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Ghanaians without passports and Ghana Card can still register for new Voters I.D-Electoral Commission
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Ghanaians without passports and Ghana Card can still register for new Voters I.D-Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission (EC) says Ghanaians who do not have the National Identification Cards or passports will not be prevented from registering in the upcoming voters registration exercise as alleged by the National Democratic Congress (NDC). "An applicant who does not have the Ghana card or Passport may resort to obtaining two (2) guarantors to facilitate their registration and therefore, the exclusion of the Voter ID card as a requirement will not lead tosuppression of votes," the EC said in a statement. The statement said the EC has found it imperative to amend the Constitutional Instrument which is currently in Parliament for applicants to resort to the use of the Ghanaian Passport and the Ghana Card to aid in the elimination of unqualified names in the register. It s...
Minority Leader accuses Electoral Commission of attempts to disenfranchise Ghanaians in Dec 7 polls
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Minority Leader accuses Electoral Commission of attempts to disenfranchise Ghanaians in Dec 7 polls

Minority leader Haruna Iddrissu has ramped up pressure on the electoral commission (EC), suggesting that the election body’s introduction of constitutional Instrument (CI) 126 to amend CI 91 on public elections will ultimately disenfranchise majority of Ghanaians at the 2020 polls. The Majority leader’s position is in tandem with his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC)’s claim in a presser yesterday that the electoral commission was colluding with the National Identification Authority (NIA) to disenfranchise Ghanaians to the benefit of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) by demanding Ghana cards issued by the NIA and a Ghanaian passport as the base documents for its planned voter registration exercise. This claim was immediately debunked by the NPP in a counter presser wh...
Tema Interchange 95 percent complete and ready for use
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Tema Interchange 95 percent complete and ready for use

The construction works on the three-tier Tema Motorway Roundabout Interchange is 95 percent completed and will be open to traffic tomorrow Saturday, May 15. Plans are ahead to concurrently commence sensitization of road users especially drivers on the new layout through signage and media screening of animation in English language and local dialects - Akan, Hausa, Ga, Dagbani, and Ewe. Mr Yujin Uemura, the Project Manager, Shimizu-Dai Nippon JV, speaking to the media after a directional animation viewing session said all major construction works had been completed and that, the five percent, which includes grassing and tiding was on-going.  The Tema Interchange is a $57 million project being financed under a grant from the Japanese government through its agency, Japan Internationa...
Quarantine of 38 health workers a precautionary move- Ho Teaching Hospital  PRO
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Quarantine of 38 health workers a precautionary move- Ho Teaching Hospital PRO

The 39 health workers of the Ho Teaching Hospital (HTH) who have been told to self-quarantined are doing so for security and precautionary reasons, Mr Amos Dzah, Public Affairs Officer of the Hospital has said. He said samples of 38 staff excluding the positive case by a patient   was being tested at the Ho COVID-19 Testing facility saying, ‘not all health workers in the pool had direct contact with the patient’. Mr Dzah told the Ghana News Express that a joint team from the Ho Municipal Hospital and the Ho Teaching Hospital have begun contact tracing for possible testing towards containing the spread of COVID-19. He said the woman in question was brought in unconscious and foaming, but staff on duty resuscitated her after which they noticed she had difficulty in breathing. Th...
Assin Fosu: Student caged 12 months for stealing mobile phone
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Assin Fosu: Student caged 12 months for stealing mobile phone

The Assin Fosu District Court has sentenced a 22-year-old student to a 12-month jail term for stealing a Nokia phone and GHC 140. James Nkyi pleaded guilty to the three counts of unlawful entry, stealing and possession of instruments intended for unlawful entry. Prosecuting, Inspector Gilbert Ayongo, told the Court presided over by Mr Abdul Majeed Illiasu that Mr Ebenezer Adze, the complaint is a resident of Mempeasem-Palaamu, whilst the convict lives at Dominase all in the Assin Fosu Municipality. The Prosecution said on Monday, May 4, at about 0830 hours, Mr Adze locked all outlets to his house and room and retired to bed.  He said while in bed, at about 0130 hours, with lights out, Mr Adze however opened his living room door, stepped out to attend nature's call. The Pros...
Patient of COVID-19 from Obuasi found at Derma
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Patient of COVID-19 from Obuasi found at Derma

A man from Obuasi in the Ashanti Region whose result of the COVID-19 test proved positive has been traced and found at Derma, a farming community in the Tano South Municipality of the Ahafo Region. The man in question was among several people whose samples were taken through contact tracing at Obuasi in early April but left for Derma on a family visit.   Mr.  Collins Offinam Takyi, the Tano South Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) confirmed in an interview with the Ghana News Express in Sunyani. He said some of the residents might panic because the man had stayed in the area for about three weeks but they did not know that his samples had been taken for testing.  Mr. Takyi assured contact tracing of the patient had started by the Tano South Municipal Health Directorate and sample...
Bank of Ghana to support Ghana’s budget with GH¢10 billion to address revenue shortfalls
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Bank of Ghana to support Ghana’s budget with GH¢10 billion to address revenue shortfalls

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has earmarked an amount of GH¢10 billion to address the revenue shortfalls in this year's budget created as a result of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The BOG said the COVID19 pandemic has seriously affected Ghana's budget, coupled with petroleum revenue shortfalls due to the fall in crude oil prices, shortfalls in import duties, tax revenues, among others.  The Governor of the BoG, Ernest Addison, said this at the 94th Monetary Policy Committee press briefing to announce a new Monetary Policy Rate. He said the economy had shown that the financing  gap  that was estimated at the International Monetary Fund  (IMF) Rapid Credit Facility was applied for in March has widened significantly, resulting in residual financing g...
“44-year-old Kath Maternity and Children’s block will be completed in 36 months-President Akufo-Addo
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“44-year-old Kath Maternity and Children’s block will be completed in 36 months-President Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Friday, cut the sod for the reactivation of work for the construction of the forty-four (44) year old Maternity and Children’s Block of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. The project, which is being funded by German Bank, Deutsche Bank, will cost €155 million, and is expected to be completed within 36 months, with the construction being undertaken by Contracta.   Once completed, President Akufo-Addo stated that the Maternity and Children’s Block will be a state-of-the-art, modern health edifice, with paediatrics, gynaecology and obstetrics units.  “It will serve as a referral centre for twelve (12) of the sixteen (16) regions of our country. It will be a seven hundred and fifty (750)-bed building, with outpatient areas for...
CID invites Major Boakye-Gyan (rtd) for questioning over “Civil War” comments
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CID invites Major Boakye-Gyan (rtd) for questioning over “Civil War” comments

The Criminal investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has invited Major Boakye-Gyan (rtd) for questioning over his alleged comment that the country will head into a civil war if the EC goes ahead to organise a new voters' register.  Major Boakye-Gyan was reported to have stated that the attitude adopted by the EC is an attempt to rig the election in favour of the ruling government and added that the situation can only be remedied with a civil war. According to a source from the CID, the former Military Officer has officially been invited for questioning at the CID office over the alleged comments.  The EC has planned to conduct a new voters' register for the upcoming election.  The exercise was initially scheduled for April 2020 but had to be postponed due to...
Security Council worried over rising COVID-19 cases at Obuasi
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Security Council worried over rising COVID-19 cases at Obuasi

The Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has expressed worry over the upsurge in COVID-19 (coronavirus) disease cases at Obuasi. Obuasi, a mining community, has become one of the hotspots for the pandemic, according to the latest report released by the Ghana Health Service (GHS), a development creating uneasiness and anxiety amongst the populace. Currently, a team of experts from the GHS is currently at Obuasi trying to assess the situation there to subsequently provide an advisory to government. “The REGSEC has decided to hold an emergency meeting in order to find the way forward over the development,” Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah, Chairman of the Council and also the Regional Minister, confirmed this to the media in Kumasi. Ghana’s confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 14, had i...
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