BIOGRAPHY OF ALBAN BAGBIN, SPEAKER OF GHANA’S 8TH PARLIAMENT!

Born on September 24, 1957, at Sombo in the Upper West Region, Hon. Bagbin is a graduate of the University of Ghana (1977-1980) and the Ghana School of Law (1980 -1982).

He holds an Executive Masters in Governance and Leadership from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). The MP for Nadowli Kaleo and former Majority Leader started schooling at an early age at the Roman Catholic Primary School, Sombo, did his second cycle education at Wa Secondary School and ended at the Tamale Secondary School, where he earned his Ordinary Level and Advanced Level certificates before entering the University of Ghana in 1977.

From 1980 to 1982, he worked at the Bureau of Statistics and Statistical Service as the acting Secretary to the Statistical Service Board while between 1982 and 1983; he worked as Personnel Manager of the erstwhile State Hotels Corporation.Mr. Bagbin practiced as private legal practitioner in the Akyem Chambers, a firm of legal practitioners, consultants and notaries public, as a partner.

He is currently the longest serving a member of parliament, having served since 1993 when the first parliament under the 4th Republic was inaugurated. He has held a number of positions in Parliament since 1994 and capped his law making career with the ultimate, the Majority Leader and Leader of the House.In the first Parliament of the Fourth Republic, he was made the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Subsidiary Legislation and Vice Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Mines and Energy and Member of the Committee on Local Government and Rural Development.

In the Second Parliament of the Fourth Republic, Mr. Bagbin was the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs with oversight responsibilities for the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Electoral Commission, National Commission on Civic Education, Office of Parliament and Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.

He was also the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee from 2001 to 2005.He was also the Vice-Chairman of the Appointments Committee of Parliament. He did not run again for Parliament in the 2020 elections.

GH Elections2020: NDC rejects results of the presidential elections

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has rejected the results of the 2020 Presidential elections as announced by the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC),Jean Mensa on Wednesday December 9,2020.

Speaking at a Press Conference after the declaration of results,the Minority Leader,Haruna Iddrisu stated that the party has doubts about the whole electoral process hence, the rejection.

“We reject the presidential elections as announced by the chair of the Electoral Commission. And we also want to serve notice that the blatant effort even to deny us of a parliamentary majority will be fiercely resisted”.

Meanwhile,Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been re-elected as President of the Republic of Ghana.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo declared President-Elect

New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has won the tightly contested 2020 election.

He polled 6,730, 413 which is 51.59% of the total votes cast nationwide on December 7.

His closest contender, John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) polled 6, 214, 889 which gives him 47.36% of the total votes cast.

The Electoral Commissioner, Jean Mensa who is the Returning officer of the 2020 presidential election announced the results Wednesday.

She added that there results for the Techiman South is outstanding due as it is being contested.

However, she noted that even if those results are added to the votes obtained by former President Mahama, it will not add up to the 50 plus 1 per cent needed he needs to win the election.

GH Elections2020: Derek P K Nkansa,(NPP UK Chairman) Writes.

So the NDC claims it has won the elections, yet refuses to produce evidence to back it? What a party?

The results were declared, certified and signed at the polling stations, before onward transmission to the Constituency Collation Center for aggregated tabulation.

The truth is at the Polling station and that truth in the form of a pink sheet is given to every Party agent at the Polling Station.

And so I dare Ex-President Mahama, to show us his pink sheets, and let’s put that side by side with ours and the truth will be clear to him.

NDC, produce your pink sheets and let’s compare.

There is only one truth; His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has won the elections hands down.

GH Election2020: 10 NPP MPs Who Have Lost Their Seats

Results trickling in the just ended 2020 general elections are showing trends that hasn’t happened in Ghana before.

At least 28 incumbent New Patriotic Party (NPP) legislators have lost their parliamentary seats in Monday’s elections.

Some 21 of them are either ministers, ministers of state or deputy ministers.

That is aside from the 41 who lost the NPP primaries earlier this year and thus did not contest yesterday’s polls.

Meanwhile, four NPP MPs are retiring, including Dr Anthony Akoto Osei of Tafo Pankrono, Kwabena Appiah Pinkrah of Akrofuom, Dr Ziblim Iddi of Gushegu and Shirley Ayorkor Botchway of Anyaa Sowutuom.

In total, the NPP will lose at least 92 MPs out of their 169 in the next Parliament. Hopefully, the new ones will live beyond expectations.

Below is the list of MPs who lost the elections on December 7 2020, their constituencies and their positions in government.

1) George Oduro – New Edubiase – Deputy Agric Minister

2) George Andah – Awutu Senya – Deputy Communications Minister

3) Yaw Buabeng Asamoah – Adenta

4) Boniface Abubakar Saddique – Minister of State

5) Siaka Stephens – Jaman North – Deputy Bono Regional Minister

6) Yaw Afful – Jaman South – Deputy Aviation Minister

7) Ali Maiga Hamidu – Dormaa West

8) George Gyan Baffuor – Wenchi – Minister for Planning

9) Derrick Oduro – Nkoranza North – Deputy Defence Minister

10) Charles Konadu Yiadom – Nkoranza South

11) Abena Durowaa Mensah – Assin North

12) Barbara Asher Ayisi – Cape Coast North – Deputy Minister for Works and Housing

13) Francis Kingsley Cudjoe – Ekumfi – Deputy Fisheries Minister

14) Alexander Abban – Gomoah West – Deputy Minister for Communications

15) Joseph Tetteh – Upper Manya Krobo – Deputy Eastern Regional Minister

16) Ebenezer Nartey – Ablekuma Central

17) Titus Glover – Tema East – Deputy Minister for Transport

18) Joseph Dindiok Kpemka – Tempane – Deputy Attorney General

19) Adongo Frank Fuseini – Zebilla – Deputy Upper East Regional ministers

20) Anthony Karbo – Lawra – Deputy Roads Minister

21) Michael Gyato – Krachi East – Deputy Minister for Water Resources and Sanitation

22) Paul Essien – Jomoro – Deputy Minister for Chieftaincy

23) Barbara Oteng Gyasi – Prestea Huni Valley – Minister for Tourism

24) Kofi Amoakohene – Atebubu Amanten – Bono East Regional Minister

25) Gabriel Osei – Tain

26) Oko Boye – Ledzokuku – Deputy Minister for Health

27) Elizabeth Afoley Quaye – Krowor – Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture

28) Hajia Alima Mahama – Nalerigu /Gambaga – Minister for Local Government and Rural Development

29) Also, Upper East Regional Minister Paulina Abayange who is not an MP lost the elections in the Navorongo Constituency.

The tally featuring the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will be published separately soon.

source: myjoyonline

‘Thank you for giving NDC a working majority in Parliament’ – Mahama to Ghanaians

Presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, has claimed that the party has won the majority of parliamentary seats in the 2020 general elections.

‘Thank you for giving NDC a working majority in Parliament’ – Mahama to Ghanaians

Ghanaians across the country cast their votes in the presidential and parliamentary elections on Monday, December 7, 2020.

However, 24 hours after voting was closed, collation is still ongoing in some constituencies with some results yet to be confirmed.

The NDC, though, earlier conducted a press conferences where they claimed to have won about 140 parliamentary seats.

GH Elections2020: Asawase: Ballot papers Allegedly Meant For Rigging Polls Fake – EC

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The Electoral Commission (EC) in the Ashanti Region says the man caught in the Asawase constituency on suspicion of trying to rig the polls had only fake ballots in his possession.

The Regional EC Director, Benjamin Bannor-Bio, said his outfit’s scrutiny of the purported ballots meant for rigging revealed their inauthenticity.

“It does not bear a serial number. What it bears is a constituency code for Asawase. All our ballot papers bear unique serial numbers,” he noted at a press conference on December 7, 2020.

Mr. Bannor-Bio further demonstrated to the press that the gold validation stamps on the ballots were oval instead of circular.

He stressed that there was no need for apprehension and urged observers to trust the EC’s processes.

“That is why the person was detected and arrested… and so, therefore, let’s have an interest in the Electoral Commission’s process and have trust in them.”

“We are determined to ensure that the results will be a true reflection of the decision of the people who voted,” Mr. Bannor-Bio added.

The MP for the area, Muntaka Mubarak, had raised concerns that the detention of the suspect in possession of the fake ballots signalled a larger attempt at rigging the polls.

The detection of the suspect who was accused of thump printing ballots in his possession led to confusion at the Baba Lati base polling station in the New Zongo Electoral area.

But Mr. Bannor-Bio said the EC said it has since clarified issues with the MP.

“I have met the Honourable Muntaka at his office, and he himself has attested to the fact that the ballot papers were not that of our [EC’s] ballot papers.”

GH Elections2020: Two Arrested For Tampering With Presidential Ballot Papers

The two officers who tampered with the presidential ballot in Awutu Senya West and Bawuku Central constituencies have been arrested.

The officers are Mary Adatsi in the Awutu Senya constituency and Ahmed Shafawu in the Bawku Central constituency.

The suspected officers were removed from their post prior to their arrest.

The EC has indicated that all presidential candidates should appear on a thumb-printed ballot paper before it will be considered as valid and counted.

It has also charged agents of political parties and candidates as well as the general public to be vigilant to ensure free and fair elections.

GH Elections2020: Policeman Dies While On Election Duties At Ahafo Region

Detective Constable Kwarteng Abebrese Nantwi of Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters Operations in Accra currently on Election Duties at Ahafo Region is dead.

Sources confirmed from the police that he fell sick and was rushed to Hwidiem Government Hospital but was discharged after treatment.

Earlier today December 7, 2020, he fell unconscious in his room and was rushed back to the same hospital for further treatment but was pronounced dead on arrival.

His body has since been deposited at same Hospital morgue pending further action while the police administration has notified the immediate family of his unfortunate passing.

Fact check: Akufo-Addo’s picture cut off on some ballot papers at Awutu Twimi and Alhaji Salam Grinding Mill polling stations

Claim: Akufo Addo’s picture is missing on ballot papers at Awutu Twimi polling station in the Awutu Senya West constituency and the Alhaji Salam Grinding Mill polling station in the Bawku Central constituency.

Verdict: True. The CODEO Constituency Supervisor present at the Awutu Twimi polling station has confirmed that a voter noticed it, reported it to an NPP agent and an alarm was raised. Citi FM’s Upper East regional correspondent also confirmed the Bawku Central constituency incident.

Full text: 

A claim circulating on WhatsApp is stating that there are ballot papers at the Awutu Twimi polling station in the Central Region which do not have the picture of NPP presidential candidate, Akufo-Addo on them. Videos circulating on Twitter also show this claim

It reads below:

Mill polling station in the Bawku Central Constituency.

Verdict: The CODEO Constituency Supervisor present at the Awutu Twimi polling station has confirmed that a voter noticed it. In the Upper East Region, Citi News’ regional correspondent confirmed the case in the Bawku Central Constituency.

Verification: 

Dubawa verified from the CODEO Constituency Supervisor (CS) officer stationed at the Awutu Senya West, Awutu Twinmi polling station where the incident is reported to have happened, and it was confirmed to be true.

The CODEO CS  stated that a voter detected the missing picture of Akufo-Addo on the ballot paper, and reported it to an NPP agent who consequently raised the alarm.

Upper East region incident

A similar claim was made in the Upper East region.

Verdict: True. The presidential ballot paper was issued to a voter at the Alhaji Salam Grinding Mill polling centre in Bawku Central constituency without the image of candidate Akufo-Addo.

 Verification

Citi News’s Upper East Regional Correspondent confirmed that the incident occurred at the Alhaji Salam Grinding Mill polling centre in the West Natinga electoral area of the Bawku Central constituency.

He reported that, “It is not a rumour. This happened.”

“It happened at the Alhaji Salam Grinding Mill polling station in the West Natinga Electoral area of the Bawku Central constituency… The first person voted with part of that ballot paper being torn. The same repeated the second time and it caught the attention of the party agent of the NPP and he moved to rectify it. They recalled that ballot and issued a new ballot to the voter. The regional directorate of the NPP tells me that they have made a complaint to the EC but the matter, for now, has been resolved,” he said in a live interview on Citi TV.

Based on the ballot paper serial number, we confirmed from the Electoral Commission’s master sheet for polling stations that the ballot paper in the photo was indeed for the Bawku Central constituency.

Both incidents have also been confirmed in a press statement by the Electoral Commission which says it will deal with the officers who tampered with the ballot papers.

Conclusion: 

The claim that there is a missing picture of Akufo-Addo on ballot papers at Awutu Twimi and Alhaji Salam grinding mill polling station is true. CODEO officers and Citi FM respondents present on site have confirmed it, and the incident has been reported. The Electoral Commission has also confirmed both incidents in a press statement and has promised to deal with the officers who tampered with the ballot papers.

Source: citinewsroom