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Brief Report On The Presidential Election Petition In Ghana

Posted by Business in Ghana on February 24, 2013

Prepared by the Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko (gabby@danquahinstitute.org).

The international community, generally, endorsed Ghana’s 2012 general elections as  “free and fair.” Ghana, the star of democracy in Africa, had done it once again for Africa. John Mahama, the declared winner, was duly sworn in, without any violent protests, on January 7, 2013. But, the biggest opposition party in Ghana filed a petition in Ghana’s supreme court, (the first of its kind in the country’s history), challenging the presidential results. It is noteworthy that since the first election of Ghana’s Fourth Republic in 1992, 2012 was the only other time that a majority of the political parties (5 out of 7), which participated in the contest had come out to raise major concerns about the conduct of the polls. Indeed, the second runner-up and leader of the Progressive People’s Party, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, is on record as saying, “I have been involved in elections since 1992 and this is the worst in terms of credibility.” See link: http://www.theafricareport.com/News-Analysis/ghana-election-results-another-party-backs-npp-fraud-claims.html. But, what really is the substance of the case of the opposition New Patriotic Party, which is contesting the results in court? Is it, as observed by a cynical senior figure in the UNDP, “another opposition party in Africa crying foul”, or another defining moment in Ghana’s history; a necessary non-violent, constitutional move, worthy of commendation, to correct and secure the integrity of elections, hence, the future of democracy, peace, stability and development in Africa? Read the rest of this entry »

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Danquah On Nkrumah’s Propaganda Climb To Greatness

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 18, 2010

By Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, www.danquahinstitute.org

In his maiden address to Parliament in January 2009, President JEA Mills, an avowed Nkrumaist, said, “We intend to honour Dr Kwamne Nkrumah’s memory with a national holiday to be known as Founder’s Day.”

Thus, September 21 is now one more of developing Ghana’s  numerous public holidays (17) to  force on the nation a break from our  usual ‘work and unhappiness’ routine.

Several articles were written and speeches made from the likes of political historian, Prof Mike Oquaye, a Danqua-Dombo-Busiast, and political scientist Dr Vladimer Antwi-Danso, an Nkrumaist, to the effect that “We cannot say that Nkrumah was the founder of the nation we call Ghana. Ghana does not have one founder.”

As our way of marking the day, the Danquah Institute has provided below an article wrote by Dr J B Danquah on October 2, 1961, where he traces Mr Nkrumah’s contribution to the independence struggle and the propaganda tactics he used to turn the ‘masses’ of Ghana against the other nationalist leaders. Please read below J B in his own words: Read the rest of this entry »

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