Ghana Election 2020: The Electoral Commission (EC), headed by it Chairperson Mrs. Jean Mensa, has announced that, the commission will announce and declare the winner of the 2020 elections after 24 hours.
The EC Chairperson made the statement when he met some members of the Council of State on the commission readiness to organize the upcoming December elections, which is 16 days away.
Madam Jean Mensa assures that, EC has put in place things that will help to carry out the elections smoothly, free, fair, and transparent to enable them to declare the elections after 24 hours.
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She said “We are promoting some efficiency into the system. We have worked with our numbers and we have a duration within which the results should be transmitted..”
Madam Jean Mensa added ” We are expecting that by the next day, we should be able to declare the results. We do not intend to go beyond 24 hours. And we are confident that God being our helper, because of the efficiency we have introduced into the processes, we should be able to declare results within 24 hours.”
The EC said they have allotted a time frame to fast track the counting of vote at polling stations and coalition centers to sort the results.
“At the polling station level, we have given the polling centres an hour and a half to be able to send the results to the collation centre
“At the constituency collation centres as well, we have provided them with three hours within which they will collate the results accurately and send the results to the regions. We are confident that we should have all the results before midnight and we are confident that come December 8 we should be able to declare the results.”
Ghana is walking to the polls to elect both their president and parliamentarians on December 7.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, has directed immediate investigations into a suit purportedly challenging the legality of the States’ Judicial Panel of Inquiry, investigating allegations by citizens against officers of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The IGP, who gave the order on the heels of trending reports in the media, today 3rd December, 2020, expressed the disapproval of the Force Management Team on the matter and ordered investigations into the alleged role of the Force Legal Section including its Head.
A statement released by the spokesperson of the Force, Frank Mba, says the Force Legal Officer has been queried and may face further sanctions if found guilty of dereliction of duty.
Mba said the IGP is committed to fulfilling all his obligations with regards to the disbandment of the defunct SARS, the ongoing Judicial Panels and all other police reforms.
The United States Government has alleged that the People’s Republic of China is the “greatest threat to democracy and freedom” since World War Two.
The Trump administration has taken a hard line on China, imposing tariffs on Chinese goods and accusing Beijing of intellectual property theft and hiding the true nature of the Coronavirus disease until it spread round the world.
The US has also made efforts to keep the China owned telecoms giant Huawei out of the American market.
Writing in the Wall St Journal, John Ratcliffe, the US Government’s top intelligence official said China was the biggest threat to democracy and freedom of the world and accused China of growing its power by stealing US secrets and then replacing US firms in the market.
According to him, China is preparing for confrontation with the US and intended to dominate the world “economically, militarily and technologically”,
Ratcliffe,the Director of the National Intelligence said China had replaced Russia and counter-terrorism as the main focus of US intelligence activities as the Super Power was engaged in a form of economic espionage that carries out “rob, replicate and replace”
He cited an example of a Chinese wind turbine firm that was found guilty in the US of stealing from a US competitor before going on to sell worldwide while the US firm lost shareholder value and fired staff.
He also alleged that US intellectual property worth $500bn (£370bn) was being stolen every year and that it was more common for the FBI to arrest Chinese nationals for stealing research at universities.
He also revealed China had been paying the head of Harvard University’s chemistry department $50,000 a month until his arrest earlier this year.
He said US intelligence showed that China had carried out “human testing” on troops with the aim of developing soldiers with “biologically enhanced capabilities”.
“China had engaged in a massive influence campaign targeting US members of Congress and their staff by encouraging unions at big firms to tell local politicians to take a softer line on China or face losing union members’ votes.
“Beijing was targeting members of Congress with six times the frequency of Russia and 12 times the frequency of Iran”, Mr Ratcliffe said.
“China believes that a global order without it at the top is a historical aberration,” he said. “It aims to change that and reverse the spread of liberty around the world.
Under President Trump, both countries have imposed tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of goods then.
This year the US ordered a Chinese consulate in Houston to close over economic espionage concerns – Beijing responded by ordering the US to close its consulate in the city of Chengdu. The two countries have also expelled each others’ journalists.
Joe Biden has said his administration will cooperate more with China when he resumes office in January 2021.
Popular Kumawood actress Christiana Awuni has joined the many people who believed what some actors did to aspiring Member of Parliament John Dumelo by supporting his opponent wasn’t fair.
With just few days to the 2020 elections, the political parties are putting their last minutes tactics in place and Maa Lydia the Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon decided to call upon actors and actresses to support her campaign.
The move has been described as a bad move judging from the fact that their colleague John Dumelo is also contesting for that same seat.
Christiana Awuni during a recent interview with Nana Romeo on Accra FM has decribed the move by Prince David Osei, Kalybos, Bismark The Joke, Bibi Bright and others as uncalled for.
According to her, they(film makers) have over the years being saying their was no love amongst themselves but some people thought it was a joke but with what they(film makers) did to John Dumelo now confirms the is no love between them.
She went on to say that the actors and actresses could have choosen a different region/constituency to go and campaign and but not Ayawaso West Wuogon.
Christiana Awuni stressed that she is disappointed in all those who involved themselves in this after actors were ridiculed by Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey.
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She concluded that if they(actors) have taken monies from the NPP, they should know that the money would soon get finished.