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How do you expect NDC collate ‘credible’ results from error-ridden pink sheets?

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National Communication Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Sammy Gyamfi has reacted to criticisms that the NDC failed to collate presidential results after the 2020 General Elections, wondering how the party could have collated any proper and true results from pink sheets and summary sheets that contain errors.

“If I may ask, how can anyone expect the NDC to do any true and proper collation of results on the basis of polling station pink sheets and constituency summary results sheets that contain several patent arithmetic errors and arrive at any accurate outcome? I don’t get it!” He wrote on social media.

Mr Gyamfi argued that the request for the NDC’s own results is not justified because the NDC is in the Supreme Court to challenge the declaration by the Electoral Commission and not to present its version of collated results to the Court.

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On the matter of the demand for the NDC to present its own collated results of the 2020 Presidential Elections;

For the records, candidate Akufo-Addo and Dr. Bawumia did not present their own collated figures or results to the Supreme Court in the 2012/2013 election petition.

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I dare anybody who disputes this fact to point me to any paragraph in the 2012 election Petition where the petitioners presented their own collated figures to the Supreme Court to show that they won the 2012 presidential election.

In that case, the petitioners presented the EC’s own declared figures to the court and asked the court to annul about 4 million votes on grounds that those votes had been affected by alleged legal infractions and irregularities.

The petitioners then proceeded to deduct those votes from the results/figures declared by the EC and sought a declaration from the court that candidate Akufo-Addo won the 2012 Presidential election on the basis of the resultant outcome, i.e. if those votes were actually annulled. The Petitioners did not present their own collated figures to the Supreme Court to show that they won that election.

Unlike the Petitioners in the 2012/2013 case (Akufo-Addo & Bawumia), the petitioner in the present case, John Mahama is not asking the Supreme Court to annul votes and declare him President-elect on the basis of the resultant outcome.

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He is simply telling the court that per the figures contained in the declaration of the Chairperson of the EC and Returning Officer of the 2020 Presidential elections, Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensah, none of the 12 candidates in the 2020 Presidential elections attained more than 50% of the total valid votes cast as required by article 63(3) of the 1992 constitution, hence the declaration of candidate Akufo-Addo as President-elect is unconstitutional.

Therefore, to my mind, John Mahama doesn’t need his own collated figures to illustrate or prove his claim that Jean Mensah’s declaration is unconstitutional and invalid. Rather, he needs the figures contained in the declaration of Jean Mensah to illustrate and prove his case, which is precisely what he is doing in court.

Why then is he being asked to present his own collated figures to the Supreme Court, before he can challenge the constitutionality/validity of the 2020 Presidential results declared by Jean Mensah as per Jean Mensah’s own figures? Particularly, when his own collated figures has got nothing to do with his petition, which is only a challenge of the constitutionality/validity of the Presidential results declared by Jean Mensah on the basis of figures contained in same.

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If I may ask, how can anyone expect the NDC to do any true and proper collation of results on the basis of polling station pink sheets and constituency summary results sheets that contain several patent arithmetic errors and arrive at any accurate outcome? I don’t get it!

Source: GhanaCNN.com

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22-Year Old Man Beheads Grandfather And Stepmother After Consuming ‘Weed Candy’

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A 22-year-old man known as Alex Tengeh has been arrested by the police in Koforidua after beheading his grandfather and stepmother at Okorase, a community in the Abuakwa North Municipality in the Eastern Region.

Tengeh’s motives for the crimes are unclear but residents of the community say he has no mental health issues but was recently introduced to ‘weed candy’.

According to eyewitnesses, the 22-year-old was seen strangling a young lady with his bare hands around 9 pm on Thursday, a few meters from their home.

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The father of the young lady Kofi Amponsah who heard the screams of her daughter hurriedly came to her rescue and moved her to lodge a complaint with the police.

Tengeh upon fleeing the scene moved to his own home in the absence of his father, attacked his grandfather and beheaded him in bed. He later chased his stepmother who was coming to the rescue of his grandfather and subsequently butchered her to death.

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A neighbour, Madam Comfort Ofori, narrowly escaped death after refusing to open the door for Alex when she heard screams of his grandfather shouting for help.

The residents are terrified and want the police to intensify their visibility day and night in communities to avoid similar occurrences.

Source: theGhanaianVoice.Com



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Manhyia Hospital Nurses Call Off Strike After MoH, GHS Intervention

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The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) has asked its members at the Manhyia District Hospital to resume full duties today, December 3, 2022; ending a strike that last one day.

The strike was in relation to an incident where a nurse was abused by the father of a young doctor at the facility.

The father happened to be the Ashanti Regional director of the National Service Secretariat (NSS), Alex Opoku-Mensah.

The GRNMA ordered the strike after a 72-hour ultimatum calling for the sacking of Opoku-Mensah elapsed with the NSS only suspending him pending a probe.

The strike brought activities at the hospital to a halt as multiple media outlets reported that some patients were referred to other facilities whiles others nearing recovery were discharged to continue treatment at home.

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The latest development was occasioned by an intervention on the part of the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service.

In a statement confirming that they had called off the strike, the Association said: “it has called off its strike in Manhyia District Hospital and the intended road map for a full scale industrial action to allow the committee set by the National Service Secretariat to carry out its mandate and to ensure that our patients and clients do not suffer unduly.”

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‘This has never been my style’ – Ashanti Regional NSS director issues apology for ‘mishap’

Alex Opoku-Mensah, who has been caught in the middle of an altercation that he had with a nurse issued an apology after the almost 10-minute exchange went viral on social media.

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In the audio recording of the incident, Mr. Alex Poku-Mensah is heard hurling insults and threats at the nurse for allegedly intimidating his daughter, who is a house officer at the hospital.

But in an apology shared on his Facebook page, Alex Poku-Mensah stated that what happened was not his style.

“I understand the disappointment and appreciate the inconvenience my action has caused the general public as well as the nursing fraternity and Manhyia Hospital.

“This has never been my style but for a genuine reason to mediate a persistent issue between my daughter (doctor) and a colleague nurse who I as well consider my daughter,” he wrote.

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He described what happened as a ‘mishap’ and asked for forgiveness.

“I do apologize for any mishap and assure all, there shall not be a repetition of such. I look forward to maintaining a cordial relationship between any affected person,” he added.



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Akufo-Addo Outlines Key Public Expenditure Measures In 2023 Budget To Address Economic Challenges

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has outlined key measures introduced by government in the 2023 budget which would address Ghana’s current economic difficulties.

Speaking at the 38th Farmers’ Day Celebration in Koforidua, the president said it was important for the government to adopt some austere measures as well as ramp up efforts in domestic revenue mobilization amid the challenges confronting the country.

“The 2023 Budget presented to Parliament by the Minister for Finance seeks to address these economic challenges through a number of very difficult, but necessary measures. These measures include a debt operation to address our fiscal and debt sustainability concerns,” Akufo-Addo said.

“Debt operations alone will not be enough to address the debt sustainability concerns. It is for this reason that we are complementing the debt operations with fiscal adjustments, through improvement in revenue collection and expenditure rationalisation measures, to promote debt and fiscal sustainability. This is why the Minister for Finance outlined a number of revenue and expenditure measures for the consideration and approval of Parliament.”

The president also highlighted the government’s self-imposed cost-cutting measures that he said will help reduce spending towards fiscal sustainability as the country navigates through its challenges.

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“Government is proposing significant expenditure rationalisation measures, including a lowering of the cap on transfers to earmarked funds from 25 per cent to 17.5 per cent; review of Government flagship programmes to reflect relevance, promote efficiency, and ensure value for money; continue with the 30 per cent cut in the salaries of the President, Vice President, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, MMDCEs, and political office holders including those in state-owned enterprises; manage public sector wage negotiations and hiring within budgetary constraints, and integrate the public procurement approval processes with GIFMIS and budget allocation.

“There are other key public expenditure measures which seek to demonstrate the government’s burden sharing in addressing the economic challenges facing us. These measures, which range from reducing fuel allocation, the size of convoys, the suspension of the creation of new government agencies, to a ban on the use of V8 vehicles, are expected to reduce spending towards fiscal sustainability.

“I am optimistic that all these fiscal measures, together with the debt operations and the implementation of key structural reforms to eliminate the structural bottlenecks in the economy outlined in the 2023 Budget, will go a long way to address the economic challenges,” the president assured.

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Ghana’s economy has been on a downturn, with the government returning to the International Monetary Fund in July this year to secure a bailout.

The government is looking at securing a $3 billion loan facility, which will be spread over a three-year period.

Source: theGhanaianVoice.Com



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