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BREAKING: Angry NPP Supporters In Aowin Set Party Office Ablaze Over NEC decision To Re-Run The Constituency Elections

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Some disgruntled supporters of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Aowin Constituency of the Western North Region, have torched the party’s constituency office over a decision by the National Council to re-run the constituency’s election.

The National Council said the elections were fraught with irregularities and must be conducted again.

But the supporters say they are unhappy with the directive and are completely against it.

They have vowed to resist every attempt to have the elections held again.

Some of the aggrieved persons in a video sighted by Citi News said, “we will not agree. We will not hold another election. We’ve already voted and the women’s orgnanizer has been removed. Let it stay so. We’ve voted out the person and you want us to vote again because of that?”

Meanwhile, another youth group in the constituency is calling for a swift organization of the re-run election.

 

In a statement issued last week, they accused the Regional Chairman, Mr. William Benjamin Assuah and the National Director of Research and Elections, Mr. Evans Nimako of deliberately working to frustrate the process to carryout the recommendation of the committee put together to look into the issue.

Read full statement below:

THE NEW PATRIOTIC PARTY, WESTERN NORTH REGION, AOWIN CONSTITUENCY

PRESS CONFERENCE ISSUED BY CONCERNED NPP YOUTH OF AOWIN CONSTITUENCY ON THE NULLIFICATION OF SOME AFFECTED CONSTITUENCY POSITIONS BY NATIONAL COUNCIL

Good afternoon Ladies and gentlemen of the Media. We thank you very much for honouring our invitation for such an important press conference, though it was with a short notice.

Background

As you may recall, our Constituency elections was scheduled on 30th April, 2022.

 

Some party stalwarts and staunch members including the four time woman organizer, Mrs Joana Morcher, Woman Organizer aspirant, Mad Constance Asare, woman Organizer aspirant, Mr Benson Afful, organizer aspirant, Clifford Kwesi, assistant secretary aspirant and Mr Konadu Yiadom, second vice Chairman aspirant were all illegally and unconstitutionally disqualified on the very day of the elections after going through all the necessary processes needed for the elections.

A petition was sent to the national Executive Committee through our general Secretary and it was referred to the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Legal Committee.

Ladies and gentlemen of the Media, our National council met on Friday, 13th May, 2022 and received the report from the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Legal Support Committe Chaired by Hon.Cecilia Dapaah on the unconstitutional disqualification of aspirants in our Constituency, that’s AOWIN.

The National council which received the report and read at the meeting concluded as captured in the report a re-run of the affected positions in our Constituency.

Friends, it will interest you to know that, today we were briefed that, the Regional Chairman, Mr William Benjamin Assuah and our National Director of Research and Elections, Mr Evans Nimako want to connived and employed clandestine tactics to delay the execution of the decision taken by National Council and eventually imposing the other candidates whose elections have been nullified on us.

We are calling on the General Secretary of our party, the National Council and our President, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo who was part of the National Council meeting to call the National Director of Research and Elections, Hon Evans Nimako to order for him to go ahead to fully execute the order given by National Council to bring peace to Aowin.

We are also aware that the Regional Chairman wants to use delay tactics to disenfranchise the affected positions in our Constituency and their appointees in the impending Regional Elections, so he has sent a petition to the Director of Research and Elections requesting his side to be heard in the decision taken by the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Legal Committe and approved by National Council. How on Earth should this petition be allow to thrive and even receive attention?

What is it there to be heard again, after decision taken by National Council?

Hon Evans Nimako, the Director of Research and Elections, agreeing to meet the affected aspirants and the regional Chairman in the spirit of giving the Regional Chairman hearing on the events is believed to be delaying the process.

We are using this medium to humbly appeal to our General Secretary, Hon John Boadu, the National Council and our President to rescue the party in Aowin Constituency by expeditiously executing the National Council’s decision in order to avert any apathy in our Constituency.

Source: Myvoicenews.com

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National: 2023 Budget: TUC to reject government’s salary projection of ₵44.9m

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Deputy-General-Secretary-of-the-Trades-Union-Congress-TUC-Joshua-Ansah

After several attempts to reach an agreement with government over an increment in their base pay, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is expected to meet government on Wednesday to finalise a deal.

But before that meeting gets underway, the Trades Union Congress is warning that it will not accept government’s projections in the 2023 Budget.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, reading the 2023 Budget in Parliament projected compensation of employees at GH¢44,990 million (5.6% of GDP).

Earlier, government also proposed a 12% salary increment during the last negotiation with Organised Labour but it was turned down.

 

Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express on Tuesday, Deputy General Secretary of TUC, Joshua Ansah stated that they would not agree to the projected figure.

According to Mr Ansah, government must expect a fight if they turn up at the meeting with the same proposal.

JoyNews/AdomNews · TUC to reject government’s salary projection in 2023 Budget
“There is no way Organised Labour is also going to accept what has been put in the budget. Well, if the government has made up its mind that it is the way it thinks that he can actually force down the throat of workers, then we are in for a big fight, because there is no way government can pay anything below what we are expecting,” he said.

He noted that Organised Labour will not compromise on their demand for 60% increment in their base pay.

Meanwhile, the President of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Justice Yankson says government has created a problem by not reaching an agreement with the labour unions earlier.

JoyNews/AdomNews · Dr Yankson on organised labour and government’s negotiations
He believes the current mess could have been prevented.

“These are some of the problems that sometimes we create for ourselves. We had a whole period in which we could have sorted these things, we waited to the last end. Now we can see that we are on a collition course, it is clear,” he said.

Source: Myjoyonline

 

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Politics: Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory

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A Wenchi High Court has thrown out a petition against New Patriotic Party (NPP) legislator in the Techiman South 2020 election.

The petitioner was seeking the nullification of the poll which saw the NPP candidate, Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah, emerge victorious.

But at the hearing Wednesday, the court explained that the NDC 2020 Parliamentary candidate, Christopher Bayere, who was pursuing the matter, failed to prove the burden of petitioning.

The court was attended by some leaders of the NDC including General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
He was sighted leaving the court premises a few minutes before the judgement.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate had contested the EC’s verdict which gave the NPP’s candidate victory with 49,682 votes representing 50.2 percent of the total valid votes cast, whilst the NDC’s candidate had 49,205 votes representing 49.8 percent of the total valid votes cast.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate insisted that the figures were not a true reflection of the election.

According to him, per the pink sheets of the NDC agents at each of the 267 polling stations, he garnered 50,306 votes in the Parliamentary election whilst the 1st Respondent polled 50,013 votes.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
Electoral Commission fined in 2021

In August 2021, the Electoral Commission of Ghana was fined GH¢4,000 by the court after the Court refused to grant the EC’s request for a stay of proceedings in the dispute on July 30, 2021.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
The EC’s application for a stay of proceedings was to enable it to file a motion to challenge the ruling of the Court at its previous sitting, when it granted the petitioner a motion to amend the title of the writ.

TCounsel for the EC, Emmanuel Addae said the stay of proceedings was to enable him to file supplementary statements in support of the application filed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Mr Christopher Beyere Baasongti.

However, reacting to the EC’s stay of proceedings, the Counsel for the petitioner, Justin Teriwajah argued that the motion was frivolous and unnecessarily geared towards delaying the adjudication of the case.

Source: Myjoyonline

 

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Football: Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style

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It was the much-needed win for Ghanaians who were largely sitting on tenterhooks for the final quarter of the game.

And from the reactions, after the South Koreans netted a quickfire double between the 58th and 61st minutes, something had to definitely happen.

Kudus rose to the occasion, found himself at the end of a Gideon Mensah cross and curled the ball past the goalkeeper to restore Ghana’s lead and eventually sealed the game for Black Stars.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
The 68th-minute winner triggered a thunderous celebration across the country and on social media.

Despite late attempts from the Koreans, the game ended 3-2 with Ghana earning a vital win in Group H.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
Alban Bagbin

The jubilation started right from Ghana’s legislative arm where the Speaker, Alban Bagbin was caught on camera dancing to one of the goals on the day from his office.

The ecstatic Speaker punched the air while clad in his Black Star jersey in the company of other officials of the House.

Asamoah Gyan runs

Former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan was on punditry duty at SuperSports TV.

However, the ethics of being on a live set could not suppress his excitement when the deciding goal was scored.

Filled with elation, the former skipper run out of the set in jubilation shouting atop his voice.

His iconic goal celebration was his response when asked about his reaction to some moments of the game.

Fans in clean-up mode

Now, supporters of Japan’s national team have been earning praise in Qatar for their zeal toward cleanliness after each game.

This win seems to have presented Ghanaian fans with the opportunity to emulate this off-pitch tradition.

While many celebrated the win at full-time, other fans were seen moving boxes around to collect the waste left by their colleagues.

South Korea’s Son not in selfie mood

Another interesting sight came from an official from the Ghana dressing room posing for a selfie.

The subject Son Heung-min was almost in tears after his team lost at full-time.

Otto Addo’s side will now face Uruguay in their last game looking to secure qualification to the next stage of the competition.

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