Professor Edmund Nminyem Delle, the National Chairman of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), says the party’s newly launched biometric membership Identification Cards, will help solve the party’s single digit votes syndrome at polling stations during national elections.
He said quite often than not, the number of registered party members the CPP have, does not show up to vote during national elections, thereby making the party record single digits at some polling stations.
Professor Delle said this at the official launch and registration of CPP biometric membership ID cards on Friday at the party Headquarters, in Accra.
He said the launch of the membership biometric cards was the first of many steps the CPP was taking to revive the party formed by Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to its glorious status.
He said even though the CPP was behind on the list of political parties to undergo the biometric membership card registration process, the idea was the first on the party priority list discussed at its National Congress held in 2017.
While making a rallying call to party members to register, Professor Delle said the biometric cards would not only ensure the membership status of registered members, but would also ensure that members are powered to contest for party positions at the branch, constituency, regional and national levels.
He expressed appreciation to the national executives’ committee for taking the decision to expedite action on the registration exercise and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for their financial support.
The cards are in categories of Platinum, which would cost GH¢1,000 and above, the Diamond GH¢750, Gold GH¢500, Silver GH¢300, Bronze GH¢200 and the Ordinary GH¢5 and above.
Zimbabwe’s first presidential and parliamentary elections since the end of former strongman Robert Mugabe’s long rule will take place in July, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Saturday.
The polls will be the first major test of the new leader, who took power in November after a de facto military coup forced the 94-year-old Mugabe to resign.
They will also be the first without Mugabe’s name on the ballot since independence from Britain in 1980.
“As a nation, party and government, we are looking forward to very peaceful, transparent and harmonised elections in July this year,” Mnangagwa told reporters after a meeting with South Africans President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday night.
Mnangagwa, 75, said the elections would be free of the violence that gripped previous polls and which was one of the reasons for strained relations between Zimbabwe and the West.
“I have already invited all political parties in Zimbabwe to a roundtable where we all commit ourselves to non-violence,” he added.
Mnanaggwa will have to announce a date in an official notice. He has said he would invite Western observers, who had been banned under Mugabe’s rule.
The state-owned weekly Sunday Mail said a European Union pre-election team was expected in Harare on Monday.
The EU head of mission in Zimbabwe, Phillipe Van Damme, told the paper it would meet the president, political party leaders, and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.
Mugabe, in his first comments since he stepped down, said last week that Mnangagwa’s rule was “illegitimate” and a “disgrace”.
Former President Jerry John Rawlings has indicated that although there men with integrity within the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), majority of party leaders are without integrity.
The former leader who was addressing party supporters and cadres at the Arts Centre in Accra said some media propagandists sponsored by individuals within the party deliberately twist the truth in what he says to court disaffection for him.
He said, “When people in NDC and NPP are equally angry about the appointment of Martin Amidu, what should it tell you? Martin should have been used by us (NDC) but no, we checked him in, when he is an embodiment of what we stand for.”
According to him, he had witnessed a lot of negative actions during the Kufuor, Mills and Mahama periods, noting that, if such negative actions against him come from the NPP he would not have been surprised but coming from his own people was difficult to take.
He said “just as we have many psychiatrically challenged personalities holding bibles with many followers, so do we have in politics too. And if we don’t recognize them quickly and find a way of pushing them out then we are destined for failure.”
Controversial musician, Barimah Sydney, says his long hibernation from the music scene was for a good purpose.
The musician who recently released three single bangers said, as a musician, you do not have to rush in releasing songs but rather need to take your time and release good songs for your fans.
The ‘Our Money’ hitmaker said he knows his absence from the scene has been a while but he was up to other important ventures including assisting Liberia's current President with his campaign.
Sydney is currently promoting his three latest singles namely: ‘Kpeeeh’ which was produced by Gigzbeat, followed by ‘Gwara Gwara’, a song for fans who love to dance and lastly drop ‘MpinaTwi Y3d3’ produced by Kin Dee.
The chairman of the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO), Rex Omar, has stressed that non-members are not entitled to royalties.
The renowned highlife musician said, GHAMRO is the only lawful entity established to collect royalties when music is played and performed. GHAMRO also licenses and collects royalties when music is reproduced.
He was reacting to concerns by some musicians that they have not benefitted from GHAMRO.
One of such musicians is M.anifest, who recently took a swipe at GHAMRO.
The VGMA Best rapper of the year 2017 revealed this on Focus on Africa on BBC Africa when he was hosted by Veronique Edwards to talk about his musical influences and latest projects on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.
“Shouts to Ghamro I know you people are working but please work hard so I can get my royalties. I haven’t received a single penny from you guys” he said
Rex Omar reacted by saying the musician was not a member and could not benefit from royalties.
According to the rapper, even though he has not registered with the South African Music Right Organisation (SAMRO) and UK’s Performing Rights Society (PRS), he gets royalties from them.
“I am not a member of samro or prs but s.a. and u.k. royalties have been flowing. Thanks for understanding. You’re a legend BTW. Much respect,” he wrote.
But Rex Omar emphasized that non-members are not entitled to benefit.
GHAMRO established under Copyright Act 690 of 2005 and regulated by Legislative Instrument 1962 of 2010, is the only organization mandated by the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice to license, collect and distribute royalties on behalf of music right holders in Ghana.
Hiplife artiste Barima Sidney has said he decided to campaign for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in 2016 because of his campaign message and policies.
He told GH Entertainment Show host, Prince Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr. Handsome that, Nana Addo had a message, he campaigned on strong and sound policies and that was why I campaigned for him.
In his view, former President John Dramani Mahama, had no message and that was why he lost the elections.
According to him, Ghanaian voters vote for people based on their sound policies and when you do not have one, people will vote against you, he stressed.
When asked if his expectations are been met under the current administration, he answered in the affirmative and added, ‘’if things start going bad, you will hear from me. I supported Nana Addo because of his policies and not because of the New Patriotic Party.
He described himself as a politician who uses music to express his political opinions.
He said, ‘’I am not one of those who sit on radio to communicate but I do mine through music. When I want to express an opinion on a political issue, I will do so through my music,’’ he added.
Barima Sidney has been off the music since his last release in 2016. Throughout 2017, he was in Liberia where he was campaigning for the then presidential candidate, George Weah, ahead of Liberia’s election. He was instrumental in George Weah’s campaign.
When asked about his long absence, the controversial musician said, ‘’I know I have been in hibernation for a long time but I have been up other things. As a musician, you just don’t release songs but you have to take your time and release good tracks for them to enjoy. Ghanaians are the ones to decide whether your song is good or not.’’
Movie producer, Nana Mensah, has suggested that the Ghanaian movie industry has collapsed.
Speaking to Prince Kwesi Dadzie aka Mr. Handsome, on GH Entertainment on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said piracy, complacency and favoritism has collapsed the industry.
He bemoaned that piracy was affecting the businesses of those involved in the movie industry, calling for immediate intervention to curb the practice.
He explained that modern technology was hampering the efforts of movie makers to combat piracy. He also took his gun on marketers who he noted choose and pick the kind of movie they want to market.
He was worried that some marketers prefer the faces of known actors and actresses’ because in their opinion, the movie would sell when such characters are in the movie.
However, the CEO of Phens Multimedia said, we need to invest in fresh talents and give them the opportunity to explore their creativity.
He was also boastful his production firm would be the only entity to revive the collapse industry.
He was in the studios to promote his latest movie, ‘Pastor Blinks’.
The Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panyin, has expressed outrage at the decision by some residents in the area to place an injunction on the inauguration of the Abuakwa North district which was one of the 38 newly created districts.
The traditional ruler described the action as an affront to the traditional council.
“How dare you put an injunction on a government policy to make Akyem Kukurantumi the capital of Abuakwa North Municipal Assembly without petitioning the chiefs of the land? This action is a gross disrespect to the traditional council,” he angrily said.
He said: “Okyeman will deal with the plaintiffs, what they have done is a disgrace, the inauguration took place across the country except Kukurantumi,” stressing that the action of the plaintiffs was “share display of arrogance.”
The Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, has expressed similar outrage on Friday after the inauguration ceremony was suspended due to the injunction.
According to him, the action by the plaintiffs did not disgrace the president but the plaintiffs who initiated the action
Two residents of Akyem Old Tafo – Adjei Boateng and Addo Sarpong secured the injunction from a Koforidua High Court on the inaugural exercise over the siting of Akyem Kukurantumi as the Municipal Capital.
The plaintiffs through their Solicitor- Godwin Kudzo Tamaklo ESQ of Ayine and Felli Legal Consultancy firm in Accra are praying the court to direct the Government of Ghana to make Akyem New Tafo the Municipal capital of Abuakwa North Municipal Assembly with immediate effect.
They contend that Akyem Tafo is more qualified to be the Municipal capital than Kukurantumi considering the strategic governance infrastructure such as Electoral Commission office, the District Police headquarters, Ghana Water Company Ltd, Electricity Company of Ghana, The District Magistrate Court, a viable Market center and two Public Senior High Schools already in existence there.