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Speaker Oquaye gives ultimatum on EC appraising Parliament on elections
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Speaker Oquaye gives ultimatum on EC appraising Parliament on elections

Speaker of Parliament Prof Aaron Michael Oquaye on Friday directed that officials of the Electoral Commission (EC) must be in Parliament, two weeks after the voter registration exercise is over, to appraise the House on its preparations towards the conduct of the 2020 general elections. “I have directed that the EC should come and brief us and that if any honorable member has any issues, questions, queries, he or she is entitled,” Speaker Oquaye said. His directive follows a signal he gave last week that he would be compelled to fix a date for the EC’s briefing if it was not made part of the Business Statement of the House in a week’s time. The EC on Tuesday, 30th June, 2020, began the conduct of a new voter registration exercise that would span 38 days and is targeting between 1...
ICUMS yields 53.6 million cedis in airport revenue
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ICUMS yields 53.6 million cedis in airport revenue

The newly introduced Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS), which began a month ago at the Terminal Three of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), has yielded a total revenue of 53.6 million Ghana cedis. This represents a 15 per cent increment over last year’s revenue performance for June, which was about GHC46 million. Mr Festus Mensah, the Chief Revenue Officer in-charge of General Duties at the KIA, disclosed this to stakeholders at a forum in Accra. The forum, which was organised by the Accra Airport sector of the Custom Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, at the Terminal Three, revealed that revenue mobilization under the new system was doing quite well. The Forum, convened at the instance of the Sector Commander, Thomas Daniel Williams, and attended by the ...
CSOs, individuals sue Government over exploration at Atewa Forest
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CSOs, individuals sue Government over exploration at Atewa Forest

Seven Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and four private citizens, have jointly sued the Government over the exploration and drilling of deep wells in the Atewa Forest Reserve. Mr Martin Kpebu, the counsel for the plaintiffs filed the writ against the Attorney General at the General Jurisdiction Court (High Court) Division. The CSOs are : A Rocha Ghana, Flower Ghana, Concern Citizens of Atewa Landscape, Ghana Youth Movement, Ecocare Ghana, Kasa Initiative Ghana and Save the Frogs Ghana. The private citizens are: Awula Serwah, Oteng Adjei, Boakye Twumasi- Ankrah and Nana Asante. The plaintiffs, in their writ, are seeking an order compelling the Government and its agents to declare the Atewa Range Forest (ARF) as a"Protected Zone" and take steps to protect the forest in accorda...
Mac Palm, nine others deny treason charges
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Mac Palm, nine others deny treason charges

Dr Frederick Yao Mac Palm, the leader of the Take Action Ghana, and the other nine persons charged with treason, have denied the charge. The others are Donyo Kafui, Bright Alan Debrah, Johannes Zikpi, Warrant Officer Class Two (WO2) Esther Saan, Corporal Seidu Abubakar, Corporal Sylvester Akanpewu, Lance Airforce Corporal (LAC) Ali Solomon, Colonel   Kojo Gameli and Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Benjamin Agordzo.Mac Palm, Kafui, Debrah, Zikpi, WO2 Saan, Corporal Abubakar, LAC Solomon and Corporal Sylvester. The accused persons are reported to be members of the Non Governmental Organisation, incorporated by Mac-Palm in 2018. They allegedly planned to demonstrate against the Government and eventually overthrow it. Consequently, Mac-Palm contacted Kafui, a reside...
Some Africans don’t think they are at risk of contracting COVID-19 – Report
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Some Africans don’t think they are at risk of contracting COVID-19 – Report

Across Africa, less than half the population who have been interviewed about the deadly Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic believed they faced the risk of contracting the virus. More than 60 per cent believed that COVID-19 could be prevented by drinking lemon or taking vitamin C. And just over 40 per cent believed that Africans could not get COVID-19. These are some of the findings from a survey report released by the Partnership for Evidence-Based Response to Covid-19 (PERC) Consortium. The consortium is made up of public health organizations such as the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, the World Health Organization, the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team, and the World Economic Forum and private sect...
Volta EC issues 72,000 new voter cards in three days
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Volta EC issues 72,000 new voter cards in three days

The Volta Regional Directorate of the Electoral Commission has issued a total of 72, 257 new voter cards to citizens after three days of registration, which started on June, 30. The third day had 27,832 people being issued with Voter cards with the second and first days recording 24,912 and 19,513 respectively. Mr Dogbey Adukpo Selormey, Volta Regional Director of the Electoral Commission, said this in an interview with the Ghana News Express. He said the daily activities at each centre from the districts and regional offices are uploaded to the national data centre, which makes it possible to know the figures accordingly. He said the increasing daily output means there is positive action on the ground adding that if this momentum is maintained the exercise would be deemed to ...
Faulty BVR machine delays special voter registration in Hohoe
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Faulty BVR machine delays special voter registration in Hohoe

The registration of exempt or vulnerable groups under a special dispensation by the Electoral Commission as part of the registration exercise is yet to begin in the Hohoe Municipality. This is due to the malfunctioning Biometric Voter Registration BVR machine. A special arrangement was to start on July 02 for the aged, people with disability, pregnant and lactating women to register for their voter identity cards at the office instead of the polling stations. Mr Enoch Danso Agyekum, Hohoe Municipal Electoral Officer, who spoke to the Ghana News Express in said his office is yet to register any eligible voter under the special registration arrangement due to faulty BVR machine. He said the registration machines which were purposely designed to capture registration details of el...
Construction of Hearts of Oak’s Pobiman project begins
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Construction of Hearts of Oak’s Pobiman project begins

Construction work on the Accra Hearts of Oak Pobiman Academy Project is underway at the project site. The project begins following the handing over of the site to the local contractor K. A. Estate Limited last week. The local contractor began work on the site on Friday, June 3, 2020 and are preparing the grounds work to put it into shape before the main contractor Prefabex Yapi Teknolojiller San Ve Tic Limited of Turkey takes over.
FDA warns against use of unregistered Rapid Diagnostic Test kits
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FDA warns against use of unregistered Rapid Diagnostic Test kits

The Foods and Drugs Authority (FDA) Ghana has warned the public against the use of unregistered Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kits for diagnosing coronavirus. The Authority said it has acknowledged concerns and calls from sections of the populace demanding the use of the Rapid Diagnostic Tests kits to test for the coronavirus disease but these test kits were based on the detection of antibodies in blood or serum of people believed to have been infected with the virus. A statement signed by Mrs Delese A.A. Darko, the Chief Executive Officer of FDA Ghana, and copied to the Ghana News Express urged the importers of the test kits to bring them for validation and approval. It said the validation process is guided by independently evaluating the diagnostic for assurance of quality and pe...
GMA saddened by loss of Dr Richard Kisser to COVID-19
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GMA saddened by loss of Dr Richard Kisser to COVID-19

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) Friday expressed sorrow at the passing of Dr Richard Kisser, one of Ghana’s renowned surgeons, who succumbed to COVID-19, while receiving treatment for complications from the respiratory disease at the University of Ghana Medical Centre at Legon. Dr Kisser worked as a consultant surgeon at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Koforidua Regional Hospital and the Trust Hospitals.  In an interview with the Ghana News Express, Dr Ernest Yorke, the Chairman of the Greater Accra Division of the GMA said: “We learned with sadness the passing of Dr Richard Kisser on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at the UGMC. He was a proud member of the Greater Accra Division and contributed his part to the activities of the GMA. “He will be remembered as a fine doctor by his...
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