Top News In Ghana This Evening Friday, 26th of June 2020
1. Police on high alert ahead of December Polls – IGP View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The Inspector General of Police says Police will be put on high alert for lawlessness in the December polls.
Speaking at a meeting with representatives of political parties at the police headquarters on Thursday, the IGP reiterated that “The stakes are always very high when it comes to elections because everybody wants to win.”
He added:“As a result, some acts of lawlessness such as snatching of ballot boxes, intimidation of voters, attacking voters or electoral official, destruction of electoral materials [occur].”
But he warned, the service is poised to deal ruthlessly with miscreants who perpetrate chaos in the electoral process.
Personnel, according to him,“will be ready to deal with whoever perpetrates any of these actions. We will arrest whoever engaged in any of these actions.”
He assured his men will exhibit professionalism and impartiality in policing before, during and after the 2020 general elections.
2. Adom Otchere, Metro TV ‘abandon’ Ken Agyapong, beg Kwame Awuah-Darko View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Paul Adom Otchere, Host of Good Evening Ghana on Metro TV has dissociated the station and himself from some defamatory comments made against the former Managing Director of Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) Mr. Kingsley Kwame Awuah-Darko by Kennedy Agyapong
“As you know and as it is scrolling on our screen, on this programme, we always have a permanent disclaimer that scrolls on our screen…views expressed by guests are their own views and they are by no means the views of Good Evening Ghana or Metro TV. I told Kwame Awuah Darko’s lawyers that the views expressed by Kennedy Agyapong are his own views and they are already in court with him over defamation”, he revealed on the show on Thursday night.
According to him, they are aware of a defamatory suit against Kennedy Agyapong on a similar matter pending before a court following his outburst on a multimedia platform but the media house has since retracted and apologized.
It would be recalled earlier this week that Kennedy Agyapong on the show served a notice of a showdown against the former Managing Director of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) and Bulk Oil Supply and Storage (BOST) Kingsley Awuah-Darko who has been tipped to partner former President John Dramani Mahama in the 2020 Presidential elections.
According to the Assin Central constituency Member of Parliament, he has in his possession a dossier of corruption and corruption-related activities engaged in by the prospective National Democratic Congress (NDC) Vice Presidential candidate while he served as the Head of BOST.
3. Former President John Mahama says ‘freedom and justice’ are in short supply in Ghana. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The former President’s comment comes after the Supreme Court in a judgment today disallowed the existing voter’s ID card as proof of identity in the upcoming voter’s registration exercise by the Electoral Commission.
The Seven Member Supreme Court panel granted the relief three of the suit which talks about the use of the old voters’ ID card for the upcoming voters’ compilation exercise subject to the prevailing C.I 126.
However, the prevailing C.I 126 prevents the use of the existing voters’ card as proof of identity in the compilation of the new register.
Reacting to the judgement, Mr. Mahama told supporters of the NDC at the party’s headquarters Thursday evening that the position of the court is disappointing.
“This is not just an NDC fight, it is a fight to rescue the very soul of our beloved country from the hands of those who seek to impose their will unjustly on the people.
“Our forefathers founded this nation with the motto “Freedom and Justice”.
“It is clear today that never in the history of our 4th Republic have these two lofty ideals been in such short supply”.
He nonetheless urged Ghanaians to go out and register in their numbers if the registration exercise begins.
“I therefore urge all Ghanaians of voting age to channel the disappointment at the effort to exclude them from the electoral process into an opportunity to have their voices heard and turn up to register in their teeming numbers, when the process begins next week Tuesday.
4. GhanaWeb Polls: Over 90% say Mahama will win against Akufo-Addo in December View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
A number of Ghanaians who took part in a poll conducted by GhanaWeb say John Dramani Mahama of the opposition NDC stands a chance of winning against Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the ruling NPP in the upcoming December 7, 2020 general elections.
The poll which was conducted on June 16, 2020 revealed that 1,375 votes representing 90.64% tipped John Mahama as president against, 127 votes representing 8.37% for Nana Akufo-Addo.
However, results from the poll also revealed 15 votes (0.99%) indicated neither of the two candidates stood a chance of winning the elections.
Meanwhile, Ghanaians will on December 7, 2020 go to the polls to elect a President as part of four-year constitutional mandate in a general election.
The likely to be keen contest will see John Dramani Mahama, flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress contend against Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the current President of the Republic and soon to be acclaimed flagbearer for the New Patriotic Party.
Results from this poll is only representative of participants and therefore can not be generalised.
5. Kweku Baako: I’m happy my integrity has been vindicated in court against Ken Agyapong View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr says he is happy he chose to defend his integrity in a court of competent jurisdiction when he thought the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Mr Kennedy Agyapong had defamed him.
In a reaction to the Accra High Court ruling Friday morning [June 26, 2020], which gave him victory over Mr Agyapong in a defamatory case, Mr Baako said: "I am happy I chose to vindicate my integrity in the appropriate forum, a court of law and not on radio, television or social media, which is also an available option in a democratic space."
"There is no oxygen of life for ugly noises and allegations, borne out allegations in a court of law, there, facts and evidence speak, not ugly noises and malicious allegations...," Mr Baako said in a statement he sent to Kwame Sefa Kayi, which was read on radio - Peace FM's Kookrokoo morning programme.
Mr Baako expressed appreciation to the people who stood with him in the "20 or so months of the litigation. May Allah bless them all, long live Ghana.”
5. Haruna Iddrisu lashes out at Supreme Court ruling on voters registration View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, Thursday night scored the Supreme Court a disappointing low, describing as a blot the apex court’s approval for the Electoral Commission to exclude existing voters ID cards as a required document for registration as a voter .
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) had sought orders at the Supreme Court directed at the EC to include existing voters IDs in its compilation of a new register for the December 2020 general elections, however, a unanimous decision by the seven man court, chaired by the Chief Justice, dismissed the relief.
Hours after the decision, Haruna was ushered in at a media encounter to introduce NDC’s Leader and Flagbearer, former President John Dramani Mahama, who had something to say in reaction to the ruling.
Said the Minority Leader, who acknowledged that the Supreme Court’s power and mandate to referee cases and interpret the laws: “It’s only instructive, and that is why we are here, that the Supreme Court will give a ruling with blurred edges and with synthetical ambiguities; that the very Supreme Court which has the primary responsibility and duty to throw light and to interpret to avoid absurdity, itself will give a ruling which consequence is absurdity, and therefore the only person who can calm nerves and get Ghanaians committed to the pursuit of the entitled and guaranteed rights under Article 42 is no mean a person than John Dramani Mahama.”