<![CDATA[Ghana Election 2020 - Election 2020 News]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 02:49:30 -0100Weebly<![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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<![CDATA[NPP Chairman Wontumi targets 1.5 million votes in 2020 in Ashanti region]]>Wed, 24 May 2017 17:30:16 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/05/npp-chairman-wontumi-targets-15-million-votes-in-2020-in-ashanti-region.html Source: citifmonline. com - The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has revealed plans of garnering 1.5 million votes in the region in the 2020 general elections. Bernard Antwi Boasiako, also known as Chairman Wontumi, said he will not relent on his efforts at making the NPP-led administration popular among residents in the region. 
He revealed this during his tour of all constituencies in the region, in appreciation of the work done by various party Chairmen and party executives during the 2016 general elections. 

The Regional Chairman of the ruling party in a bid to make the party popular has therefore admonished the various MMDCEs and party chairmen to educate respective residents on government’s plans and policies. 

Emphasizing the need to educate the people, he said: “planting for food and Agriculture has come to stay. It is your duty as the Municipal Chief Executive to speak to the people, empower them, farming is not for the poor man, it is lucrative, encourage them. If you’re a chief executive, it doesn’t mean you should sit only in the office, go out to the people, you’re here because of them.” He further indicated that “if the Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo government will succeed, it will depend on all of us.” 

The Regional Chairman gave each party executive a letter of appreciation signed by His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo and the Party’s Acting Chairman, Freddie Blay. 

Bernard Antwi Boasiako is also expected to meet all confirmed MMDCEs and party executives.

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<![CDATA[NDC 2020: Joshua Alabi denies endorsing any candidate]]>Wed, 24 May 2017 17:15:54 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/05/ndc-2020-joshua-alabi-denies-endorsing-any-candidate.html Source: 3news. com - Former National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament and one of the frontrunners in the party’s presidential race Professor Joshua Alabi has categorically rejected claims that he has endorsed a candidate for the 2020 contest. 
The former minister of state, Professor Alabi says reports making rounds in the media about him endorsing Former President John Mahama are misleading as they are messages of solidarity for the former NDC leader prior to the 2016 polls. 

But after the elections, he says what he has said about Mr Mahama is that the results of the 2016 elections should be seen as the voice of the people and “the voice of the people is the voice of God”.

The former Vice Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) further added that he would soon make his position known over the party’s presidential primary after the restructuring process is completed. 

The NDC cadre said his fans and supporters should remain calm over the recent reports. 

He said those spreading false reports about him endorsing any potential candidate should desist from such action and rather help in building the party to return to power in 2020.

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<![CDATA[NDC must re-organise, re-strategise for 2020 - Kofi Buah]]>Tue, 23 May 2017 17:37:33 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/05/ndc-must-re-organise-re-strategise-for-2020-kofi-buah.html Source: thefinderonline. com - The Member of Parliament for Ellembelle Constituency in the Western Region, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah has charged sympathisers of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to re-organise the rank and file of the party re-strategise in opposition and offer Ghanaians renewed confidence and hope ahead of 20-20 general elections.
The next elections in the country is three years away, but Mr Buah is of the view the NDC requires serious commitment from members and Ghanaians, particularly those who felt the positive impact of the eight years governance offered by the party in order to form the next government after 2020.

He said the party remains the surest alternative to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and, therefore, elements within its fold must prepare adequately ahead of the next polls. 

Addressing members of the Tertiary Institutional Networks of the NDC (TEIN) at University of Cape coast in the Central Region, Kofi Buah said the youth wing of NDC, which includes the various branches of TEIN across the country, holds the key to unlock the party's next electoral fortunes
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He said the future of the party hinges on how organised the youth are in order to position the party to make it attractive to the Ghanaian electorate. 

"You can become the voices of hope for Ghana again. You are the eyes of the future. Together with your support, this country will move forward".

The MP, who served in various capacities during the previous administration, explained that though the painful defeat suffered by the NDC is still hard to contain, the Ghanaian electorate, who gave the NPP the opportunity to govern, are keenly watching their performance.

"Ghanaians are just watching the NPP to self destruct and they will fall on the NDC again, because we believe in Ghana and have always considered Ghana first in our governance".
According to him, the several promises the NPP made to influence the voting pattern to its favour in the 2016 general elections will soon expose the government. "Many of these promises are unrealistic and untenable," he noted. 

Consequently, he appealed to the rank and file of the party to work towards consolidating the support base of the NDC, and improve upon the party's fortunes to make the next elections a done deal.

The chairman for the occasion, Prince B Koomson, who was enthused about the turnout, urged the students to rededicate themselves to activities of the party.

“Don’t feel any sense of embarrassment that the NDC is in opposition"
He called for unity of purpose among members, renewed sense of loyalty, saying all TEIN members ought to constantly respond positively to matters affecting the party.

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<![CDATA[Allow Mahama decide on 2020 elections - CenProg]]>Tue, 23 May 2017 17:34:04 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/05/allow-mahama-decide-on-2020-elections-cenprog.html Source: CENTER FOR PROGRESSIVE GOVERNANCE (CenProG) - The Centre for Progressive Governance (CenProG) has added its voice to the argument of whether former president 
John Dramani Mahama should contest for president for the NDC in the 2020 General Elections. * Read below Press Release;
22/05/17

CENTER FOR PROGRESSIVE GOVERNANCE (CenProG)

Credible and Accountable Opposition: The Way FORWARD for the NDC

The Center for Progressive Governance (CenProG) having followed closely happenings in the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), in the aftermath of their loss in the 2016 general elections, and the possible effect on Ghana's democracy, has done an assessment on the way forward for the party.

The assessment takes a look at certain factors that have the possibility of affecting the party's electoral fortunes and then CenProG provides a verdict based on findings from a research conducted after the NDC lost the elections.

The CenProG assessment on the way forward for the NDC is as follows:

1. JOHN MAHAMA'S SECOND TERM BID

CenProG agrees with a section of the NDC supporters that former President John Mahama represents their best chance in the 2020 elections but disagrees strongly that no one should contest him in the party's presidential primaries. A healthy internal contest will be a win-win situation for the NDC because it will dispel the notion being pushed by the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) that the NDC is short of Presidential material hence their over reliance on John Mahama. President John Mahama travelling to meet with the grassroots to canvass for their votes will be good for both his presidential candidature and the spirit of the grassroots and so going unopposed in the party's primary should be the last thing the NDC pushes for.

There is also a section of the NDC supporters who believe that John Mahama should not run for the Presidency again and allow for a fresh face. CenProG believes these calls are genuine if the NDC is looking beyond the 2020 elections.

CenProG's verdict: The decision to contest the party's primaries should solely be left to President John Mahama to take. No persons or group of persons should force such a decision on the former President, for the consequences will be dire in whichever case. The NDC should try to conduct a healthy primary and not be too worried about who or who doesn't emerge as flagbearer.

2. THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE PARTY

The Executive Committee from Constituency to National have tried without success to absolve themselves of blame for the NDC's electoral defeat. The NDC must collectively accept the blame for the loss and their executives played varied roles in that. The use of the biometric register for the party's presidential and parliamentary primaries was not thought through as evident by the number of parliamentary seats they lost. The NDC should have piloted with the presidential primary because their candidate was going unopposed and stuck to their very tried and tested delegate system for the parliamentary primaries. Using an untried system heading into a crucial election left them exposed and with little time to correct the flaws.

CenProG also noted that the NDC prioritized some parliamentary seats over the Presidential elections and hence the reluctance to send resources to certain constituencies. The worst of it was the unwillingness of certain constituencies and regions to facilitate the travelling of voters from their constituencies/regions to others because they were fixated on only helping people who were coming to vote in their constituencies/regions.

CenProG rejects the claims of neglect being used as a defence for their inefficiency by some executives of the NDC. The party gave birth to the government so it is a clear admission of failure if an executive's defence for his/her inefficiency is the neglect by government. How then is this executive going to be of help to the NDC in opposition?

CenProG's Verdict: Most of the NDC's executives have no business leading the party and so the party should take steps to bring on-board very committed and competent hands if they are to return to power anytime soon. Wholesale changes of executives may be required in certain constituencies but the party must strike the right balance between new and experienced faces. The power to amend the NDC's constitution is vested in Congress and so any such amendments should give the executives more powers rather than make them weaker. CenProG advise that the party's National Executive Committee (NEC), going forward, should exercise all discretionary powers devoid of biases.

3. THE PARTY'S FOUNDER

The NDC's constitution is very clear under article 6 as to who the founder of the party is. Former President Rawlings continues to enjoy a lot of support from members of the NDC but lately he has had to swallow his own bitter pill of 'Positive Defiance' from most of the people whose support he has enjoyed over the years. Both the NDC and former President Rawlings need each other and CenProG believes it is in both their interest to bury the hatchet and look for the way forward.

Some utterances of the party's founder especially in the last elections did not augur well for the NDC. Coming from someone considered to be an inside man, his comments carried weight and the NPP rightfully made good use of any such commentary by President Rawlings. However, Mr Rawlings must note that his relevance in Ghana's politics is tied to the survival of the NDC with or without him and so whatever affects the NDC directly or indirectly affects him. His inability to call National Council meetings due to his stance and relationship with members of the council of which he is chairman should send a signal to him that he ought to change some of his ways.

CenProG's Verdict: The NDC can win elections with or without Rawlings if only President Rawlings is not all over the place trying to run down his own party. CenProG advises the NDC to amend its constitution to allow for National Council members to elect a chairman with a defined tenure rather than the founder being the lifelong chairman. So that there would be a body in place to arbitrate between the founder and party whenever the need arises.

The party should take steps in the meantime to mend their relationship with the former President so that he is measured in his attacks against his party. On the other hand, President Rawlings should take a cue from President Kufuor in how the latter handles issues, with regards to his party, in public.

4. THE PARTY'S IMAGE

The NDC would like us all to believe it is a social Democratic party and that it is the party for the ordinary folks. In recent times, however, the party is only socialist by mouth but not by deed as most of the upcoming members of the party do not even know the tenets of socialism. An NDC Government no longer pursues vigorous pro poor policies and so the socialist claims no longer sell.

The NDC has also subconsciously ceded being elites to the NPP as if being an elite is a bad thing. The NPP has gradually equated being an elite to being a literate and/or more intelligent and so more and more graduates/students feel much more comfortable aligning to the NPP. For a socialist party, being considered as 'ordinary' would ideally be a good thing but the 'ordinary' parent/grandparent is more likely to be swayed by the 'elite' son or daughter. This has contributed enormously to the massive good will the NPP enjoys from Ghanaians.

The NDC's continuous and seemingly endless banter with the media, civil society and even some religious leaders have not augured well for the NDC's electoral fortunes because there are a good number of people who are of the view that this group of people hold objective views and so any attempt to discredit them would rather end up spiting their unrepentant followers.

CenProG's Verdict: The NDC should commit resources to the establishment of their proposed party school so that they can really impart socialism into their members to ensure that the party demonstrates socialism by deeds. CenProG admonishes the NDC to make good use of their large pool of professionals in various fields to make it attractive to graduates/students. This can be done by encouraging such professionals to take up leading roles in the party going forward.

The NDC must be committed to accommodating the views of some religious leaders and rather not fire salvos in return. They can gradually work overtly and covertly to win the sympathy of these people especially in opposition. The same approach should be adopted in dealing with civil society groups and the media.

Conclusion

After CenProG's assessment of the 100 days of President Akufo-Addo's government, not a lot has changed and so the NDC could be on its way to the Presidency if they put their house in order.

It is CenProG's believe that the best path to reclaiming power from the NPP is for the NDC to provide credible and accountable opposition.

God Bless our homeland Ghana and make it GREAT and STRONG.

Signed

Sawadogo Mahmoud Executive Secretary, CenProG 0504607005

Mallam Yahya Mohammed Executive Director, CenProG

Cc: The National Democratic Congress (NDC)

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<![CDATA[Mahama’s traitors should pick next NDC flag bearer – Mzbel]]>Sat, 20 May 2017 17:55:35 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/05/mahamas-traitors-should-pick-next-ndc-flag-bearer-mzbel.html Source: classfmonline. com - - Controversial musician Mzbel has advised former President John Dramani Mahama against contesting the 2020 polls.

It is uncertain if Mr Mahama will make a return to frontline politics after his heavy defeat to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the December 2016 election.
However, the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the party Mr Mahama led into the election, are divided on who to lead them.

While some argue Mr Mahama will be the best candidate for the 2020 polls, others are of the opinion he should make way for a fresh face to lead the party.

Mr Mahama has, however, not declared his intent but has said the dynamics of the times will produce the right leader.

But in a Facebook post, the 16 Years hit maker who campaigned vigorously for Mr Mahama ahead of the polls in 2016, advised him not to contest.

“Hmmm so soon people are already asking for u to return in 2020... Medi? I'm really against that! I don’t support cos I believe u should rise above the betrayal and pettiness of Ghanaian politics. U have been accepted by the international community as a spokesman for Africa. Daddy please don't descend into the Ghanaian gutter. Let those who betrayed you come up with their flag bearer,” she posted.
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<![CDATA[NPP replicating NDC's mistakes - Atik Mohammed]]>Fri, 19 May 2017 18:01:53 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/05/npp-replicating-ndcs-mistakes-atik-mohammed.html Source: kasapafmonline. com - The General Secretary of the Peoples National Convention (PNC) Atik Mohammed, has said the Nana Akufo Addo governing will sink itself soon, if it continues commiting avoidable mistakes and courting problems for itself.
According to him, the government has set itself for destruction and it appears the NPP will want to take it’s 5 months in office to repeat the grave mistakes which the NDC took 8 years in power to commit.

The PNC Chief Scribe was commenting on the Attorney General’s Department in Kumasi’s decision to discontinue a case in which 8 members of the pro ruling NPP, Vigilante group, Delta Force were standing trial for freeing their 13 colleagues from lawful custody.

The suspects were freed by Kumasi Circuit Court 2, on May, 17, 2017 as the AG’s Department advised that there was not enough evidence to prosecute them in the case of assault on a public officer and three other charges leveled against them.

They attacked the court, intimidated the judge and freed 13 suspects who were at the time standing trial for attacking the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator.

The discharge of the 8 suspects has generated huge public uproar with a section claiming the government is behind their release.

Speaking on Peace FM, Atik Mohammed called for the rearrest of the suspects over their reprehensible action saying Ghanaians cannot allow such blot on our history books.

He added that the NPP government has committed several mistakes in its short stay in power, most of which are avoidable.

“I’m worried about certain things happening under this Akufo Addo government. I was vehement against the administration of the NDC government because I thought they were not giving Ghanaians what we bargained for. I think that it took the NDC 8 years to get to that messy point where Ghanaians decided that we can’t tolerate you anymore. But it appears the NPP with what is happening now, as if they want to compact what happened under the NDC in 8 years in 4 months. One day it is either one mess or the other…one crisis or the other, I just can’t understand what is going on. I have strong believe in the President that he means well for this country, his appointees should help him do what he promised Ghanaians.

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<![CDATA[NPP has been lying to Ghanaians from day one – George Loh]]>Thu, 18 May 2017 18:12:03 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/05/npp-has-been-lying-to-ghanaians-from-day-one-george-loh.html Source: atinkaonline. com - Former Member of Parliament for North Dayi, George Loh, has accused the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) of lying to Ghanaians right from day one.

Speaking with Ekourba Gyasi on Atinka AM Drive Wednesday, George Loh said what the NPP told Ghanaians prior to the elections concerning the Free SHS is different from what the party is trying to implement.
He added that the NPP has resorted to lies knowing that they have failed to execute the free SHS policy. According to George Loh, the NPP promised Ghanaians that their administration would embark on a vigorous programme to ensure all 4 year-olds attain kindergarten education.

He added that the NPP also promised to prioritize the training of early childhood and kindergarten teachers to reflect the importance attached to the educational sector as well as an equal opportunity for children of all backgrounds.

“So if today the Minister of Education is telling us a different story then what is he trying to tell us, then they are blatant liars. NPP has specialized in the act of telling lies”, he concluded.

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<![CDATA[Mahama will fail NDC again – Lord Hamah]]>Thu, 18 May 2017 18:10:21 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/05/mahama-will-fail-ndc-again-lord-hamah.html Source: todaygh. com - LORD HAMAH, an outspoken National Democratic Congress (NDC) member, has said the largest opposition NDC can gamble on former President Mahama for the 2020 agenda, but it is at the party’s own risk.

He said it would be delusional for anybody to think that Mahama could snatch power from the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2020 elections.
“John Mahama is a leader who is not popular. All those who are asking him to come back, they are all big names and appointees. No popular youth organization in any constituency or region has come for him; No ordinary person within the party, from ordinary people’s organizations are asking for him to come back,” he told host Fiifi Banson on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 FM.

He said about 98 percent of NDC members who have so far declared support for him[Mahama] are persons in the upper-class range, who are alienated from the real conditions of the Ghanaian society.

Mr Hamah, claimed a handful of the ordinary supporters who are perhaps clamoring for his come back are “just manipulated organs by these forces…who cannot even convince themselves why the former President should run again.”

It is predicted that Mr Mahama will have soft grounds running for the Presidency again in NDC party, although such claims often made by appointees of his government.

Mr. Mahama had reportedly met several power brokers in the NDC in recent times and was able to convince them to rally behind him so that his dream of becoming the NDC flag-bearer again would be a foregone conclusion.

Reports were rife that the ex-president went to Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital, in a private jet last Sunday where he was alleged to have held secret meetings with several top guns in the NDC about his intention of running for the presidency again.

However, persons within his [Mahama] circles have denied the media reports making rounds.

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<![CDATA[NDC could be in opposition till 2029 if Mahama returns – Political scientist]]>Thu, 18 May 2017 18:06:54 GMThttp://ghanaelection2020.ghanaweb-news.com/1/post/2017/05/ndc-could-be-in-opposition-till-2029-if-mahama-returns-political-scientist.html Source: 3news. com - The National Democratic Congress (NDC) could languish in opposition until the 2028 general elections if they elect former president John Dramani Mahama as presidential candidate, a Political Science Lecturer has opined. 
Dr Isaac Owusu Mensah explains that the former president’s chances of returning to the presidency is slim even if he wins his party’s presidential primary. 

Speaking in an interview with www.3news.com, Dr Owusu Mensah suggests that the opposition NDC will be better off electing a new face to lead the party in the next elections. 

He said the likes Professor Joshua Alabi and Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah will perform better than Former President Mahama. 

As regards Prof Alabi, the political scientist, who predicted a win for the New Patriotic Party’s Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo prior to the December 7, 2016 elections, said the former NDC lawmaker’s underground activities coupled with his academic credentials put him in good standing. 

“He is a cadre and that constituency is very strong [within the NDC],” he said on Thursday, May 18. 

Dr Owusu Mensah maintains that Prof Alabi’s transformation of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) from his days as Rector to Vice Chancellor gives him another advantage especially as he has kept his relationship with the grassroots of the party. 

“I will say for now he is a formidable candidate on his own,” he stated, pointing out how his tribe could also be a plus for him since the NDC is yet to be led by a Ga. 

For Dr Spio-Garbrah, Dr Owusu Mensah thinks he has also carved a niche for himself especially resurfacing in the last government of the NDC. 

He stressed that the immediate past Minister of Trade and Industries also has the financial muscle to defeat all other contenders who may pop up. 

Leading party members who have expressed interest to contest the presidential primary include Ghana’s longest serving member of parliament Alban Bagbin. 

The NDC is considering early congress to elect the party’s 2020 presidential candidate in order to give that individual enough time to campaign.

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