Ghana : Ghanaian Presidential and Parliamentary Elections - December 7, 2012

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  1. Destee

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    Ghanaian Presidential and Parliamentary Elections - December 7, 2012

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    THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF GHANA
    http://ec.gov.gh/index.php

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    Ghana's Presidential election will be held on December 7 2012, with a run-off on December 28, if necessary. Parliamentary elections will also be held in Ghana on December 7, 2012. All 230 seats in the Parliament of Ghana are up for re-election.

    Ghanaian 2012 Presidential Candidates Listed Below.

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    [​IMG] - John Dramani Mahama
    http://www.johnmahama.org/

    John Dramani Mahama (born 29 November 1958) is a Ghanaian politician who has been President of Ghana since July 2012. He was the Vice President of Ghana from 2009 to 2012, and he took office as President on 24 July 2012 following the death of his predecessor, President John Atta Mills.[1] A respected communications expert, historian, and writer, Mahama was a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2009 and Minister of Communications from 1998 to 2001.


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    [​IMG] - Hassan Ayariga
    http://www.hassanayariga.com/hassan.main/index.html

    Hassan Ayariga has a remarkable record of leadership and experience in business that embodies an unwavering passion and commitment to service. Hassan was born on 4th September 1971 in Bawku in the Upper East Region of Ghana. His father Frank Abdulai Ayariga, was a member of parliament for the Bawku constituency during the third republic administration of Dr. Hilla Limann and his mother Anatu Ayariga, a business woman, whose passion for child education in the then impoverished northern sector of Ghana, made her stand her ground to ensure all her children and those in the community were educated.


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    [​IMG] - Papa Kwesi Nduom
    http://nduom.com

    Paa Kwesi Nduom or Papa Kwesi Nduom, (born February 15, 1953) is a business consultant and politician. He is the Progressive People's Party's aspiring candidate for president. In 2008, he was the Convention People's Party's nominee to contest the Ghanaian presidential election in December 2008. He is also the current member of parliament for the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem constituency and has served as minister of state in various portfolios in the Kufuor government between 2001 and 2007. He was named after his father as Joseph Hubster Yorke Jr.


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    [​IMG] - Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
    http://akufoaddo2012.com/


    Nana Dankwa Akufo-Addo (born March 29, 1944, in Swalaba, Accra) is a Ghanaian politician who is running for president in the 2012 presidential elections as the New Patriotic Party candidate. He is from Kyebi in the Eastern Region.


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    [​IMG] - Michael Abu Sakara Foster
    http://conventionpeoplesparty.org/

    Michael Abu Sakara Foster is a Ghanaian agronomist and politician. He is the candidate of the Convention People's Party for the Ghanaian presidential election in December 2012.


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    [​IMG] - Akwasi Addai Odike
    http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/people/person.php?ID=1201


    Akwasi Addai Odike, the Presidential Candidate of the United Front Party (UFP), is a Christian by faith and a renowned businessman based in the Ashanti Region. He enters the presidential race with an ‘O’ level certificate obtained from the Aduman Secondary school in the Ashanti Regions. Born on 13th September 1964 (48 yrs), he is counted as one of the youngest aspirants vying for the presidency in the 2012 elections. He is Chief Executive Officer of Odike Ventures and happily married.


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    [​IMG] - Jacob Osei Yeboah
    http://www.jacoboseiyeboah2012.com/

    Jacob Osei Yeboah 44 years old (28 October, 1968), is married to Hilda Osei Yeboah (Mrs.) in 1996, with four (4) children, Jacobel, Janice, Jeremy and Jeffrey. He is an Engineer, Entrepreneur, Strategist, Philanthropist, a Social Thinker and a transformational leader.


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    [​IMG] - Henry Herbet Lartey
    http://www.greatconsolidatedpopularparty.org/henry-lartey.asp


    Dr. Henry Herbert Lartey is Chairman of the Great Consolidated Popular Party, a champion for the economic improvement of the people of Ghana, and an inspired Pan-Africanist and visionair with hopes for a United Africa.

    Since becoming leader of the G.C.P.P., Henry has begun travelling across every corner of Ghana, listening to the stories and the experiences of the People, talking to them about their hopes, dreams and expectations for the future. It is the same interactive approach he has taken during his long career as a scholar, business man, and as a leading Black executive on the world stage.


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    listening to the stories and the experiences of the People, talking to them about their hopes, dreams and expectations for the future.:wave:These are brilliant and capable Africans, who can change this country for the better.
     
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    Peace and Blessings Sister,

    It was certainly a treat for me to pull all of the candidates together, learning a bit about them, and that we were on the eve of the election ... only a few days away now ... December 7th. I learned that 230 Parliamentary seats are in the running, and that there are several different parties represented. All of this, and I didn't even know Ghana was in the midst of having an election at all! Another thing I found somewhat surprising was that some of these Brothers are so young ... well ... younger than me ... yet vying for the top spot(s) in their country. It's all made me want to ask more questions about governments outside of America, how they are run, understanding them better ... for i don't have any idea about parliamentaries ... and the many different political parties intrigue me too. It was all quite an eye opener, as a result of simply gathering the candidates together.

    I must admit though, and happily so, that it was Brother abdurratln that brought it all to my attention.

    He shared an email with me, promoting the Convention's People's Party, asking me to sign up.

    It made me want to see the other candidates, and well, one thing has led to another!

    I wonder who Brother ibrahim is voting for and/or supporting in the election!

    I wonder if we had the opportunity to vote, who would we vote for, or would we vote at all?

    There are ALL BLACK MEN on the ballot!

    Pretty Hot Stuff ... seems like ... though i'm sure there's a camp of people against the entire election.

    A bit broadening of the picture for me ... and it's nice ... Thanks Brother abdurratln ... :grouphug:

    Thank you too Sister dunwiddat ... Thanks Everyone !!! ... :grouphug2:

    May the Best Man Win! :toast:

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    Destee
     
  4. FutureVerse

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    This is between Mahama(NDC) and Akufo-Addo(NPP) and since the NDC is weak after Atta Mills death, Jerry Rawlings tried to get his powerful wife to run...but they rejected her election application at the last minute..since they didn't nominate her over Mahama she broke away and started her own party.Ghana politics are interesting, the only critical thing I have to say is they tend to bid for western interests to much example giving, right now there is an Argentinean ship dock at the port and some western banking firm has bribed the government to hold and not release it until Argentina pays the debt to a firm in New York. I know this election will be peaceful they have a model democracy for Africa.
     
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    The Parliament of Ghana is the legislative body of the Government of Ghana.
    Legislative representation in Ghana dates back to 1950, when the country (then known as Gold Coast) was a British colony. The body, called the Legislative Council, was purely advisory as the Governor exercised all legislative and executive powers. Reforms were introduced in 1916 and 1925, although the governor's power remained extensive. In 1946, a new constitution was introduced that allowed for an unofficial member of the Legislative Council to become its president while the governor ceased to be the ex-officio president of the body. This system continued until 1951 when the Legislature elected its first Speaker - Sir Emmanuel Charles Quist.
    The first people to arrive from the region then known as the Gold Coast were brought as slaves. Most of the which were Ga [3] and Akan groups originating from Ghana,[4] being imported tribes such as the Ashanti, Fante, Brong and maybe the Denkyera.[5] So, apparently, 16 percent of the African slaves imported to Nort America (most them to the United States) were Akans from Ghana.[4] The Ghanaian origin was the largest group among slaves in some places such as South Carolina.[6] Typically, the product of wars, many slaves were people sold to Europeans, although West African slavery was much different from American chattel slavery.[7] Although it is believed that of the 11 million Ghanaians that were exported as slaves, only about 500,000 to have ended up in the United States (most went to Latin America and the Caribbean)[8] and of that the slaves came from a number of locations on the African continent, the likelihood of an African-American or any Black person from the diaspora having at least some ancestry in Ghana is relatively high
    Recent Immigration

    Ghanaians began arriving in the United States en masse during the 1950s and 1960s amid the Civil Rights and anti-Imperialism era. Ghanaians such as Kwame Nkrumah were taught at American universities and worked with black American leaders for the rights of Black People worldwide. Notable African American intellectuals and activists such as W. E. B. Du Bois and Malcolm X used early Ghana as a symbol of black achievement. Most immigrants from Ghana who came to the United States were (and are) students who came to get a better education. Thus, most of the early Ghanaian immigrants planned on using the education acquired in the United States to better Ghana. However, many Ghanaians that migrated in the 1980s and 1990s, came to get business opportunities. In difficult economic times the number of Ghanaians who emigrated to the United States was small. However, when these economic problems were paralyzed, they saved money to emigrate to the United States.[9]

    Return to roots: African Americans in Ghana

    As reported by the journalist Lydia Polgreen in a New York Times article, the fact that Ghanaian slave exports to the Americas was so important between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, make that Ghana currently does try to attract the attention of African slave descendants from the Americas for them to settle here, and so that they turn the country into the new home to many descendants of the Ghanaian diaspora -though they only are descent of Ghanaian partially -, for they return to the country. So, according reported Valerie Papaya Mann, president of the African American Association of Ghana, now thousands of African-Americans already live in Ghana, at least part of the year. To encourage migration or, at least, the journey of the descendants of slaves from the Americas, Ghana decided, in 2005, offer a special visa to those people and provide Ghanaian passports to them. Thus, the government of Ghana also developed an advertising campaign which tries to convince Ghanaians to treat to African Americans as a people related to them. Thus, according to J. Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, the tourism minister: "We want Africans everywhere, no matter where they live or how they got there, to see Ghana as their gateway home. We hope we can help bring the African family back together again."[8]

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    I'm not too familiar with Ghana politics, though this thread has opened the door a little to it for me.

    One thing i noticed was that all of the candidates are Christian or Muslim, speaking to the western interests you mentioned. In fact, democracy is a western influence, if no mistake ... right?

    This page lists their religious affiliations, not that this should be held against any i suppose.

    I also read that there was like controversy regarding Akwasi Addai Odike, something about his party not supporting him, but he went about getting listed some other way ... not sure about it all ... but it is very interesting.

    Looking forward to seeing who wins.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    I think the concept of Democracy is more universal, meaning people in other countries generally want to participate in the governing of their countries and want freedom and justice etc, but WESTERN democracy yea it's a different thing. This modern democracy in Africa is bad ,basically just tribal groupings in the form of political parties, from Angola to Kenya to Zambia. And yea the Northern parts of Ghana would have muslim influences and Southern Ghana would have Christians influences, same in Ivory Coast and Nigeria
     
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    Ghana extends voting to Saturday after technical hitch
    By Kwasi Kpodo and Richard Valdmanis | Reuters – 1 hr 6 mins ago
    CCRA (Reuters) - Ghana extended voting in its presidential electioninto a second day, officials said on Friday, after a rash of technical problems prevented thousands of people in the West African state from casting their ballots on time.
    The decision was broadly accepted by political parties and voters, who hoped the poll would entrench Ghana's reputation as a bulwark of democracy and progress in a region better known for civil wars, coups and corruption.
    "People who lined up to vote today but were unable to do so will be able to cast their ballot tomorrow," said Election Commissioner Kwadwo Afari-Gyan. Polling stations would reopen at 7:00 a.m. (2 a.m. EDT), he said.
    Many newly introduced electronic fingerprint readers, used to verify people's identities, malfunctioned on Friday, slowing voting and creating long lines at polling stations nationwide that could not be cleared.
    A spokesman for the main opposition party said the glitches had affected hundreds of thousands of people, though the electoral commission declined to give an estimate.
    A Reuters correspondent found several polling stations in Accra where fingerprint readers were not working, though other stations completed voting and were tallying ballots.
    "We have been standing here for five hours. Our line is not moving," said Alice Hayford, a 44-year-old market trader on the western outskirts of the capital Accra, shortly before polls were due to close.

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    Thank you for the above! You've prompted more questions in me, and i'll be starting a new thread on it and will tag you in it so you can join in and know about it.

    Why do you think this modern democracy in Africa is bad?

    Was there a previous form of democracy in Africa, that was good?

    The idea that WESTERN democracy is different from democracy in general is interesting.

    The new thread i create in just a few may be a better place for these questions / answers.

    Great contribution to this thread, thanks again!

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    Destee
     
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