16 parties, 7 independent candidates to wrestle for presidency
At least 23 persons have picked the nomination form for Presidential Candidates to contest the December 2016 polls, the Electoral Commission (EC) has said.
At the launch of the Commission’s manual for the election, EC boss Charlotte Osei disclosed that out of the 23 people, 16 are from political parties with the other 7 contesting as independent candidates.
The political parties include governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), New Patriotic Party (NPP), Progressive People’s Party (PPP), National Democratic Party (NDP), People’s National Convention (PNC), Democratic People’s Party (DPP) and United Progressive Party (UPP).
The rest are the Independent People’s Party (IPP), All People’s Congress (APC), United Front Party (UFP), Democratic People’s Party (DPP), Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), Reform Patriotic Democrats (RPD), United Love Party (ULP), Development System Party (UDSP), and Ghana Freedom Party (GFP).
Among the independent candidates are Jacob Osei Yeboah, Kwaku Antwi Owusu, Lawrence Yamil Nketia, John Alex Hamah, Major Ibrahim Rida (rtd), Kwame Asiedu Walker and Chief Dr Yaw Kumi.
Madam Osei said the growing number of aspirants affords Ghanaian electorates the opportunity to choose the ideal candidate whose ideas represent their “values, their interests, their choices, their vision of the future for their families, and their region.”
Regarding the manual, she said it was designed to help potential candidates and agents to understand the “nomination of the electoral process and outline the responsibilities that have to be undertaken as they seek to be elected to the office of president and parliament.”
The EC boss explained, “guideline also highlights the duties and responsibilities of the agents who will represent the candidates at the 29,000 polling station and the 275 collation centres across the nation.”
The manual is divided into four parts with the first part deals with guidelines on the process of becoming a nominee as well as other useful information for the candidates.
The second part deals with the role of polling agents, duties they are to perform and responsibilities expected of them. This portion also spells out what is expected of polling agents and what is not.
The third section touches on general information of the election as well as other useful information put together by the Commission for both candidates and their agents.
The final part details the biometric process of verification.
Madam Osei has urged electorates to choose candidates who stand the chance to advance the welfare of the country.
BNI frees Fadi Daboussi
The Bureau of National investigations (BNI) has released on bail Ghanaian-Lebanese Pilot and Author, Fadi Daboussie on Sunday.
The BNI picked up Mr. Dabboussie around midday on Friday upon arrival from an Egypt Air flight from Lebanon.
The BNI has not released a statement on the arrest, however, Joy News sources say Mr. Dabboussie was arrested because he has consistently made offensive and scalding comments against President John Mahama in articles.
In one of such articles, Mr. Dabboussie is said to have claimed that the President has impregnated one of the daughters of Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
His Lawyer, Hassan Tampuli, says his client does not deny writing articles and stands by them.
Mr. Dabboussie is believed to be a sympathizer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), and a book he launched recently titled ‘59 years of Ghana to Nowhere: The future is Now,’ is President Mahama.
The story first broke on social media, where it was revealed that Mr. Dabboussi’s house was ransacked and all copies of the books taken. The BNI has since returned the books.
Hassan Tampoli said on Sunday at about 5:45 am, operatives of the BNI returned to the residence of Mr. Dabboussie without a search warrant but they were given access to the property.
Some opposition NPP sympathizers and human rights activists have condemned the act on social media, claiming the action by the BNI is arbitrary.
P Square stole and sampled my song – Ghanaian musician
Young up and coming Ghanaian Musician – C Jay is calling Nigerian super stars – P Square, thieves because he claims his song “Rokoto” was stolen and sampled by the African icons to birth their new banger “Bank alert.”
According to C Jay, he tagged P Square when he posted his song on social media. Days later, he was prompted by one lady that his song had tampered with.
He followed up to download “Bank Alert,” listened and realized that P-Square stole his tune and even went ahead to use some of his lines.
This is what C Jay tells vibesin5.com
Stealing in a professional way, P-Square new tune “bank Alert” is a sample of my tune titled “Rokoto.”
I released Rokoto early this year; the tune went viral on social media, Facebook, Twitter, and the rest. I posted the link on P-Square wall on facebook, months later I got a tag from a female music here in Ghana, she updated on Facebook that P square’s new tune (“Bank Alert” sounds like Cjay Rokoto”).
This is where I came in the story, I quickly downloaded their tune to listen and it was very bad that they sampled almost everything in my Rokoto tune. From the bass line, the rhythm, the progression the grove and even took the first line of ma first verse (today na today ooo) from ma tune “Rokoto”.
I respect P square a lot; I learn from them, never thought they could do this to a poor boy like me who has struggled for more than ten years been underground. I wish ma voice will reach as far as it can, so everyone will know I’m disappointed in them.
“Bank Alert” is a nice song, I don’t doubt it, but they don’t have to do this to me as a whole, no disrespect, P SQUARE SAMPLE MY SONG ROKOTO, N AM DISAPPOINTED IN THEM…..
Anybody who threatens Ghana’s peace will die – Brother Sammy
Ghana is currently enjoying the accolade of being the beacon of peace in Africa.
Most Ghanaians are hopeful that the country will always be peaceful no matter how tensed the country will be during the political season.
Ghanaian gospel musician, Brother Sammy has said anybody who will plan to cause chaos in the country will die before the elections will be held.
“I am talking as a man of God…anybody who will do something to threaten the peace that we have in the country will die. This is a revelation. If you think about your selfish interest and not that of the country, then you will die for the country to enjoy its peaceful nature,” he told Mr. Lattus on J. Life Fm’s Entertainment Chart.
Brother Sammy who is nicknamed as the Nation’s Worshipper called on DJ’s and Radio presenters not to charge musicians who compose patriotic songs.
When asked whether he has paid payola before, he said: “No I have not…because It is my manager who is in charge of promotions.”
Manchester City ‘have permission to play awful’ – Guardiola
Sep 26, 2016 06:55:30
The Catalan says the Blues are still far away from what he eventually expects of them after they won their tenth consecutive game of the season against Swansea on Saturday
Manchester City’s players “have permission to play awful” as Pep Guardiola insists his men are still far away from what he hopes to achieve at the Etihad Stadium.
City beat Swansea 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon to make it 10 wins out of 10 under their new manager.
Bookmakers have installed City as favourites for the Premier League title and the FA Cup, and are only listed behind Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid for the Champions League.
But while Guardiola is more than pleased with how his players have adapted to his methods in their time together so far, he is adamant that there is much more to come.
Asked if he is close to the level he wants to play at following the win in Wales, Guardiola replied: “No, we are far, we are far. It would be boring: if we are close I can go back home.