<![CDATA[Ghana Election 2020 - Election 2020 News]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:22:30 -0100Weebly<![CDATA[Sylvester Mensah for 2020 posters pop up]]>Sun, 29 Jan 2017 20:43:01 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/01/sylvester-mensah-for-2020-posters-pop-up.html It is unclear whether the former NHIA boss is indeed considering the flagbearership position of NDC
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Source: classfmonline. com - Posters of Sylvester Mensah have popped up announcing him as the preferred choice of presidential candidate for the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for 2020.

The posters, which bear his photo has the inscription, “Sylvester Mensah, our hope for years to come.”

It also describes the former National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) CEO as “our choice for president 2020.”

It is not clear yet where the posters are coming from, but it is worth recalling that on 7 January 2016, the NDC’s La Dade Kotopon Communication Director, Lawrence Lamptey, hinted
at Mr Mensah’s future presidential ambition during the heat of his arrest and detention by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) for alleged financial malfeasance during his tenure at the NHIS. 
“Mr Sylvester Mensah is a young promising man… he might be thinking of being President…we believe he has a future and his image shouldn’t be dented,” Mr Lamptey told Ekow Mensah Shalders on Class91.3FM’s Executive Breakfast Show on Friday, 7 January when he condemned the former MP’s arrest.

“He has a political future of course… he has been an MP before, he has served in different capacities in the party and other levels, he has also served in government, he is still serving in government, so, he is still young, youthful, and active. He will still be aspiring for bigger positions; definitely, so, if he is eyeing a presidential position, I wouldn’t be shocked at all,” Mr Lamptey said.

Mr Mensah himself had said in that week that no evidence of fraud was established against him, as far as the BNI’s probe into his tenure at the NHIA was concerned.

Mr Mensah, who was also a presidential staffer at the time, said he was confident he will come out of the probe unscathed.

“I have submitted myself to the BNI and I have responded to most of the questions. I’m still waiting for further questions, if they have. As we speak today, what I can assure you of is that of all the discussions that we have had, there is nothing that makes Sylvester Mensah guilty of fraud. The interaction with the BNI has been very cordial. It is their responsibility, they have a duty, it is within their mandate to undertake that exercise, and I have submitted myself to them and I can assure you that we are going to end this exercise without any scratch,” the former La Dade Kotopon MP told angry party members and fans in the constituency Thursday 6 Janaury.

He made those comments after NDC supporters in the constituency locked up all party offices and ceased all party activity in protest to the probe which Mr Mensah was subjected to at the time.

A court ordered on Thursday 6 January that all bank accounts of the former legislator be frozen until investigations into alleged financial malfeasance levelled against him were over. The order was given by the Accra Financial and Economic court.

It followed an ex-parte application made by the Financial Intelligence Centre, which serves as a national centre for the receipt and analysis of: (a) suspicious transaction reports; and (b) other information relevant to money laundering, associated predicate offences and financing of terrorism.

He was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing.

<![CDATA[Nduom’s son set to lead PPP in 2020]]>Wed, 04 Jan 2017 20:48:58 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/01/nduoms-son-set-to-lead-ppp-in-2020.html Full-fledged investigations have found evidence that three-time failed presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom is desperately persuading his son, Nana Kweku Nduom to take up the leadership mantle of the PPP.
Picture, Nana Kweku Nduom in a pose with his father, Dr Papa Kwesi NduomNana Kweku Nduom & Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom
Close associates of Dr Nduom say the property mogul sees his eldest son as his ‘political heir’ and has never concealed that during party meetings.

Dr Nduom believes Nana Kweku has arduously worked his way up to position himself as the future leader of the party and thus stands a better chance of steering the affairs of a political party he has sunk millions into over the years.

Dr Nduom’s considerable investment into the PPP to become a third force on Ghana’s political landscape has largely been described by his critics a “waste of time” and demanded he channels his vast resources to one of the established political party, where his political dream could become a reality.

PPP’s electoral performance

After being compelled to take the hard decision of quitting the CPP, Dr Nduom formed the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) in an audacious move to be relevant in Ghana’s politics.

After securing its final certificate from the Electoral Commission, the PPP contested the general elections with Dr Nduom as its presidential candidate.

Despite the relentless and much financed campaign, the PPP only secured a meager 64,362 of the total valid votes cast representing 0.59% of the votes. 

The party repeated its third position in the 2016 elections by after romping home with 105,682, which represented 1% of the total valid votes.

Profile of Nana Kweku Nduom 

Nana Kweku Nduom is Vice President, Business Development and Finance, at Groupe Nduom, responsible for guiding GN member companies through the development and execution of their operational and financial goals. 

By focusing on the timely collection and analysis of high-quality data, Kweku is helping ensure that employees at all levels of each member company have the information they need to make decisions that are in line with GN’s core values.

Mr. Nduom is a 4th-year doctoral student (ABD) in the International Business Department at the George Washington University School of Business. He earned his BA (Economics/Finance) from Princeton University in 2000 and his MBA in (Entrepreneurship/Healthcare Management) from the Wharton School of Business in 2006. 

Kweku’s research interests include the impact of migrants, their descendants, and other diasporans on institutions in their countries of origin. 

Kweku has worked in the Finance industry for over 10 years at firms including Marsh and McLennan, Merrill Lynch, GE Capital, and Coconut Grove Hotels (based in Accra, Ghana). He is an active member of Toastmasters International. * Source: asempanews.com 

<![CDATA[I will not contest in 2020 - Mahama]]>Wed, 04 Jan 2017 01:03:28 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/01/i-will-not-contest-in-2020-mahama.html Source: atinkaonline. com - President John Dramani Mahama seems to have put a stone in the works of those clamouring for him to contest for the 2020 slot of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). Speaking to a group of close associates, the President said whilst he is humbled, he has decided not to consider putting himself up for the NDC’s 2020 slot.
Early J Mahama for President 2020 poster...
This definitive statement is likely to pour cold water on two recent statements by two leading members of the party that he (Mahama) would be persuaded to contest for the NDC’s 2020 slot. The first was the Minister of Sports and Member of Parliament (MP) for Odododiodoo, Nii Lante Vanderpuije in an interview on Starr 103.FM. The second was by the NDC’s 2016 campaign co-ordinator, Mr. Kofi Adams on Asempa FM.

I Will Mobilise Mahama 2020 Comeback - Kofi Adams

The 2016 campaign coordinator of the failed president John Mahama re-election bid, Kofi Adams has stated that he would reject a decision by the outgoing president not to contest in the 2020 presidential race.

President Mahama lost in last year’s presidential race at the hands of Nana Akufo-Addo, the leader of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Mahama polled 4,713,277 votes representing 44.40% of the total votes cast as against Akufo-Addo’s 5,716,026 votes representing 53.85%.

That notwithstanding, Mr. Adams said he expects the president to make a comeback in 2020 adding that he would be hurt should the president do otherwise.

“If he decides not to run for elections, I will be disappointed…I will mobilise people against that,” he said on Asempa FM.

NDC Will Force Mahama To Contest Election 2020 - Vanderpuije

The Minister of Sports Nii Lante Vanderpuije has served notice President John Mahama will return as the National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate in the 2020 elections, despite a humiliating defeat in the December polls.

Speaking on personality profile show – Starr Chat – on Starr 103.5 FM, Mr. Vanderpuije stressed Mahama will be “forced” by party members to stage a comeback because he is the obvious choice to lead the outgoing NDC government.

“We’ll force John Mahama to go,” the MP for Odododiodoo told his host Bola Ray. The outspoken and controversial lawmaker is optimistic his boss will be on the ballot again in four years’ time, adding there is no way his running mate Kwesi Amissah-Arthur will contest if Mahama declines.

“If John Mahama will not go, Amissah-Arthur will not go,” Mr. Vanderpuije was emphatic, noting that a reverse decision by the outgoing vice president will be a “betrayal” of his boss. President Mahama lost the 2016 elections by a shocking 1.5 million votes difference to veteran opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo, who polled 53%. He becomes the first sitting President under the Fourth Republic to have tasted defeat. The president-elect will be sworn in come January 7, 2017.

In the event Mahama refuses to contest the next elections, Mr. Vanderpuije could not place his bet on former flagbearer hopeful, Ekow Spio-Garbrah, 63, arguing age has caught up with him. He believes the party may consider a young and vibrant candidate and also ruled out outgoing chief of staff Julius Debrah.

“Julius Debrah will not go, I know him. He is my former boss. He would have given me a hint,” Mr. Vanderpuije opined.

He has, however, sent a note of caution to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to “watch out” because the NDC is going to “correct our mistakes and comeback like ‘kakai’”.

<![CDATA[I’ll be disappointed if Mahama doesn’t run in 2020 - Kofi Adams]]>Tue, 03 Jan 2017 01:07:40 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/01/ill-be-disappointed-if-mahama-doesnt-run-in-2020-kofi-adams.html Source; classfmonline. com - The National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has indicated he will do all he can to ensure President John Mahama contests the 2020 elections.
Even though critics have urged the outgoing president to give up his ambitions to contest again for the presidency, Mr. Adams holds a different opinion, insisting that Mr. Mahama is the best that the party possesses.

He told Kwadwo Asare-Baffour Acheampong on Asempa FM’s ‘Ekosii Sen’ on Tuesday January 3 that he will not agree to a decision by Mr. Mahama not to contest again.

“If he decides not to run for elections, I will be disappointed…I will mobilise people against that,” he stated.

For Mr. Adams, the outgoing president represents the NDC’s best chances of returning to power in 2020 when the next general elections will be held.

<![CDATA[Mahama won’t contest in 2020 - Stephen Atubiga]]>Sat, 31 Dec 2016 22:37:28 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2016/12/mahama-wont-contest-in-2020-stephen-atubiga.html Source: ultimatefmonline. com - A member of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) Communications Team, Stephen Atubiga has categorically stated President John Dramani Mahama will not be seeking the mandate of Ghanaians in 2020 on the ticket of the party if the conduct of some elements remain same.
According to him, measures should be put in place to eschew the betrayal and disgrace that the party subjected the president to in the just ended parliamentary and presidential elections.

“JDM will not contest till we put a lot of things in place to avoid another betrayal and humiliation”, he said.

In his view, many party members have been left hungry, neglected and jobless for long especially the grassroots questioning how the party will be able to bring all on board ahead of the 2020 elections.
“We should be worried about who are going to lead the party from national level to regional down to constituency level. We should be worried about our founding fathers stance in the party, their loyalty and support for JDM 2020. 

Who is going to be his running mate and what impact is he or she bringing on board? How are we going to fund the party especially going to opposition, NDC has been going through financial crises till date. What language or massage do we have for the grassroots to continue working on empty stomach? How are we going to empower our media and those who go on radio and TV to project the party? 

We have failed 100% for not taking care of them and their condition is very bad, some can’t put food on the table not talking of transport to the stations. Who are those to manage JDM? 

His campaign team should cut across all levels, meaning regional balance foot soldiers, people that are accommodative ,accessible, humble, charismatic, and those that have a history of looking out for the welfare of members when they had opportunity in government”

<![CDATA[NDC might not recover in time for 2020 elections - Rawlings]]>Sat, 31 Dec 2016 17:18:01 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2016/12/ndc-might-not-recover-in-time-for-2020-elections-rawlings.html “Ladies and gentlemen, if we all don’t do some careful introspection and openly show remorse for the betrayal of the people’s trust, we might recover in time for the next elections.” 
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Source: 3news. com - Former President Jerry John Rawlings has lashed out at the present crop of leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), wondering how he has been made a “scapegoat” for the massive defeat the party suffered in the December 7 elections. 

He has, therefore, called for “some careful introspection” in order to get the party he founded back on track before the next general elections. 
Former President Rawlings expressed these sentiments on Saturday, December 31 when he joined hundreds of sympathizers to mark the 35th anniversary of the December 31 Revolution. 

The revolution saw the ousting of the Dr Hilla Limann government, which had ruled from 1979. 

‘Silver platter’ 

Speaking at the wreath-laying and parade ceremony at the Revolutionary Square in Accra, the first president of the Fourth Republic said the NDC delivered victory to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2016 elections virtually on a silver platter. 

“With the passage of time, they took the silver platter from us,” he conceded. “We put up a hard fight.” 

He said this was as a result of the infiltration of the rank and file of the NDC by a few “selfish and greedy characters”. 

“There were some good people but the leadership and the command structure did not empower them to override those who were acting evil.” 

His observed that the party was over-concentrated on the seeming division within the NPP, which he said had not trickled down to their grassroots. 

“How very wrong could we be!” 

He said the party was just strewn with greed and avarice from some “evil-nurtured” persons who flung away the principles of probity, integrity and accountability. 

“If the masses knew some of the detrimental effect about the greed and avarice perpetrated by some of our own, they will never forgive us. Examples abound around us. 

“Ladies and gentlemen, if we all don’t do some careful introspection and openly show remorse for the betrayal of the people’s trust, we might recover in time for the next elections.” 

‘Moral high ground’

He admonished the leadership of the party to return to the moral high ground on which the party was built. 

“The oppressive machinery will not desert us voluntarily. We need not shrink from honestly facing the conditions in our party and country today. 

This is the time to preeminently speak the whole truth frankly and courageously. 

He expressed belief that “this time around our people have seen through it and will embark on the right step to regain our moral high ground. The moral high ground that we abandoned and on which the new leader is now standing”. 

He said the NDC has the capability to return to that ground but it must be instigated by the silent minority.

<![CDATA[Mahama not destined to become president again – Owusu Bempah]]>Fri, 30 Dec 2016 15:45:43 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2016/12/mahama-not-destined-to-become-president-again-owusu-bempah.html “I will urge the NDC to stop considering the President for 2020 because he won’t win and can never win an election again. Those campaigning for him to be brought back should stop because if they succeed in getting him lead the NDC in 2020, NDC will lose again and they will be in opposition for a long time,”
Source: adomonline. com - The founder and leader of the Glorious Word and Power Ministry International, Rev Isaac Owusu Bempah has said that the outgoing President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama has no chance of leading the country any more.
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The controversial Prophet in an exclusive interview on Adom TV’S Pampas Programme Thursday night said the President who lost in the 2016 elections stands no chance of leading Ghana once more.

“President Mahama can never lead Ghana again, I like him but the truth that God has revealed to me is that he cannot become the President of Ghana again. He is done with his job and God rejected him even before the 2016 elections...,” he said.

President Mahama who was sworn in to complete the unfinished term of Prof John Mills who died barely six months to the end of his term in 2012 was elected President of the country in the 2012 elections.

His bid to seek re-election in 2016 hit a snag when he could only garner 44.4% of valid votes cast as against Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s 53.8%.

The President conceded defeat leading to the declaration of Akufo-Addo as the President-elect. Transition is currently ongoing and he would be sworn into office on January 7th, 2017.

Executives of the NDC have instituted a committee to investigate what led to the loss of the party which had campaigned on massive infrastructure development. 

Before the report of the committee would be out, some elements in the NDC have started campaigning for the President to be re-elected to contest the 2020 elections on the ticket of the NDC. 

The man of God who predicted victory for the NPP has however called on the JM 2020 crusaders to halt their efforts and look for another candidate to support in the party. 

“I will urge the NDC to stop considering the President for 2020 because he won’t win and can never win an election again. Those campaigning for him to be brought back should stop because if they succeed in getting him lead the NDC in 2020, NDC will lose again and they will be in opposition for a long time,” he counselled.

Asked why the President has been rejected by God to lead Ghana again, Rev Isaac Owusu Bempah said President Mahama has ‘blood stains on his hands.’

“In the run up to the 2016 elections, I had a vision of President Mahama in chains – on his neck, legs and on his hands. The seat of the President has been turned up side down to show that it was empty and that a successor was required...so I knew the President would lose the 2016 elections and that is why I was confident about my prophecies,” he said.

<![CDATA[Create fund to cater for 2020 elections now – Terkper to incoming gov’t]]>Mon, 26 Dec 2016 18:58:27 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2016/12/create-fund-to-cater-for-2020-elections-now-terkper-to-incoming-govt.html “We need to plan around these things. This year we planned to do the releases for the election based on the calendar that was prepared right from the beginning of the year, beginning with capital expenditure like the equipment that we saw..” 
Election 2020, Create fund to cater for 2020 elections now , Terkper to incoming gov’t
Source: citifmonline. com - Finance Minister Seth Terkper has made some proposals to the incoming Nana Akufo-Addo administration to consider setting up a fund to finance the 2020 general elections ahead of time.
According to him, such a move will reduce the financial pressure that government faces in an election year, since election expenditure is financially intensive.
Speaking to journalists in Accra, Mr. Terkper who disclosed that he has already made the proposal to the transition team explained that, the out-going government had to start planning for the 2016 election expenditure at the beginning of the year to enable its smooth execution.

“The expenditure was incorporated in the targets that was set for 2016 even though they were extra ordinary if you compare the Electoral Commission (EC) budget with an election year with a non election year, you will agree with me that the election year budget will be higher,” he said.

He stated that the inability to set aside funds to executive such financially intensive programmes was the cause of overspending and sometimes, under-spending which may affect the quality of the elections.

“The point I made was that there was no dispensation for the fact that it was an election year compared to last year which wasn’t an election year so the two budgets would be different,” he stressed.

“May be the lesson will be for the country to make provision of an annual basis through the four years in meeting certain expenditures and setting aside some funds so that we do not load a single year on total expenditure for conducting an election,” he added.

Touching on how that would improve election financing, Mr. Terkper stated that it will also help any government in power to adequately finance the district assembly elections that is held every two years.

“May be that will be a better or an improvement to the way we finance our elections. And in between there is the district elections so at least we have two year cycle”.

“We need to plan around these things. This year we planned to do the releases for the election based on the calendar that was prepared right from the beginning of the year, beginning with capital expenditure like the equipment that we saw,” he noted.

He disclosed that government released the funds upfront and early so that the EC can procure its equipment ahead of time.

“We did not put the expenditure close to the actual date of the election and then do a programme which we did with the EC for training and others closer to the elections and then in between we did releases for materials for printing and others”.

“The phenomenon used to be to push heavily sometimes up to 80 percent very close to the conduct of the elections . But I am suggesting that instead of taking an annual view as we did with the EC this year may be we should take a four-year view,” he suggested.

<![CDATA[NDC Supporters Urged Not To Be Discouraged]]>Sun, 25 Dec 2016 23:22:34 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2016/12/ndc-supporters-urged-not-to-be-discouraged.html Although the NDC-administration under President John Dramani Mahama performed creditably to deserve another term, the party had accepted the results in good faith and would mobilise its members to re-capture political power in 2020.
Source: GNA - Mr. Japheth Baidoo, Western Regional Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has urged party supporters and sympathisers not to be deterred by the electoral defeat, but work extra hard to make the party attractive.
He noted that the results of the 2016 polls were not anticipated and some NDC followers had not recovered from the electoral defeat. Mr Baidoo said this in Sekondi on Monday at a press conference to respond to claims by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) regional executives that there were anomalies in the results announced by the Electoral Commission from five constituencies in the region.

He alleged that the NPP regional executives were making those claims just to attract the attention of the President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo, in order for him to acknowledge their efforts and probably appoint them into his government.

It would be recalled that the Regional Secretary of the NPP, Mr Charles Bissue, recently told the media that the party would challenge the parliamentary results in five constituencies in court because the results declared by the EC did not tally with theirs.

They include the results from Aowin, Wassa Amenfi Central, Ellembelle, Suaman and Wassa East constituencies.

He said although the NDC-administration under President John Dramani Mahama performed creditably to deserve another term, the party had accepted the results in good faith and would mobilise its members to re-capture political power in 2020.

He entreated the rank and file of the party to refrain from the blame-game and misguided comments that could divide its front, saying, “You should be cautious with the kind of comments you make in the media so that it does not create rancour in the party”.

Mr Baidoo, who was also in-charge of the party’s operations for the 2016 elections, took responsibility for the party’s defeat in the region.

The NDC lost grounds in the parliamentary election which saw its parliamentary seats reduced from 18 to10 while the NPP’s seat increased from eight to 16.

When asked about an alleged misappropriation of election funds by the party’s campaign team, he said the team utilised the resources allocated to it judiciously and, therefore, dismissed claims that the grassroots supporters of the party did not get their fair share of the resources.

<![CDATA[All is not lost, NDC will bounce back 2020 – Amissah-Arthur]]>Tue, 20 Dec 2016 20:01:28 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2016/12/all-is-not-lost-ndc-will-bounce-back-2020-amissah-arthur.html Source: starrfmonline. com - Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has said the NDC is not dead and can bounce back in 2020.
Speaking at the one week celebration of the demise of Yaw Asiedu, the party’s election director at the party’s regional office in Cape Coast, Mr. Amissah-Arthur urged supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to allow the death of their regional elections officer end all hostilities in the party.
According to him, though the election defeat was a great shock to the party, “all is not lost yet”.

“When the elections result came in, most of us didn’t understand it until the death of Yaw Asiedu. Most NDC supporters are in doors and saddened to come out,” he said.

He, however, expressed satisfaction at the turnout at the one week celebration of the late Asiedu.

“Though Yaw Asiedu is gone, God will replace Yaw Asiedu with 10 times his type, he worked diligently and we thank God for blessing us with someone like Yaw Asiedu”.