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Jan 19, 2018
The Greater Accra regional chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Ade Coker has described day one of the vetting within the region as successful. According to the chairman, they expect that day two would be equally better. Over 70 aspirants were vetted across all the constituencies within the Greater Accra region. Mr. Ade Coker revealed that so far 5 candidates have been disqualified from contesting in the primaries. The reason for their disqualification were because, they went as independent candidate in the last elections, an action the party frowns upon by their constitutional rules. The chairman of the party revealed that any candidate who went as independent in the last election forfeits his or her membership as a card bearing member and before you are able to stand for any elections, you are required to register as a member of the party again. He indicated that all parliamentary aspirants must meet the requirements in the 1992 constitution, then after they must  meet the requirements of the party which are, a member in good standing in the last four years, a registered member and whether you have never been a member of another party. Leeford Nii Kpako Quarshie (Klottey Korle Constituency) Tony Afenyo (Ashaiman Constituency), Michael Kwetey Tetteh (Ningo Prampra), Isaac Awuku (Dome Abra Obom) and Opolu William Kwesi Ahamadzi (Amasama) are the candidates disqualified so far. Mr. Ade Coker stated further that, the disqualified candidates have the opportunity in running in the next elections after they have gone through due process of re-admission. The chairman of the party mentioned that disqualification meant that you failed to meet the clause or rule in the constitution but that should not allow the affected candidates to think that all hope was lost. He said the Greater Accra region were excited and happy about proceeding so far because the candidates have disciplined themselves throughout the exercise, which he said is an indication of how peaceful and democratic the NDC party is. The party according to him have admonished the candidates to engage in a healthy campaign, because the party would be monitoring the activities of all the aspirants. Mr. Coker was sure that the party would come out successful after the primaries in November.    
Jan 19, 2018
The Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has said, come 2016 he would be declared as the next President of the Republic of Ghana. Speaking with party supporters on his ‘Rise and Build’ tour in Kumasi, the Presidential hopeful admonished party supporters to make sure that he is able to become the next President of Ghana, with an 80% of the popular vote just like they did for former President Kuffour, in the year 2000 who scored a 72% and 79.5% of the votes in the first and second round respectively. Nana Addo said that an 80% vote for him, means victory for the party come 2016. He said that when the NPP wins the elections, they would offer Ghanaians a new economy that would enable the private sector to thrive. ‘’We are going to create the conditions for private enterprise to flourish in Ghana and build our nation, we can do it’’. Ghanaians according to him are suffering under the Mahama led administration, with unemployment, bad management of the economy, poor management within the agric sector and poor living conditions in the country. Nana Addo indicated that the NPP would change the prospect of the country to create better opportunities for all. ‘’We are going to build a new economy, the old economy cannot fit us for the 21st century, we are going to build a new economy that would solve our problems’’, to bring stability in our economy. Nana Addo admonished the parliamentary candidates to lead the campaign towards uniting the rank and file of the party towards victory 2016. The NPP party needs cooperation to enable us win the 2016 elections massively, Nana Addo stated.    
Jan 19, 2018
Former Executive Director of the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO) Kweku Mortey Akpadzi is likely to be disqualified from contesting the parliamentary primaries of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) after a petition accused him of economic sabotage.   The Ho West parliamentary aspirant, Kweku Akpadzi is expected to face a vetting panel this Friday after a petition was filed against him.   The former EOCO Boss is being accused for misappropriating state funds and still using state vehicles several months after his retirement.   The petition was filed by anti-corruption crusader and tax expert, Mr. Cudjoe Akpabey who for several occasions have petitioned various state institutions cover alleged financial malpractices by state officials.   In an earlier petition addressed to the Presidency, Mr. Cudjoe Akpabey requested for the disqualification of the Ho West Constituency who have involved himself in an alleged financial malpractice.   Mr. Cudjoe Akpabey was this morning hosted by Kwame Tutu, host of the breakfast show on Rainbow Radio 87.5fm. Speaking with Kwame Tutu, he expressed his worries over the failure on the part of government to address the issue he has constantly petitioned it on.   The Chief of Staff, Hon. Julius Debrah who was listening to the show in his office invited the anti-corruption crusader to his office so he could inform him on his investigations.   After the meeting, the Chief of Staff congratulated Mr. Cudjoe Akpabey for his bold step taking in investigating the malfeasance.     Mr. Akpabey had also petitioned the NDC to disqualify the former EOCO boss, below is the petition addressed to the General Secretary of the NDC                                         I wish to submit a petition for the suspension of Mr. Kweku Mortey Akpadzi, former Executive Director EOCO (Economic and Organised Crime Office) who's vetting is scheduled for Friday, the 9th of October 2015 at Ho. While in office, Mr. Kweku Mortey Akpadzi was involved in the following malpractices; 1.Opened an "illegal"Operations Account with Bank of Ghana 2. Misappropriating GHc 190,000.00 out of the GHc 200,000.00 released to support the office to investigate the Ghana School Feeding Program. 3. Unable to account for GHc 200,000.00 released to finance research and investigations into the activities ofDics(Destination Inspection Companies)Importers and Clearing agents 4. Using official residence and official vehicles illegally whilst on retirement since May 15th, 2015. He has kept the following vehicles in his custody and using them for his private business. The vehicles are 1. Land cruiser#UE 1008-09 II. Toyota Camry#GW 3060-09 III. Toyota HILUX#UE1012-09 He also has in his custody the keys to the official residence of EOCO. Attached is a copy of the petition submitted to the President of the Republic. Thank you for your co-operation Yours faithfully, Gilbert C. Akpabey      
Jan 19, 2018
The spokesperson for the psychiatric nurses who embarked on a strike action to demand for the salaries which were in arrears has said that, the nurses have suspended their strike action but not called it off as its been suggested. Fredrick Asare- Donkor revealed that the decision to call off the strike action was to demonstrate that they cared for their patients. ‘’The main reason why we have suspended our strike is because of our patients’’. He said that nobody imposed it on them to suspend their strike because whiles their other colleagues were on strike, they were still going to the various wards to monitor the situation. Asare –Donkor revealed that the patients to nurse ratio was not encouraging and aside that the nurses are constantly attacked by patients. ‘’We get attacked day in day out, I have been hurt thrice in the line of duty’’ he said. He revealed that currently their salary has hit the hospital’s coffers and any moment from now they could go for it. The spokesperson for the psychiatric nurses indicated that suspending their strike is to also give authorities the ample time to sort things out. He insisted that, ‘’we have only suspended and not call it off’’.          
Jan 19, 2018
The Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG) led by its chair, Hon. Alhaji Mohammed Doku on behalf of Ghana, has finally signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Accra. The MOU between NALAG of Ghana and the Municipal League of Arkansas, is aimed at gaining economic benefits from each party. It is also expected to bring about economic development among sister cities in both nations. NALAG chairman, Hon. Doku indicated that the MOU signed between the two countries would allow them to tap into the experience and progress chalked in both countries. He stated that all the district assemblies within the country (Ghana) agreed to sign the MOU with Arkansas so we to enable them partner towards developmental projects and programmes. He explained that the world is now connecting faster than it was in the past and therefore it would be important that countries with similar interest in areas of economy and development join hands and work together. He revealed that the Municipal League in Arkansas consist of District Chief Executives just like in Ghana and therefore working together would be of enormous benefit. On his part, the president of the Municipal League of Arkansas, USA, Hon. Orville Ricky Elumbaugh stated that is a delight for Arkansas to sign this MOU. He stated that they are in Ghana the work with the community, build trust establish a working relationship that would benefit both countries. He said the most important thing is to build trust among the countries ''so that they can be possibilities of money put on the table'' for the intended partnership. According to Hon. Elumbaugh, one of the largest manufacturers of rice based in the USA are in talks with Ghana to see the possibility of a working relationship between the two countries because of the quality of rice we have, this he said would create job opportunities for Ghana and the USA. He encouraged Ghanaians to build the can-do spirit and believe in themselves. He admitted although Ghana may not be at pal with the USA in terms of development, they (USA) started from somewhere and are still having issues of national development.  
Jan 19, 2018
The coordinator for the Association of Unpaid Nurses, Jefferson Danquah has stated that the decision to suspend their strike action is not ‘’because they trust government’’ but because of the assurance given to them by their mother organization to suspend their strike as government takes steps to address their issue. He said the Ghana registered nurses and mid-wives association has given them a positive assurance that they would pressure government to fulfil his promise by paying all outstanding arrears by the close of this month. Jefferson Danquah stated further that they have their patients at heart and therefore it was very prudent for them to call off the strike action. He said ‘’we are not suspending the strike because we trust government, we are suspending the strike because we have our clients at our mind and we love them, we want to cater for them. We don’t want to stay on strike, that is not our motive, we wanted to tell the general public that, government is owing us, government is cheating us, government doesn’t want to pay us’’. The Association of the Unpaid Nurses embarked on a nationwide strike action after what they described as the failure on the part of government to pay outstanding arrears spanning between 6-22 months.  
Jan 19, 2018
The coordinator for the Association of Unpaid Nurses, Jefferson Danquah has stated that the decision to suspend their strike action is not ‘’because they trust government’’ but because of the assurance given to them by their mother organization to suspend their strike as government takes steps to address their issue. He said the Ghana registered nurses and mid-wives association has given them a positive assurance that they would pressure government to fulfil his promise by paying all outstanding arrears by the close of this month. Jefferson Danquah stated further that they have their patients at heart and therefore it was very prudent for them to call off the strike action. He said ‘’we are not suspending the strike because we trust government, we are suspending the strike because we have our clients at our mind and we love them, we want to cater for them. We don’t want to stay on strike, that is not our motive, we wanted to tell the general public that, government is owing us, government is cheating us, government doesn’t want to pay us’’. The Association of the Unpaid Nurses embarked on a nationwide strike action after what they described as the failure on the part of government to pay outstanding arrears spanning between 6-22 months.  
Jan 19, 2018
President Mahama has said that anyone who has a problem with the current national voter register must follow due process in addressing their concern. He indicated that Ghana’s voter register is relatively young and has been used to conduct only one successful elections and therefore if anyone has any challenge with the register, follow due process. The president was interacting with students of the Bordon University in France, president Mahama said, the electoral commission is an independent body which takes decisions based on consultation with all stakeholders. He stated further that the electoral commissioners has a security of office and when they are appointed, they cannot be removed by the president or their work be influenced by any party. He continued that he as a president ‘’I am not supposed to interfere in the work of the electoral commission, I have no right to interfere in that electoral list. Ghana has an independent electoral commissioner that is independent and does not consult the president’’ if she needs to do anything. President Mahama stated that the electoral commission called on all the political parties who are members of inter-party committee to present their proposal on the voter register after calls were placed by some parties over the need for the compilation of a new voter register. He said that the voter register ‘’is a relatively young register because we used it for only one election and it was a register that was biometrically compiled and as we’ve done in the past’’ when there is a problem with the register all the stakeholders involved agrees to clean the register but ‘’one party says they want it scrapped completely and a new one compiled. There have to look at whether they have a case and that is why they have presented their view but they have not only presented their view, they’ve been holding demonstrations and so on and so forth’’. President Mahama explained that the final decision  to compile or not to compile a new register is for the electoral commission to do.  
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