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SIM Re-registration: Parliament must halt Ursula Owusu, NCA’s lawlessness now – NDC

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has called on the Parliament of Ghana, specifically Parliament’s Select Committee on Communications to call the Minister of Communications and the National Communication Authority (NCA) to order over the sanctions meted out to SIM card users yet to reregister their cards.

In a statement registering their displeasure, the party stated that the actions of the Minister and the NCA have been arbitrary and lawless, having no constitutional backing whatsoever and thus must be halted.

“It is an indisputable fact that the re-registration of mobile SIM cards policy and its attendant sanctions that are being meted out to Ghanaians by the Ministry of Communications and the National Communications Authority are neither backed by the SIM Registration Regulations, 2011 (L.I 2006) nor the National Identity Register Regulations, 2012 (L.I 2111) or any law in force in the country.

“The decision by these entities to restrict the SIM Cards of Ghanaians including those who have already re-registered their SIM Cards is therefore unlawful, irresponsible and unacceptable to say the least,” part of the statement signed by General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia read.

They have unequivocally condemned the actions of the Ministry and the NCA for “such mishandling and crass bungling of a simple exercise such as the ongoing SIM card re-registration,” and are demanding that Parliament’s Select Committee on Communications halts the actions of Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu and the NCA.

Meanwhile, the party has commended individuals and groups who have taken legal actions against the government over the Communication Ministry and the NCA’s actions.

“While we commend and encourage legal actions filed by citizens of the country who have been affected by the reckless SIM Card restrictions, we call on the Parliament of Ghana, particularly the Parliamentary Select Committee on Communications to call the Minister of Communications and the NCA to order in line with its oversight responsibility over these state entities.

“The lawlessness being displayed by the Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu and the NCA must be halted now.”

Find below the full statement:

THE AKUFO-ADDO GOVERNMENT MUST STOP THE LAWLESSNESS AND ARBITRARINESS IN THE NAME OF SIM CARD RE-REGISTRATION.

The National Democratic Congress has observed with great concern the new wave of challenges that have bedeviled the ongoing mobile SIM re-registration exercise by the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government. The party notes with utter dismay that right from the time this Government, through the Ministry of Communications decided to undertake a re-registration of mobile SIM cards of Ghanaians sometime in 2021, the exercise has been fraught with chaos and arbitrariness occasioned by the incompetence of the Ministry of Communications and the National Communications Authority.

We are appalled that this objectionable impunity has reached an alarming point where the mobile SIM cards of innocent Ghanaians including those who have already undertaken the said re-registration are being restricted, thereby rendering many of our citizens incommunicado, helpless and frustrated.

We hold the view, that this simple exercise of linking SIM Cards to the Ghana card of subscribers to check crime among others, could have been easily done by extracting the biometric data of persons who have registered for the Ghana card from the National Identification Authority and matching same with the database of the Telecos. The NIA has made this point, the NDC’s Minority Group in Parliament and Civil Society Organizations have backed same.

Yet, the obstinate Ursula Owusu and the NCA will just not listen to these voices of reason but have chosen to make a fetish of a simple exercise of linking SIM cards to Ghana cards, thereby subjecting Ghanaians to needless long queues, loss of valuable working hours and sleepless nights.

It is an indisputable fact that the re-registration of mobile SIM cards policy and its attendant sanctions that are being meted out to Ghanaians by the Ministry of Communications and the National Communications Authority are neither backed by the SIM Registration Regulations, 2011 (L.I 2006) nor the National Identity Register Regulations, 2012 (L.I 2111) or any law in force in the country. The decision by these entities to restrict the SIM Cards of Ghanaians including those who have already re-registered their SIM Cards is therefore unlawful, irresponsible and unacceptable to say the least.

The NDC condemns in no uncertain terms this arbitrariness and recklessness on the part of the Minister of Communications and the NCA. Such mishandling and crass bungling of a simple exercise such as the ongoing SIM card re-registration can only be supervised by incompetent and clueless public servants like we have at the helm of the Ministry of Communications and the NCA.

While we commend and encourage legal actions filed by citizens of the country who have been affected by the reckless SIM Card restrictions, we call on the Parliament of Ghana, particularly the Parliamentary Select Committee on Communications to call the Minister of Communications and the NCA to order in line with its oversight responsibility over these state entities. The lawlessness being displayed by the Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu and the NCA must be halted now.

Signed,
Hon. Johnson Asiedu Nketia
General Secretary

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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President Akuffo Addo begins 4-day tour of Ashanti

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The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will on Monday October 17, 2022 visit the Kumasi based OTEC 102.9 FM for a an exclusive interview on their breakfast show “Nyansapo “

The regular host of the show who happens to be one of the popular broadcasters in the region, Andrews Korankye Akuoko, affectionary known as Captain Koda will moderate the show.

The visit forms part of a four-day tour of the Ashanti Region which begun on Sunday October 16, 2022.

President Akufo-Addo commenced his tour with a church service at the Saint Cyprians Anglican Church at Fante New in the Kumasi Metropolis.

President Akuffo Addo will later call on the Asante Otumfour Osei Tutu II at the Manhyia Palace after which he will proceed to inspect the ongoing works at Boankra Inland Port Project.

The president will also Commission the long waited Konongo Municipal Hospital in the Asante Akyem Central Municipality.

The president will among other things get comprehensive briefings of security situation in the region from the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) and Meeting with Security Officers at Headquarters of Central Command IDRIS Barracks.

One of the major highlights of the tour is the sod cutting event of the four tier Suame Interchange, and per the schedule, President will cut the sod on Tuesday October 18, 2022 which happens to be the third day of his tour.

Source: Myvoicenews.com

 

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National | Politics: Early NPP Flagbearer elections will ensure enough time to prepare for 2024 polls – Subin MP

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There are fresh calls within the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) for an early congress to elect the flagbearer of the party ahead of the 2024 election.

The party is yet to announce modalities for the election of the person to lead the NPP into the next election.

Several names of bigwigs in the party like Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Trades Minister, Alan Kyeremanten and others have come up as persons who may contest the flagbearership position.

But speaking to JoyNews, MP for the Subin Constituency, Eugene Boakye Antwi noted that electing the flagbearer early affords the party and the individual enough time to prepare for what will be a crucial election in 2024.

“Going by experience, my view is that let us hold the super delegates as early as say next spring, March thereabouts, give them four or five months to campaign around the country. By August when Parliament is on recess like this, we vote for both Parliamentary and Presidential, get it off the way.

“The most important thing is that we must look at the party. Akufo-Addo will not be a candidate in 2024 so whoever the candidate will be at that time is the one we should be aiming at selecting, partnering the President in terms of all these Regional tours the President is doing,” he said.

The Legislator recounted how late the party elected its Flagbearer prior to the 2008 elections which he said affected the outcome of the election results.

For this reason, Eugene Boakye Antwi believes the party must not delay in electing its flagbearer for the 2024 elections.

“I am saying that because of what happened to Akufo-Addo in 2008… Nana Akufo-Addo had only about six months to campaign at that time Mills and Mahama had split up the country into two and going various ways, it did affect us,” he recalled.

According to him, the early election of the Flagbearer has the tenacity to affect the outcome of the elections since it affords the party enough time to campaign.

“You give the flagbearer six months before the end of the year so any housekeeping duties will be dealt with at the time…just before Christmas, they hit the ground running they have one year to campaign and you will see the results,” he noted.

Source: Myjoyonline

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Politics: NDC starts constituency elections next week, National Congress slated for December 17

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The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has approved guidelines for the Party’s constituency, regional, and national elections for the next three months.

About  7,900 executives are expected to be elected in a total of 876 elections at the constituency, regional, and national elections.

The Party’s Branch elections, held in about 29,000 branches of the Party across the country, is expected to be completed next week to pave way for the next round of elections.

Per the guidelines, the Party will hold its Constituency elections between 22nd and 23rd October, 2022, while the regional elections would be held between 12th and 13th November, 2022.

The National Congress will be held on December 17, 2022.

Addressing a news conference in Accra on Thursday, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary, NDC, said all aspirants must be members in good standing and must have joined the Party for at least 4 years.

He said a 5-member elections committee would be constituted to supervise the elections at all levels.

Mr Nketia said nomination forms for all the elections would be made available online and that payment for picking and filing of nomination forms would be done electronically.

The NDC will open nominations for its Constituency elections between 20th and 22nd September, 2022, and filing of nominations is slated for 28th to 29th September, 2022.

The nominees would be vetted between 30th September and 2nd October, 2022, and the hearing of appeals would be done on October 5, 2022.

Mr Asiedu Nketia said the opening of nominations at the regional elections would be done between  October 6 and  October 7, 2022, and the filing of nominations between October 14 and October 15, 2022.
He said the main regional elections would be heralded by the Regional Youth Organiser and Women’s Organiser conferences slated for November 11, 2022.

Regarding the National Congress, the NDC will open nominations between 20th and 21st October, 2022, and filing of nominations would be received from 5th November, to  6th November, 2022.

“We will hold the National Youth Organiser and Women conferences on Saturday, December 10, 2022, and the main national Congress will be held on December 17, 2022,” Mr Nketia said.

Filling fees

The NDC said persons living with any form of disability would be offered 50 per cent discount on the filing fees at all levels.

Mr Nketia said aspirants for the Constituency Chairmanship position would pay a filing fee of GHS600 while those vying for the Constituency Vice Chairman, Secretary, Organiser,  Treasurer, and Communications Officer positions will pay GHS400.

Aspirants for the Regional Chairmanship positions would pay a filing fee of GHS 4,000, and those vying for the Regional, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Organiser,  Treasurer, and Communications Officer positions will pay GHS3,000.

“The Youth, Women, and Zongo Caucus Coordinators will pay GHS2,000 and all other deputies will pay GHS1,500,” Mr Nketia said.

The Party said it was yet to finalise the guidelines for the national elections.

As part of measures to address challenges associated with the Tertiary Education Institutions Network (TEIN), Mr Nketia said the Party had resolved that any TEIN Branch must have been credited for at least since 2020 to be eligible to participate in the elections.

Source: GNA

 

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