<![CDATA[Ghana Election 2020 - Election 2020 News]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:58:29 -0100Weebly<![CDATA[NDC will develop its strongholds more than NPP areas - Kwabena Donkor]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:01:02 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/11/ndc-will-develop-its-strongholds-more-than-npp-areas-kwabena-donkor.html Source: mynewsgh. com - A former Minister of Power, Dr Kwabena Donkor has observed that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) disgraceful defeat in the 2016 polls was also as a result of its focus in developing New Patriotic Party (NPP) strongholds in order to garner more votes to the neglect of its dominated areas.
He said unlike the current government where the attention will be on only its strongholds, the NDC will prefer to give three out of ten to places it see as a hostile ground politically.

“At least fortunately, NPP has shown us how to do it …we will not copy them; we will be different. We will recognize our own. If we give our own seven we will give them three”.

“They are doing it 10 is to 0 but we should not do it 10 is to 0 because we are patriots” former Minister and current lawmaker for Pru East, Dr. Kwabena Donkor said.

He has therefore indicated that the next NDC government will share the country’s resources to benefit only parts of Brong Ahafo Region and Ashanti Region regarded as its strongholds

According to the former government official, the NDC neglected its core members and rather switched attention to NPP in terms of development and job opportunities for votes.

“We lost 2016 simply because our branches were weak….we did not pay enough attention to party structures especially the branches”, the NDC lawmaker for Pru East in the Brong Ahafo Region observed.

Dr. Kwabena Donkor who was speaking to Tertiary Educational Institutions Network (TEIN) of the University of Education, Winneba, Campus assured members that NDC if given another opportunity to serve, will not repeat their past mistakes.

The party leadership he revealed, has now observed they lost the polls because youth of the party including members of TEIN were relegated to the background.

“We could not manage to place TEIN people in National Service in areas that could be strategic for us”, Dr. Kwabena Donkor told TEIN members of the University during their town hall meeting.

The party he noted has identified its shortfalls and steps are being taken to avert them in government in a near future.

“If two or three people have move we say we are going to build overhead at Komfo Anoakye [roundabout in Kumasi] while rural roads at Ahafo Ano and other places where we could win were there”

“Sunyani we were building Upper Ringway Road while Atebubu/Kwame Danso/ Kadjebi road is there. …So let begin to think differently”.He said.
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<![CDATA[Akufo-Addo will be one-term President – Spio-Garbrah]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:54:40 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/11/akufo-addo-will-be-one-term-president-spio-garbrah.html  2020 will be a year for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to recapture power from the governing New Patriotic Party.
Source: starrfmonline. com - Presidential hopeful Ekwow Spio-Garbrah has said President Akufo-Addo will be a one-term President.

Mr.Spio-Garbrah told Bola Ray on Starr Chat on Wednesday, November 1, that the unfortunate death of former president Mills created an “instant one-term type scenario” and that particular incident made it easier for “Ghanaians to shorten the 8-year term to 4-year term”
“This fourth republic, we started off with 8-year government, Ghanaians got used to 8 years under President Rawlings and Kufour but unfortunately the death of President Mills created an instant one-term type scenario for President Mills and I believe that particular incident made it easier for Ghanaians to shorten the 8-year that President Mahama would have enjoyed to term a to 4-year term, President Mills became a one-term President and President Mahama as well”.

Asked if that was going to be the same for President Akufo-Addo, he said “it will be a one-term for the current President as well”.

Mr. Garbrah also added that 2020 will be a year for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to recapture power from the governing New Patriotic Party, disclosing his intention to contest for the presidency when the NDC opens nominations.
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<![CDATA[80 NDC MP's call on Mahama to 'force' him to contest election 2020]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:47:25 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/11/80-ndc-mps-call-on-mahama-to-force-him-to-contest-election-2020.html Source: peacefmonline. com - The Member of Parliament (MP) for Builsa South Constituency in the Upper East Region, and a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, Hon Clement Apaak has disclosed that some MPs from the Minority side of the House, visited the office of the former President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday.
According to him, 80 Members of Parliament including himself who believe in John Mahama, decided to visit him and make their intentions known to him that as a matter of necessity, he must lead the NDC in the next general elections in 2020.

He said that though the Parliamentarians met his absence, they were able to relay their message through his Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah.

He made this known on Akomadan based Cruz FM's Morning Show.

"Only yesterday 80 NDC MPs including myself went to the office of the former president, he wasn't present, his Chief of Staff was there, Julius Deborah, and our interest is simple. He's the only person capable of leading the NDC back to victory," Clement Apaak said.

" . . We told him it was not negotiable and whether he likes it or not he will contest," he added.

He however said that the rest of the MPs who were not part were not happy that they were not informed.

" . . That is because others didn't know and they're mad at us . . . those of us who went believe that Mahama is the best person to lead us back into winning power . . . everyone is saying what they like and for us we say Mahama is the one we like . . . it was a private decision by those of us who believe in John Mahama and the fact that we expect him to come back and finish what he has started," he told Cruz FM 

He added that the longest serving legislator on the NDC side was not part of the 80 MPs who visited the office of the former President.

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has 106 members of Parliament after the polls on December 7, 2016 to elect the 5th President and the 7th Members of Parliament of the 4th republic.

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<![CDATA[I’ll contest for NDC’s flagbearership slot – Namoale]]>Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:19:29 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/10/ill-contest-for-ndcs-flagbearership-slot-namoale.html Source: citifmonline. com - As the quest to find a new flagbearer to lead the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the next election in 2020 deepens, former NDC Member of Parliament for the La Dadekotopon Constituency, Nii Amasah Namoale, has indicated strongly that he will be joining the race.
Mr. Namoale made the disclosure on Citi FM’s news analysis programme, The Big Issue on Saturday.

When asked why he wants to be President, Mr. Namoale said his aim is to “serve the people.”

“Why should a Ghanaian go to bed angry? Why shouldn’t a Ghanaian get a place to lay his or her head? Why shouldn’t a Ghanaian wear a cloth that he or she wants to wear? These are the main issues. From Accra to Bolgatanga, I don’t think we have to spend five hours. Why are we spending 13 to 15 hours? If you look at the western world, they think about the people, how to make life easier for them. So in governance you have to make life easier for your people.”

Mr. Namoale had been MP for the past 12 years but was defeated in the last election 2016 by the NPP’s Vincent Odotei Sowah.

Mr. Namoale, who blamed his defeat on some internal party wrangling in his constituency, said he is ready to help the NDC snatch power from the governing New Patriotic Party if given the nod.

“It was propaganda that toppled me, but the truth is always the truth,” he said.

NDC presidential race heats up

So far a number of high profile members of the NDC including Alban Bagbin, Prof. Joshua Alabi, former Rector of the University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA), and former President John Mahama – have all given some hints of their interest in leading the NDC in the 2020 election.

Former Trade Minister, Dr. Ekow Spio Garbrah, has also shown indications of joining the race.

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<![CDATA[Nduom chides EC boss for causing his poor show in 2016 elections]]>Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:42:42 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/10/nduom-chides-ec-boss-for-causing-his-poor-show-in-2016-elections.html Dr. Nduom has given the strongest indication yet that he may not put himself up for president in the 2020 elections.
Source: 3news. com - The 2016 presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has blamed the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission for his poor performance in the election after managing 106,092 votes representing 0.99% of the total votes cast.
In the 2016 elections, Dr. Nduom had to resort to the courts to get his name on the ballot paper after he was disqualified by the Electoral Commission.

“To [EC boss] Charlotte Osei and others at the Electoral Commission, I say we will never forget your failed attempt to take away our freedom and our right to participate in the 2016 election.

“Yes you succeeded in sabotaging our campaign but in the end, we still stand tall. Never again should you dare to circumvent the laws that put you in office,” he cautioned.

Dr. Nduom was addressing delegates at the party’s 4th National Convention Saturday in the Upper East regional capital, Bolgatanga.

The business mogul who founded the PPP was the party’s presidential candidate in 2012 as well. He has made three attempts at the presidency: his first was in 2008 on the ticket of the Convention People’s Party, which he later broke away from.

Election 2020

Dr. Nduom has given the strongest indication yet that he may not put himself up for president in the 2020 elections.

“I am now part of the older generation. My task now is to encourage, support and educate our young progressives to come to the front line of our party. The PPP is not Nduom’s property. It is our party. Now it is there for you the young people to make it great and successful,” he hinted his retirement from frontline politics.”

He reminded the president, Nana Akufo-Addo that he is the president for all Ghanaians, stressing that the PPP will continue to offer ideas and support positive policies that will improve the lives of Ghanaians.

Though he commended the government’s Free SHS policy as being “good”, he observed, “it does not go far enough. What Ghana needs is free, compulsory and continuous education from kindergarten to the end of senior high school. And PPP will continue to push for it.”

He charged the president to make it possible for the people to elect metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives before the 2020 elections.

This is what will signal growth and prosperity in Ghana,” he stated.

He was upbeat about the prospect of his party in future elections. “I am confident that our party will be successful. God willing and with good effort, PPP will be in Parliament. PPP will go to the Flagstaff house. And Ghana will see wonders! Ghana will become a strong and prosperous country.”

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<![CDATA[EC starts process to create new districts]]>Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:22:47 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/10/ec-starts-process-to-create-new-districts.html Source: 3news. com - The Electoral Commission is to embark on field trips next week to assess the feasibility of government’s proposal to create new district assemblies in all the 10 regions. 
Section 1 (a) of the Local Government Act 2016, Act 936 places the responsibility on the Commission to review and make appropriate recommendations on the proposal. “A team each has been constituted for the ten regions to undertake a field study and submit reports accordingly,” a memo to EC’s regional directors stated. Each regional team would be led by the Commission member responsible for the region, it said. 

The teams are to be guided by the fact that the population there is large enough with an appreciable number of economically active groups.

They have been asked to take into consideration the available economic activities in the proposed districts, looking at the revenue that could be derived through taxation like farming type, mining activities, daily or weekly market, banks, hospitals among others. Accessibility of the proposed district capital to other towns and villages in the district must also be taken into account. 

The team embarking on the field study are expected to talk to stakeholders including chief executives of existing districts, traditional rulers, Presiding Member of Assembly, Members of Parliament in the affected areas and other opinion leaders. 

The field trip will start from October 25 and end on November 10, 2017.

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<![CDATA[PPP to investigate poor election performance]]>Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:13:46 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/10/ppp-to-investigate-poor-election-performance.html Source: citifmonline. com - The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has announced plans to investigate its poor performance in the just ended elections. The party is disappointed it polled only 1% of the total valid votes cast in the recently held national.
Kofi Asamoah Siaw, the policy advisor of the party in a Citi News interview said, the PPP will hire an external consultant to look into the party’s performance in the December polls. He said, they will ascertain the quality of their campaign message among other things to arrive at the cause of their loss.

“This is something the nation committee has agreed on that we need to do, and to find out our own policy propositions if they are acceptable by Ghanains and why Ghanaians decided that even though they voted for change, all of these 6 million voters decided to one side to vote for the NPP and Nana Akufo-Addo, there should be a reason,” he said. He added that, “We need to break that jinx by getting beyond 1% and getting members elected into Parliament. 

Maybe we have exhausted our ability to think through and find the solution. 

Let someone from outside see what we can do and based on his advice and recommendation, we’ll devise a strategy for 2020.” Mr Asamoah Siaw said although the party can internally assess its performance in the elections and devise strategies to perform better in the next elections, it would prefer to use external consultants to avoid biases. ‘PPP election history’ The PPP came third in the just ended election behind the winning New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC). 

The party made it second appearance in the political race in the 2016 elections after first contesting in 2012. Its founder, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom has been the flagbearer on both occasions but has failed to poll a significant number of votes although its 2016 performance was better than that of 2016. 

It is unclear who the party will present as its presidential candidate in the 2020 elections as some have suggested that the 63-year-old leader of the party will not contest in any national election again.

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<![CDATA[Election 2020: Why NDC could struggle to unseat Akufo-Addo]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:05:13 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/10/election-2020-why-ndc-could-struggle-to-unseat-akufo-addo.html YEN. com. gh explores the political chances of the NPP and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo ahead of the 2020 general elections considering government's recent achievements
Ghana’s next major general election will be held in the year 2020 but even as the electorate prepare to decide who rules the affairs of the country in 2020, the political scene in the country continue to see various political parties restructure the best ways by which they could win the hearts of Ghanaians.

So far, the two major political parties in the country remains the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Ghanaians have successfully ended the 2016 elections with the NPP chalking a massive victory of 53.85 percent as the opposition NPP suffered a 44.40 percent loss.

But fast tracking to the 2020 elections there are huge expectations for the incumbent NPP to regain power in the 2020 elections and YEN.com.gh has the reasons why.

The launch of the much awaited Free SHS policy shook Ghana’s political spectrum to the core! For all political critics who said the program was never going to succeed, all they could say now was; “Let’s wait and see”.

But the implementation of the free senior high school policy has not only seen over 400,000 students benefit from free tuition in the SHS level but also added a shine to universal basic education in Ghana today.

This likely has the potential of having millions of Ghanaians sacrifice their votes for Nana Addo. One other key achievement of the president has been the coming on board of the planting for foods and jobs program which is mainly going to target the electorates in the rural zones who continue to farm under the mercies of the weather.

With such policy bringing on board 450,000 jobs there is no doubt in our minds that the president will definitely win the hearts of the rural folk in the 2020 polls. Just not that, the Akufo-Addo administration has resolved to pay the outstanding allowance of all trainee nurses across the country.

This major move by the president has seen thousands of trainee nurses express gratitude to the president for such a kind gesture. The spillover effects by the NPP administration will in no doubt be translated to votes in the 2020 elections especially as the beneficiaries of government’s recent policies are mostly persons of voting age.

Meanwhile, the opposition NDC is very confident of recapturing power in the 2020 elections.

YEN.com.gh has reported of how the choice for ex-president Mahama in the 2020 elections could be so key in catapulting them to a possible election victory but as the saying goes, it is just too close to call on has the best footing come this knife-edged election in 2020. * Source: yen .com . gh

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<![CDATA[Winning Election 2020, NDC Decide Its Fate]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 01:14:57 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/10/winning-election-2020-ndc-decide-its-fate.html Franklin Delano Roosevelt said - "An election cannot give a country a firm sense of direction if it had two or more national parties which merely have different names but are as alike in their principles and aims as peas in the same pod"
Source: Andrews Krow / modernghana. com - Democracy requires not only popular participation, but also popular competition. We must also understand democracy is not only a regime in which those who govern are selected through contested elections, but more fundamentally a system of government in which parties lose elections. 
We heard so many attacks and insults after the 2016 elections from some supporters of the opposition NDC who attributed their party's defeat to actions and inactions of their officials. The truth is that however bitter we may feel, the democratic system works best when there is a change of government at reasonable intervals that is why Benjamin Disraeli's dictum that 'no government can long be secure without a formidable opposition' has proved true and fully valid for the healthy and efficiency of a democracy.
The insults and primitive dispositions will not bring back the opposition they will rather complicate the already bad situation. Vigilant and principled opposition is indispensable at this point. For a party that transformed the country in terms of infrastructure, placed the economy on solid foundation and a party that has been steering the statecraft since the beginning of the fourth republic, being in the opposition because of oversized lies told Ghanaians by the Npp will not be an task.

But listening to complaints emanating from the various stables of the party, attitude of some persons party supporters and the former administration reposed confidence in, attitude of some former appointees and some communicators on radio after the defeat, I believe that the defeat is a crucial opportunity for the NDC to put its house in order. But to build a formidable base for the task ahead, there are certain important steps the party should take. In opposition, some of the members including past officers may start dealing clandestinely with the party in power and some may even defect.

We shall continue to see this unfaithfulness and climate of political infidelity because our politics are not built on sound ideological underpinnings though we make loud ideological noise on our platforms. Selfish and groups interest always supersede ideological interest. By elite consensus, political power in Ghana is seen as an avenue to access state resources and no wants to lose out in the power struggle. This attitude is eating deeply into our internal politics.

The result is that selfish and greedy politicians often align themselves with whichever party is in power.That is what Mahatma Gandhi calls 'politics without principle'. Opposition should be a chance to bring fresh ideas , hear critical voices and build up relationships. This is the reason why party faithfuls must vehemently reject those who think some set of old ethos can bring the party back to power and others who think more about occupying positions in the party than building consensus to smoothen the party's movement.

It is time to throw the rascals out. Remember what Sammy Awuku said in opposition that; they will package lies and throw them out vigorously same way the NDC setting the record team did between 2007-2008.

In opposition, communicators have unlimited space to throw out whatever news they think can work for their agenda and they do that fearlessly because they are not accountable to anybody. To measure communicators of the incumbent by what you hear and see the opposition elements say or do is wrong. I monitored an npp rally at Ofankor few days after the sitting President then Barima Mahama inaugurated the Ofankor Ayalolo bus terminal addressed by Sammy Awuku and beloved, I left the place shattered. The young man exhibited extraordinary propaganda skills and released piercing punches which I knew touched emotions. And you know why he spoke at such places and on radio with confidence? It was because was not being haunted by tormenting shadows. Most of people who speak for the party on radio appear weakened by their past associations with the past regime vis-à-vis the ongoing witch hunting operations. They easily get intimidated by government communicators and are afraid to speak vehemently against nefarious activities of the administration. Such persons should step aside for new faces to take over.

The second point is the party staying together as one strong opposition. The party must go back to the drawing board, honestly assess its performance in government and identify its areas of comparative strength and weaknesses. If this is done devoid of blocks interests it will help the party unravel the factors responsible for its poor outing in the 2016 election. This can start from the branches. Most of the executives are going through serious psychological crisis because of the attacks they received from the rank and file after the defeat and because of that, have lost their authority which is dangerous.

The third point is formulation of ideas in opposition. Opposition politics is about ideas, policies and strategies for changing power. Opposition is not just about opposing and criticising, but getting elected. All the jabs on social media, the press conferences, the pictures etc mean nothing without getting into government. This is what those fighting for internal space and those engaged in the primitive blocks formation agenda must know. Under a dictator, being an official of an opposition party is as useless as the word. It is in this light, the NDC will have to assemble a team of experts in different aspects of governance, politics, economics, science, education, health, transport, and business including persons who ideologically are linked to the NDC in that will drive its campaign of ideas. Interest groups , think tanks and consultancies can provide a very valuable resource. They work of these experts many of them who will work from independent disposition, will be identify the failures and loopholes in the policy framework of the ruling party and to propose new ideas for the change the party want to effect. Not to repeat the mistakes that placed the party in opposition, these expert must expand their work to future cost and outcomes of the new policies.

The fourth point it the party's resources. In opposition resources seem scarce because the NDC in opposition does not control the instruments of coercion and the resources of the state. The resources available must be used wisely to avoid over dependence on external support from business magnates and foreign entities which can affect the party when it gets into government. The issue of its relationship with the media and resources to deal with the media is also important. Media management is very crucial to the 2020 dream and opposition politics in general.

Whoever emerges as head of the Party's communication outfit has an enormous task on his shoulders. The person and his deputies must first kill the divisions in the communication outfit. This phenomenon of blocks communication must end with the coming into office of the new team. The party must select well informed communicators, people who will not government communicators and hosts to intimidate them to speak for the party. History provides many examples of communicators who have caused irredeemable havoc to their parties because of utterances that they later come to regret. In opposition politics everyone cannot and should not be allowed to speak on behalf of the party. The race for 2020 has already began, and the determining factor in what direction the political wind sways will be the quality of opposition politics the NDC is going to bring to the table of political participation.

The party must start fishing for its forces in the academia, the lawyers, the accountants etc and must treat them as part of the system not as outsiders. The NDC is a social democratic political organisation not conservatives whose elitism philosophy support the originals and outsiders phenomenon.

My last point is the 'early cracks' and its effect on our communication. The NDC has three years ahead and that must already ring loud in the ears of party supporters and those aspiring to lead the party. The Npp's failure is not an automatic guarantee the NDC's 2020 victory. Corruption in our contemporary times has become the most potent missile the opposition can use to oust the incumbent, or incumbent, to keep the opposition in the political desert hence the need to always stand up as a unit against attempts to denigrate the former administration with baseless corruption.

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<![CDATA[NPP will prepare their handing over notes in 2020 - Asiedu Nketia]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:28:05 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/06/npp-will-prepare-their-handing-over-notes-in-2020-asiedu-nketia.html Source: rainbowradioonline. com - General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has asserted that Ghanaians are already regretting voting the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) into office.
He said, “today, every Ghanaian is denying voting for the NPP because they are overwhelmed with the bad governance.” 

The former legislator was speaking at a mammoth rally held to mark the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the NDC at the Ashaiman Mandela Park. 

Mr. Nketia prophesised that the NPP is heading to a humiliating defeat in 2020 because of the incompetence they are exhibiting. 

“An incompetent president was once given three envelopes to read by a wise man when things became difficult for him. In the first year when things were hard, the envelope had the inscription blame the past government. In the second year when things were even more difficult, the letter in the envelope instructed him to blame the international community.” 

He added “by the third year getting to the fourth, when things were completely out control, the incompetent President opened the envelope only to read prepare your handover notes.” 

“Even projects that have been commissioned are being re-commissioned. Now, they are even blaming the past government for ordering new cars. So don’t be surprised. From now to December, everything will be blamed on the previous government.” 

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