ELECTIONS SPENDING AND ISSUES                             CHDSCGHANA RESEARCHNo money for assembly elections – Dr Afari Gy...
before we make announcements, when we dont have the money?"Dr. Afari Gyan cautioned politicians to stay away from suppport...
Published: 12/1/2010© Myjoyonline.comWorkshop towards increasing womens representation in Parliament opensMrs Betty Mould ...
Otherwise, she warned, womens involvement in such exercises would continue todecline.Ghana ought to change its electoral s...
Mrs Juliana Azumah-Mensah, Minister for Women and Childrens Affairs, who chairedthe programme, called on women to be pract...
Source: Daily GraphicStory from Myjoyonline.Com News:http://news.myjoyonline.com/news/201011/56537.aspPublished: 11/25/201...
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  1. 1. ELECTIONS SPENDING AND ISSUES CHDSCGHANA RESEARCHNo money for assembly elections – Dr Afari GyanThe district assembly elections, scheduled to take place all over the country on Tuesday,December 28, is threatening to become a non-event. According to Dr. Kwadwo AfariGyan, Chairman of the Electoral Commission, it had not received funding for theexercise barely three weeks to the event.In spite of the financial constraints, the commission, he assured the Ghanaian electorate,was preparing for the elections, so that if funds are released from the centralgovernment fund, his outfit would not be found wanting.The EC Chairman said this when he took key personnel from the Information ServicesDepartment, the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), and staff of the EC- all drawn from the Volta Region through the rudiments of elections, and howparticipants could assist in public education on the impending elections, at a workshoporganised in Ho yesterday.Dr. Afari Gyan told the participants that his outfit had shown great commitmenttowards the elections but the non-availability of funds would leave them with no optionthan to suspend it.He warned that the late release funds could also affect the quality of the ballot papersthey intend to print, and added that pictures against names of candidates could getmixed up.He said the amendment of the Legislative Instrument (LI) for each of the electoral areascontributed to the delay in the holding of the elections.The EC boss said in every election, there should be adequate public education on theexercise to create public interest for more people to participate in it. Unfortunately,there have been little funds to engage in such education campaigns this time round.He regretted that some of the media houses do not consider the exercise a civil one,with the insistence of payment for advertisements before passing on any informationfrom the Electoral Commission to the public."You see, sections of the media are not helping us in carrying out public educationactivities, but I must admit that others are very helpful, and as a Commission, we knowthem. How can we, as a Commission, pay these media houses that demand money
  2. 2. before we make announcements, when we dont have the money?"Dr. Afari Gyan cautioned politicians to stay away from suppporting candidates,because it was unacceptable for them to even mount the platforms of any candidate.Source: ChronicleStory from Myjoyonline.Com News:http://news.myjoyonline.com/news/201012/56983.aspPublished: 12/3/2010© Myjoyonline.comElectoral demarcations threaten peace in Kassena NankanaThe Acting Navro-Pio, Pe Arthur Wekem Ballnia Adda, has called for the suspension ofall electoral processes going on within the Kassena Nankana East District as recentdemarcations of electoral areas are causing confusion and threatening peace in the area.He said the demarcations were done without involving the people and names of someold electoral areas had been changed thereby aggrieving those directly affected andthreatening peace."We know for the purposes of elections the right to demarcate and name is with theElectoral Commission, however for the sake of democracy, consultation is necessary toensure the correct thing is done," the chief said at a press conference at Navrongo.The communities that are involved in the demarcations include Akurugo-Daboo,Wusungu Kunyoro and Yua. The Kassena Nankana District Electoral Officer, MrPawiah Ofori, explained that the demarcations were done based on petitions thatpeople made and that the Electoral Commission did not base its demarcation principleson traditional leanings.He said the main community under contention, Akurugu-Daboo, did not exist in theECs records so it could not have been changed.Source: GNAStory from Myjoyonline.Com News:http://news.myjoyonline.com/news/201012/56817.asp
  3. 3. Published: 12/1/2010© Myjoyonline.comWorkshop towards increasing womens representation in Parliament opensMrs Betty Mould Iddrisu, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, has encouragedwomen leaders, regardless of political differences, to unite and defend female leaders inleadership positions who are maligned in the media.The Minister, a gender activist, said such an act would send a strong signal to the publicthat women were united, committed, qualified and ready to assume any leadershippositions or sail through the ranks to get to the top of their careers.Mrs Iddrisu made the call at the launch of a two-day workshop dubbed, "WomensEmpowerment Programme," organised by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) inpartnership with the European Union (EU) at Atimpoku in the AsuogyamanAbout 40 women leaders, drawn from the four political parties with representation inParliament, are attending the workshop, on the theme: "Towards Increased WomensParticipation and Representation in Parliament.The aim is to train and build their capacities and confidences to be able to contest theirmale counterparts to contest in the 2012 Parliamentary Primaries and beyond.The IEA and EU have expressed the view that the programme would encourage womento participate in elections to increase their representation in Parliament.This follows revelations that womens representation in the Ghanaian Parliament hasbeen on the decline, from 11 per cent in the Fourth Parliament of the Fourth Republic toeight per cent in the current one, the Fifth Parliament of the Fourth Republic eventhough they (women) form the majority of the countrys population.Mrs Iddrisu said women must recommit themselves to the Womens Agenda and workhard to discredit vile accusations such as Have you had a child or children, Yourboyfriend is in an opposition party among others, that were usually levelled againstwomen leaders who aspire for prominent political offices.Such tags, she noted, negatively impact on the chances of the contestants. She alsomentioned socio-cultural and economic factors, including persistent negative portrayalof women in the media, saying they affected the morale of the women in politicalorganizations and called on the media to put a stop to such acts, which discourageyounger women from aspiring for political offices.
  4. 4. Otherwise, she warned, womens involvement in such exercises would continue todecline.Ghana ought to change its electoral system in line with international protocols to whichit is a signatory to achieve a gender-balanced participation and representation ingovernance and decision making bodies, she said.Mrs Iddrisu, consequently, called for a mechanism to support women to start theirpolitical campaigns and sustain them towards the 2012 Parliamentary Primaries andsubsequently the general election.She also called on the women to take a vital interest in the forthcoming districtassembly elections slated for December 28, to make them visible in their communities toenhance their chances of being elected saying, "We cannot afford a drop in thenumbers".Mrs Frema Osei Opare, Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wugoun, called forthe setting up of a "Womens Political Fund" to be administered by an independentinstitution to be used to support women politicians because they did not have themeans to raise the funds involved in running political campaigns.Mrs Osei Opare, who spoke on the topic: "Towards Increasing Womens Participationand Representation in Parliament: Real Strategies and Measures," proposed that allcurrent women parliamentarians be retained unopposed or have their seats contestedthe primaries level by only women to increase their participation and representation inParliament.She also called on female journalists to champion the cause of women in the country.Mrs Jean Mensa, Executive Director of IEA, further elaborated on the programmesaying it spanned 2010 to 2013 and would involve activities such as joint workshopbetween the womens wings of the Ghana Political Parties Programme and womensCivil Society Organizations (CSO).They would discuss the outcome of such workshops, identify new ideas and strategiesfrom the CSOs and broaden the agenda to include non-political party women desirousof working with the womens wings to attain the objective of increased womensrepresentation in Parliament.Ms Daria Fane, Head of the Governance Section of the EU Delegation to Ghana, saidwomens participation in political decision making institutions was an avenue formaking meaningful contributions towards development.
  5. 5. Mrs Juliana Azumah-Mensah, Minister for Women and Childrens Affairs, who chairedthe programme, called on women to be practical and visible among their constituents toenable them to win the trust of the people needed to enhance their chances at winningpolitical elections.Source: GNAStory from Myjoyonline.Com News:http://news.myjoyonline.com/news/201011/56666.aspPublished: 11/29/2010EC ready to receive nomination of candidates for assembly pollTHE Electoral Commission (EC) is ready to receive nomination of candidates for the2010 District Assembly I and Unit Committee Elections from tomorrow to SaturdayNovember 27, 2010.A statement signed by the ECs acting Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Christian Owusu-Parry, said prospective candidates may obtain nomination forms from the deputyreturning officers, in charge of special duties in the electoral areas or units where theywere seeking election.Nomination forms may also be obtained from the returning officers for the districts atthe district offices of the Commission.The statement urged prospective candidates not to pay any money for obtaining thenomination forms or pay any filling fee."Prospective candidates are also to note that they are to attach three recently takenphotographs to the nomination forms", it said.The statement said persons contesting the unit committee elections were supposed tohave a proposer, a seconder and 10 other registered voters in the electoral area or unitwhere they were seeking election, c supporting their candidature."It is the hope of the Commission that prospective candidates will take note of thesearrangements and act accordingly" it said.
  6. 6. Source: Daily GraphicStory from Myjoyonline.Com News:http://news.myjoyonline.com/news/201011/56537.aspPublished: 11/25/2010© Myjoyonline.com

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