• Election 2016: CID probes Nduom, Konadu, others

    The 12 presidential candidates disqualified by the Electoral Commission (EC) are being probed by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Services for alleged illegality, the Publication Relations Officer of the CID, ASP Joseph Benefo Darkwa has revealed.

    The probe follows the Electoral commission’s referral of all electoral offences to the CID for the needed actions to be taken.

    Speaking to Accra FM on Friday, ASP Benefo stated that “…The CID is investigating issues of multiple registration and different signatures on the forms. These are some of the things we saw on their forms and investigations have started. We have invited all of them to appear before the CID and accordingly some have appeared, whereas others have indicated they need adequate time to prepare.”

    “Some of them did not follow the law in filling their forms and after our investigations, will give the report to the Attorney General for advice,” He added:

    The affected persons are flag bearers of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga; Dr Edward Mahama of the People’s National Convention (PNC); Dr Agyenim Boateng of the United Front Party (UFP); Kofi Akpaloo of the Independent People’s Party (IPP); Kwabena Adjei of the Reformed Patriotic Democrats (RPD); and Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP).

    The others include: Dr Henry Herbert Lartey of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP); Mr Richard Nixon Tetteh (United Development Systems Party); Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP); Thomas Ward-Brew of the Democratic People’s Party (DPP); Alfred Kwame Asiedu Walker, an independent candidate, and Akua Donkor of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP). Mr Akwasi Addae Odike of the United Progressive Party’s nomination is on hold pending a court case.

    Mrs Osei cited among other things fraudulent signatures on the nomination forms.

    Source: Ghana/StarrFMonline.com/103.5FM

  • Disqualification suit: Court orders PPP, EC to file statement of case

    The High court presided over by Justice Eric Kyei-Baffour has warned lawyers of both the Electoral Commission and Progressive People’s Party to file their statements of case simultaneously in the suit seeking judicial review of the disqualification of the PPP’s presidential candidate from the December polls.

    The court says it will at all times be guided by the timeline as far as election 2016 is concerned. As a result, the court has ordered that the filing be done by Monday October 24, and the parties will return to court the following day to make viva voca (oral submission) after which a date will be set for the judgement of the court.

    The founder and leader of the Progressive People’s Party, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has stated that he would not give up easily following his disqualification from the presidential race in the upcoming December polls.

    The party thus sued the EC at the High Court seeking an order of prohibition to restrain the EC from proceeding with balloting for position of presidential candidates for the December 7, elections.

    It also sought for”…a further order directed against the 1st Respondent in her capacity as Returning Officer for Presidential elections to grant the Applicant the opportunity to amend and alter the one anomaly found in his nomination papers as well as accept his nomination papers as amended or altered to enable him contest as a Presidential Candidate for the 7th December 2016 elections.”

    “And for such order or further as to this Honourable Court may deem fit,” the PPP’s suit added.

    Dr Nduom and 11 others were disqualified from the contest by the EC.

    Some of the reasons outlined by the EC that led to the disqualification of the aspirants are filing anomalies including fraudulent signatures, absence ofa required number of signatures and improper filling of nomination forms.

    Source: Ghana/StarrFMonline.com/103.5FM/Wilberforce Asare

  • PPP assures youth of sustainable jobs

    The flagbearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, has told students of the University of Ghana, Legon that the PPP is the only party with the track record and experience to provide sustainable jobs for the unemployed youth in Ghana.

    Dr. Nduom was speaking at the PPP Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency campaign launch in Accra over the weekend.

    He said the PPP approach to job creation was more realistic and sustainable, cautioning the students against wasting their votes on “promise happy candidates” who have no idea about job creation.
    He said the PPP policy vision to build an inter-region highway with the same high quality throughout the country to open up the country for investment and development, is geared towards accelerated job creation nationally.

    “We will use government’s purchasing power to ensure that we eat what we grow and use what we produce in Ghana. Improve Ghana’s business climate to enable investment in job creation so that our people will stay at home to help develop the country and its economy. We will be relentless in providing support to Ghanaian industry and our farmers and fishermen using low interest loans, technical assistance, tax incentives and priority access to the Ghanaian market,” he said.

    The campaign launch was on the theme: “Change is Coming Get Involved.”

    Sharing his vision for the constituency at the launch, the PPP parliamentary candidate, William Dowokpor, said the constituency will experience reliable utility and public services, security to life and property and jobs for the youth under his leadership.

    “I will revive the Residents’ Associations that are currently comatose and organise them into active community interest groups that will engage the city authorities on daily basis to ensure public services due them in the constituency are delivered,” he said.

    On the Graduate Students’ Allowance problem, William Dowokpor assured that he will work with the authorities to make them understand the importance of the allowances for graduate studies to give it the priority it deserves.

    “Under my leadership as your MP, I will engage the authorities to ensure the allowances are released on schedule and in adequate amounts that will make graduates work financially stress free,” he reassured.

    Mr. Dowokpor used the occasion to urge the entire university community to get involved in his campaign to bring change to Ghana and the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency.

    Source: Ghana/starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

  • NDC has neglected Voltarians – PPP

    Ms Brigitte Dzogbenuku, the running mate to Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom in the 2016 elections, is rallying all the people in the Volta region to massively vote the National Democratic Congress (NDC) out of power.

    According to the Vice Presidential nominee, the NDC government has neglected the region for far too long hence it is about time the people take their destinies into their own hands by voting against the NDC on December 7.

    Ms Dzogbenuku stressed it is only a Progressive People’s Party (PPP) government headed by Dr. Nduom that can bring about a real change.

    “Often NDC calls the Volta as their world bank of votes but do you feel valued, if you truly are their world bank they will value your support for them and also give you something in return. As we sit here ask yourself, how has your vote for the NDC benefitted you and your families?” she asked.

    Ms Dzogbenuku was in Galo Sota in the Anlo constituency of the Volta region to help launch the campaign of the parliamentary candidature Francis Tamakloe.

    “As the elections approach, I ask you to support Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom and the PPP, we are the party with a demonstrable track record in job creation and good policies to transform Ghana with pragmatic and competent leadership,” she noted.

    The PPP parliamentary candidate Tamakloe urged the people of Anlo constituency to reject the sitting MP Clement Kofi Humado who in his own estimation has failed miserably.

    “I am pleading with you to critically examine Clement Humado who has been our MP for long. What has he done for the good people of Anlo, I am urging you to vote for change, change you can experience and feel in your pockets and lives. Let us reject the NDC for they have taken us for granted for far too long,” Tamakloe opined.

    Source: Ghana/starrfmonline.com/103.5FM

  • PPP’s petition book against Montie 3 stolen

    The book, with about 1,700 signatures yet to be handed over to the President, is believed to have been stolen at the party headquarters after three young men had walked into the building in a pretence of signing the petition.

    The party has since reported the incident to the Nima Police station for investigations.

    The party’s counter petition follows a petition spearheaded by a pro-governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) group called Research and Advocacy Platform (RAPS) that is seeking to compel the President to pardon a presenter, Salifu Maase, popularly known as Mugabe, and two panellists, Alistair Tairo Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn of an Accra-based Montie FM, who have been convicted by the Supreme Court.

    The group, RAPS, subsequently presented the petition to the Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah. Lawyers for the three contemnors had already presented theirs to the presidency.

    President John Dramani Mahama has since presented to the Council of State petitions he received in respect of the jailed Montie three contemnors.

    The Chief of Staff, who made the presentation, said the president is expecting advice from the Council of State on the matter.

    The Montie three, Alistair Nelson, Godwin Ako Gunn and Salifu Maase alias ‘Mugabe’ were sentenced to four months in prison by the Supreme Court following contempt proceedings against them.

    The contempt proceedings came after the three threatened the Supreme Court judges who sat on the Abu Ramadan and Gary Nimako versus the Electoral Commission case.

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