the President noted that Mr Amidu was a former Attorney General in the government of the 3rd President of the 4th Republic, the late John Evans Atta-Mills. “If he (Martin Amidu) then puts you in his gaze for an act of wrongdoing, that charge of witch-hunting will no longer be available. We believe that, that is a very important step, which will make sure that the principle of equality before the law is made meaningful. “
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The retired state attorney who was alleged to have benefited from a $5,000 bribe from Anas Aremeyaw Anas in 2009 has threatened to sue Kennedy Agyapong, Assin Central MP if he fails to retract and apologise for making the allegation. Ellen Kwakukume is demanding a public retraction and an apology from the Member of Parliament for Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong and Salis Newspaper for deliberately distorting audiovisual images to tarnish her reputation. Read her letter below: Re: Alleged Acts of Corruption Leveled Against The Person of Ellen C. Kwakukume by Kennedy Agyapong and Salis Newspaper Limited. Demand for Retraction and Apology My attention has been drawn to the following acts and comments made by you Mr. Kennedy Agyapong and The Salis Newspaper: - Upload and circulation of videos on social media and public airing of said videos at KenCity, Madina on the 28th of June 2018 containing Anas Aremeyaw Anas and me. - As a prelude to the airing of the video mentioned above and in some further video interviews you granted various media outlets before the airing, you Kennedy Agyapong said that the video shows a public prosecutor, who is deceased, demanding and collecting a bribe from Anas Aremeyaw Anas. You further went on to say that in view of the $5,000 bribe, you alleged I received, I failed to attend court sittings and generally failed to pursue the suit, resulting in the case being dismissed on the 13th of October 2013. Who watches the watchman: Anas exposed? - Captioning and superimposing a voice narrative on the video that seeks to create the impression I was demanding a bribe and conspiring to tamper with the court process. In the said video I saw portions of a pretrial meeting I had with Anas Aremeyaw Anas sometime in the year 2009 pertaining to the case: The Republic vs. 1. Mohammed Hafix Abdullah 2.Mubarak Seidu 3. Prince Kinston Kwame (at large). I want to provide you with a bit of background information on this case since your investigations were too shoddy even to ascertain if I was alive or not. The said case was assigned to me on or about the 2nd of October 2009 in the course of my work as a prosecuting attorney in the service of the Attorney General’s Department. After a perusal of the docket, I asked for further investigations and after that took the case to court on or about the 11th day of May 2010. The case was presided over by Justice Quist. Three dates were given for a day to day hearings, the 12th, 13th and 14th of May 2010. The complainant failed to turn up in court on all days. It was alleged that the accused persons had threatened him with juju if he shows up in court. Whatever his reason for not showing up, it fueled agitations by the accused persons to be discharged since the complainant had failed to turn up for the start of the case. Who Watches the Watchman : Be the judge - Ken Agyapong to Ghanaians To save the case I decided to call Anas Aremeyaw Anas to give his evidence since it was his investigation which led to the arrest in the first place and this information could help our case. When it got to the tendering of the video he made in the course of his investigation, the counsels for the accused persons raised objections. Arguments were taken by the court on the 23rd of June 2010, 12th of July 2010, 29th of July 2010, 26th of August 2010 and the court set the 10th of September 2010 for a ruling to be given. The court failed to give its ruling on the 10th of September, and the case was adjourned to the 27th of September 2010. The case was subsequently adjourned to these days by the presiding judge, without tangible reasons: 8/10/2010, 18/10/2010, 28/10/2010, 30/11/2010, 18/1/2011, 1/2/2011, 14/2/2011, 21/2/2011, 7/4/2011, 4/5/2011, 18/5/2011, 31/5/2011, 28/6/2011 and 14/7/2011. All without the judge giving his ruling. In all, the prosecution attended court over 20 times on this case. I had finished my case and was waiting for a ruling from Justice Quist. Maybe the delays were the initial basis for Anas to investigate the judicial system later on. In the interim, I attained the age of 60. I applied to proceed on retirement and handed over the case to another attorney around the end of July 2011 as directed. The 14th of July 2011 was the last date I attended court on this case. I retired at the end of July 2011, over two clear years before your alleged date of the dismissal of the case on 11th of October 2013. My reply to your allegations of corruption are these: Does this factual narrative of what transpired show I did not want to prosecute the case? Your video to back your claims against me has been edited from a recording of a pretrial meeting that spanned several hours. Furthermore, the narrative and opinions added seek to paint a picture of wrongdoing. In one such narrative, you captioned a scene: “tell me the amount transferred to me” however anyone listening with a clear mind will hear what I actually said. Which was: “tell me the amount transferred to him.” I urge all to take a careful relisten and download copies of the original video. Despite your criminal attempts to doctor the narrative, you botched that part. I thank my God. I have never had a dollar account. I challenge you to provide proof of that account and even entreat any bank that has my dollar account to provide you with that information. The allegation that I failed to attend court sittings leading to the dismissal of the case against the accused persons is very false. I retired over two clear years before the said 11th October 2013 that you alleged the case was dismissed because of my failure to attend court to prosecute the case. My observation is that you deliberately took bits and pieces of the recording out of context to create a very erroneous impression aimed at furthering your campaign against Anas, bolstered by the wrong impression that I was dead and cannot put up a defense. I demand a public retraction of your allegations and an apology within seven days from the date of this demand. You are entreated to put in as much effort to clear my name as you did in tarnishing my reputation. Ellen C. Kwawukume _________ 1st July 2018
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The former Member of Parliament for Zebilla in the Upper East Region and senior lawyer, Mr John Ndebugre has reacted to a publication on social media attributed to him with his picture expressing an opinion on the removal of the chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Charlotte Osei. In a disclaimer published on Facebook on Monday, the senior lawyer said:"I have not spoken publicly neither have I written on the matter since it arose and I hereby warn cowards who lack the courage to espouse their own views to desist from using my name for their purposes." "This disclaimer is not to be taken to mean that I agree or disagree with the measures in issue," he added. Below is copy of the disclaimer Mr John Ndebugre published on Facebook My attention has been drawn to a write up circulating in social media and purporting to constitute my reaction to or view on current issues pertaining to the Electoral Commission of Ghana. The write up is falsely attributed to me. I have not spoken publicly neither have I written on the matter since it arose and I hereby warn cowards who lack the courage to espouse their own views to desist from using my name for their purposes. This disclaimer is not to be taken to mean that I agree or disagree with the measures in issue. Good morning to all my Facebook friends. SourceGraphicOnline
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A private legal practitioner, lawyer Ralph Agyapong says the dismissed electoral commissioners, Mrs Charlotte Osei, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwaa should have been arrested for prosecution if Ghana is a serious country. He told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm indicated that the recommendations by the committee that led to the dismissal of the commissioners have criminal issues in them. He has therefore challenged the appropriate security institutions to take up the matter and deal with those culpable. He believes there were statutory breaches and the president had no option than to dismiss the commissioners as directed by the committee that presided over the issue. He also disagreed with lawyer Ndebugre who has described the removal of Charlotte Osei as travesty of justice on grounds that, the judges who presided over the matter were judges of strong integrity and credibility and could not be influenced or compromised in any shape or form. He said there were procurement breaches and the monies involved are of tax payers hence we could have swept the issues under the carpet. According to the report, Mrs Charlotte Osei, breached procurement laws in the award of several contracts, prior to the 2016 elections. Excerpts of the 54-page report said: "In November 2017, the Honourable Chief Justice of Ghana established a prima facie case on some of the allegations made against the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission as contained in the petition submitted to His Excellency, the President of the Republic." "In all, the Chief Justice made prima facie case against the Chairperson on six of the allegations contained in the said petition." "The procurement activities include the engagement of Sory@Law and Associates for the Commission, the award of several contracts to STL, the two contracts for the partitioning and consultancy service of the new office block, the three contracts awarded for the construction of pre-fabricated district offices of the Commission and consultancy services thereof; the two contracts awarded to Dreamoval Ltd, and finally the two contracts awarded to Quazar Limited from South Africa. Evidence before the committee showed that all these contracts were awarded by Mrs. Charlotte Osei contrary to the Public Procurement Act” the report noted. “On this point we disagree with Mrs. Charlotte Osei because we are convinced that procurement forms an important part of the core business of the Electoral Commission. Indeed, without procuring relevant goods and services, the Electoral Commission will find it difficult, if not impossible, to independently conduct free and fair elections in the country. In fact, procurement is so important to the Electoral Commission, that was why no less a person than the Chairperson is made the head of entity of the Commission.”
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The Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has expressed government’s appreciation for the contributions and sacrifices of the aged in Ghana’s development agenda over the years. According to Vice President Bawumia, the nation’s aged are a “valuable human resource” whose contribution to national development cannot be over-emphasised. Vice President Bawumia, has therefore pledged government’s commitment to implement policies and programmes geared towards the comfort and well being of those who have served the nation all their lives and are now retired. “Let me express the profound gratitude of President Akufo-Addo and all Ghanaians to you for the dedicated and persevering service you have rendered to this country. Yes, some of us may be slow, some of us may have our challenges, but we believe that there is still a lot more capabilities in you. I urge you to continue sharing your experience and wisdom to building a good society for the future. You are still our valuable human resource.” Vice President Bawumia indicated that Government, through interventions such as the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme, which provides direct monetary transfer grants to some 259,853 aged persons who are 65 years and above in extreme poor households; activation of over 500,000 NHIS cards for persons aged 70 years and older; and the soon-to-be-introduced Freedom Pass for aged persons to assist them gain priority access to social services such as transport and health that they may require are examples of such programmes, with more in the offing. Vice President Bawumia affirmed government’s commitment when he addressed this year’s Senior Citizens’ Day Luncheon in Accra on Sunday 1st July, 2018. The date is also celebrated in commemoration of the day Ghana gained Republican status, in 1960. “Our cherished and veteran senior citizens, I know that at this stage of your lives you are more desirous to see the progress of a country that you have and continue to help build. Government recognizes this and I will want to assure you on behalf of the President that we will do all we can to make Ghana a better resting place for the aged and retirees,” Vice President Bawumia stated. Vice President Bawumia called on the nation’s senior citizens to help in orienting the minds of the younger generation towards preserving Ghana’s peace and security. Such an orientation, he stated, would also help in the push for holistic national development and wellbeing, and reaffirm Ghana’s role as a pacesetter in the Africa. “We would rely on you to help in the orientation of the entire nation, particularly the young ones to the realization that we are a nation with a common destiny, and therefore the interest of the nation should override any other interest because if we fail as a country, we fail together and if we succeed, we do so together. “On this important day in our history I wish to urge all Ghanaians to put their political, ethnic and religious differences aside and help build the country and make it a force to reckon with on the African continent. We should be seen to be indivisible even in our differences.”
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Widow of the late Member of Parliament for for Abuakwa North, Joseph Boakye Danquah murder-Ivy Heward-Mills how the husband was murdered in cold blod by some ‘’disgusting ogres’’ In a Facebook post, the widow said the husband would have turned 53 if he was still alive. In the post, Ivy Heward-Mills said the late husband knew some individuals wanted to murder him but he was not aware they could carry out their plan. She also refuted claims of killing the husband as speculated and questioned why he will kill the husband and deprive the children of their fatherly love. To the killers of her late husband she said, ‘’ They have taken a life they did not create and they will pay dearly for what they have done. Today, I tell them that they had no right to do what they did. God will not spare them. NEVER! Some day soon, their cups shall fill up and run over and that day, the world will see them for who they truly are. Let them rest assured that their days are numbered. Happy birthday, Kofi. I promise you that God will punish them for using you and killing you. They will try all they can but their efforts to derail the train to their exposure will continue to fail. Their insults and accusations of the pivot turning the process will not work. Oooh I promise them that their days are numbered. Read below her full post Today, July 2, the man I married would have turned 53 if those filthy disgusting ogres had not made a decision to have his life terminated. He knew they were after him but he must have thought they wouldn’t carry out their evil intentions. Yet, they killed him in cold blood without a shred of empathy for a good man who has been nothing but generous to their cause and without an iota of humanity towards my poor children. And these sons of the devil decided, as though to add insult to my injury, to accuse me of his murder. Why would I murder him and fall victim to the typical African inlaws? Why would I murder him and deprive my children of their father? Why would I murder him when I have access to the law courts? Could I not have divorced him and walked away smiling to the bank? They forget that I’m not stupid and they forget that they’re judging me by their own standards. Because they’re capable of murder and they DO indeed murder, they think I am like them. Today, I remind them that GOD DOES NOT SLEEP. I remind them that every day and every night, I pray over their evil heads. Every time their children call them Daddy and they respond, they bring a curse upon themselves and their descendants because they have deprived my children of their father. They have taken a life they did not create and they will pay dearly for what they have done. Today, I tell them that they had no right to do what they did. God will not spare them. NEVER! Some day soon, their cups shall fill up and run over and that day, the world will see them for who they truly are. Let them rest assured that their days are numbered. Happy birthday, Kofi. I promise you that God will punish them for using you and killing you. They will try all they can but their efforts to derail the train to their exposure will continue to fail. Their insults and accusations of the pivot turning the process will not work. Oooh I promise them that their days are numbered. May the fire of the Holy Spirit engrave the words MURDERER on their foreheads so that beyond the exhibition of their idiocy, we shall all see them for who they truly are- MURDERERS. May they never enjoy a full night’s sleep. May they continue to humiliate themselves and show the world what fiber they’re made of.
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Former President John Dramani Mahama has signed the book of condolence opened in honour of late immediate past vice president, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur. He was accompanied by his wife and former first lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama. The late Amissah-Arthur was appointed by former president Mahama after he was sworn-in as president following the sudden demise of late Prof. John Evans Atta-Mills. Mr. Amissah-Arthur is reported to have collapsed at the Air Force Gym early Friday and was rushed to the 37 Military Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Profile of Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur: Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, born April 29, 1951, was an economist, academic and politician who was the fifth Vice-President of Ghana, in office from August 6, 2012, until January 7, 2017, under President John Dramani Mahama. Previously he was Governor of the Bank of Ghana from 2009 to 2012. He was sworn in as Vice-President on August 6, 2012, following vetting by the Parliament of Ghana. He was nominated by President John Dramani Mahama to be the vice-president a week after Mahama himself was sworn in. This followed the sudden death of John Atta Mills on July 24, 2012. Economics and consultancy: Amissah-Arthur was a research assistant at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research between 1974 and 1975. He later joined the Economics Department as a teaching assistant from 1977 to 1978, going on to become an assistant lecturer in 1979. He lectured at the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana between 1980 and 1988. He had also been a lecturer at the Department of Economics, Anambra State College of Education, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria (August 1981 – July 1983). He went into politics until 1997. He worked as a consultant for the World Bank in The Gambia. He also served as a consultant for the Netherlands' government education project in Ghana. He then worked as Senior Economist for the Sigma One Corporation in Ghana between 1998 and 2000. Between 2001 and 2002, he was on assignment for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Politics: From 1983 to 1986, Amissah-Arthur served as a special assistant to the Secretary of Finance and Economic Planning, Kwesi Botchwey, in the Provisional National Defense Council government. Subsequently, he was Deputy Secretary for Finance in the PNDC government from February 1986 to March 1993. From April 1993, he continued as the Deputy Minister for Finance in the Rawlings government after the establishment of a constitutional rule until March 1997. Amissah-Arthur was appointed as Governor of the Bank of Ghana in October 2009 by President John Evans Atta Mills. He held this position until August 6, 2012, when he became Vice-President of Ghana following the death of Atta Mills. Personal life: Amissah-Arthur is married to Matilda Amissah-Arthur with two children. He is a Christian and is known to worship at the Calvary Methodist Church at Adabraka in Accra.
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A member of the commissioners at the E;lectoral Commission (EC), Mrs. Pauline Adobea Dadzawa has attacked the integrity of Mrs Charlotte Osei describing her as a ‘’morally corrupt’’ woman. In an explosive tape attributed to her, the commissioner who among other claims alleged that, Mrs Osei wanted to rig the 2016 polls, is a flirt who had numerous boyfriends who were in power during the era of former President John Dramani Mahama. The commissioner who has been working for the commission since 2004 and has intermittently been part of the ECOWAS team, as well as that of Commonwealth observation missions in several countries in Africa such as Guinea Bissau, Togo, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Mali alleged that, the dismissed commissioner was dating former finance minister, Kwabena Duffour. ‘’As for her boyfriends, they are many. The former minister of finance Kwabena Duffour has been dating her for more than ten years. That is also another story. She [Mrs Osei] is morally corrupt,’’ she alleged. She also described Mrs Osei as selfish and due to her character, four of the commissioners who were against her wanted her out of office at all cost. One of the issues that led to the plot to get her out was the introduction of the new logo which she noted was not an agreed position. ‘’The four of us wanted her out at all cost. We wanted her out because she breached the procurement process. She thinks we are stupid but she will leave before me. She has to leave before me.’’ The audio recording, which was secretly recorded by a Joy FM journalist, captures one of the female commissioners, claiming that the National Democratic Congress, prior to the 2016 election, gave Kwakye Ofosu $12 million to be given to the EC as a "thank you gift" but part of the money was diverted. The commissioner who confessed four out of the commissioners including Amadu Sulley, Goergina Opoku Amankwaa and herself wanted Charlotte Osei removed from office because she was selfish.
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An electoral commissioner, Madam Paulina Adobea Dadzawa has described former President John Dramani as unwise man. The commissioner in a leaked tape said she is looking forward to meet the former president and tell in the face that, appointing a deputy commissioner, Hajia Sa-Adatu Maida was an unwise decision. The commissioner made claims that, the commissioner [Mrs Osei] wanted the race to go to a run-off although the NPP had won because she wanted former President John Dramani Mahama to win. She indicated in the tape that, it would not have been a problem if Mahama won because Mahama was her personal friend but Nana Addo won the results could not have changed in anyone’s favour. She further alleged that Mrs Osei called for a recount but she [Paulina] resisted. According to her, if there is anybody she respects in this country it would be former President Kufour for appointing her as a commissioner but former President John Dramani Mahama was unwise by appointing Mrs Charlotte Osei because of allegiance to the umbrella family. She was also emphatically, one of Mrs Osei’s allies one Hajia is an incompetent person whose father was a regional chairman for the NDC but was appointed her commissioner. The commissioner she noted was using her because she was incompetent and lacked knowledge on electoral issues. ‘’John Dramani Mahama hasn’t been wise at all and I am waiting for the opportunity to tell him all these things, she indicated. The audio recording, which was secretly recorded by a Joy FM journalist, captures one of the female commissioners, , claiming that the National Democratic Congress, prior to the 2016 election, gave Kwakye Ofosu $12 million to be given to the EC as a "thank you gift" but part of the money was diverted. The commissioner who confessed four out of the commissioners including Amadu Sulley, Goergina Opoku Amankwaa and herself wanted Charlotte Osei removed from office because she was selfish. Hajia Maida was a Senior Project Consultant at the West African Network for Peace Building (WANEP) in Tamale. At WANEP, Paulina Adobea Dadzawa managed the Ghana Alert Project and as part of a team that reviewed indicators for the implementation of early warning database for the use of various NGOs and Civil Society Organizations. As a member of the Electoral Commission of Ghana since 2004, she has intermittently been part of the ECOWAS team, as well as that of Commonwealth observation missions in several countries in Africa such as Guinea Bissau, Togo, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Mali
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President Nana Akufo-Addo has rallied for support to appoint neutral and competent persons to fill the vacancies at the Electoral Commission (EC) following the removal of Mrs Charlotte Osei and her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwaa. According to the president, we need competent, firm, transparent individuals who will work in the interest of Ghana and not a political including the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). The decision to remove the three commissioners he explained was not based on hatred or malice but based on the recommendations by the Chief Justice’s committee that investigated the petition. Speaking publicly on the matter for the first time on Saturday, 30th June, 2018, at a townhall meeting with Ghanaians resident in Nouakchott, Mauritania, ahead of the conduct of the 31st AU Summit, President Akufo-Addo explained that he is duty bound to uphold the teachings of the Constitution. According to the President, whenever a petition for the removal of a high-ranking public official, like the Electoral Commissioner, is forwarded to the President, all the President has to do, as is stipulated in the Constitution, is to refer the petition to Chief Justice, for her to decide if there is a prima facie case or not. Once a prima facie case is established, the Chief Justice, in accordance with Article 146(4) of the Constitution, must establish a Committee to investigate the complaints. The Committee, in turn will make its recommendations to the Chief Justice, who shall, then, forward it to the President. The Committee, the President noted, was composed of a Supreme Court Judge, two High Court judges, and two persons, who are neither lawyers nor Members of Parliament, and who were appointed by the Chief Justice on the advice of the Council of State. “They (Committee) have been working over the last 6 months, and recommended that the Chairperson of the EC, Mrs Charlotte Osei, and her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwah, be removed from office on the grounds of stated misbehaviour and incompetence,” the President said. He continued, “Article 146(9) of the Constitution demands that I act on the recommendations of the committee. I have no power to disagree with the recommendations of the Committee, the Constitution does not give me that power. That is why I have removed the Chairperson of the EC and the two deputies.” Reiterating his commitment to build a country governed by the rule of law, the President indicated that the laws governing our country must not be a respecter of persons. “I, as President, am bound to respect the laws of our land. If I go against the laws of the country, I will be dealt with. Likewise, if you also go against the laws of the country, you must be dealt with. It is sad (the removal of the three EC Chairs), but this is how it must be,” he added. President Akufo-Addo stressed that the process that led to the removal of Charlotte Osei and her two deputies “was not borne out of hate, or a deliberate orchestration to remove some persons from their jobs.” The petitioners, he added, are workers of the Electoral Commission and not faceless persons, as some would want Ghanaians to believe. The President also recounted the publicly documented spat between the 3 former EC chairpersons. In the search for replacements, the President stated that “we are not looking for persons who are coming to do a job for the NDC or for the NPP. We are looking for persons who are coming to do a job for Ghana. That is what we are looking for, for the Electoral Commission”.
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