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  1. Ahead of the 2017 National Annual Delegates’ Conference of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Cape Coast this weekend, the party has served a warning to prospective candidates for various executive positions in the party to desist from displaying their campaign posters and banners or face the wrath of the party.

    The national council of the party has, therefore, warned that the party reserves the right to “reprimand or sanction anyone who flouts this directive.”

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  2. The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA), Mrs Gladys Mann Dedey, has said that her tenure of office will not focus on her party alone but the well-being of the entire municipality.

    “When I was endorsed, my message to the people was that my tenure will not only be about the party I belong to but also for the good of the municipality,” she reiterated.

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  3. The Mampong Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Thomas Appiah-Kumi, has observed that unity and peace are the only guarantee, for the rapid development and growth in every community in the country.

    He stressed that it would be suicidal for the government to undertake projects in communities that do not enjoy peace.

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  4. The Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Koku Anyidoho, has been elected as the Vice Chair of the Council of African Political Parties (CAPP) and the Chair of West Africa.

    Mr Anyidoho’s election took place at the Third General Assembly meeting in Khartoum, Sudan, from August 19 to 20. He will serve for a four-year term in both offices.

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  5. Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, the 2016 Flag Bearer of the Progressive People's Party, says he will always place his private businesses ahead of politics.

    "Politics is public service, politics cannot make one pesewa for me. Politics, you make a contribution there, you don't take from there, It's a matter of serving your country..." Dr Nduom said in an interview on Joy FM on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

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  6. The Ejisu Constituency Women’s Organiser of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ms Patience Boateng, and the women’s representative of the party at Adarkwa Jachie, Ms Vida Agyei Boateng, are on collision course over caterers to be engaged on the School Feeding Programme (SFP).

    The two who disagreed on caterers to be selected on the programme engaged in hot verbal exchanges last week Thursday.

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  7. Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, the 2016 Flag Bearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), has argued for the various district assemblies to be empowered to operate the towing levy scheme.

    “ I do not know what the current New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration is planning and doing but in my candid opinion, it is one of the things we need to allow decentralisation to work,” he stated.

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  8. Public officials at the various assemblies who aid and abet in siting of houses indiscriminately have been cautioned to desist from such actions or face the wrath of the law.

    Issuing the caution, the Atwima Nwabiagya District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Michael Awuku Amoah, noted that indiscriminate springing up of houses in waterlogged areas in the district had resulted in flooding in the area.

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  9. The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Simon Osei-Mensah has seized heavy duty equipment belonging to Engineers and Planners.

    According to him, he will only release the equipment if the company belonging to the CEO of  Engineers and Planners, Mr Ibrahim Mahama, brother of former President John Mahama is able to provide him with documents granting the company permission to work at a bauxite concession at Nyinahim in the Atwima Mponua District of the Ashanti Region.

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  10. There is the need for political parties to be involved in local government elections. The need has been made more urgent by the fact that the country has a “weak developmental governance capacity,” that does not enable it to grow or transform.

    The imperative for the election of municipal, metropolitan and district chief executives (MMDCEs) at the local level along multiparty lines was presented by the Executive Director of the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG), Dr Emmanuel Akwetey, at a day’s retreat on the theme: “Democratic Devolution strengthens developmental governance.”

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    A Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG), Mr Kwesi Jonah, has advocated the establishment of District Development Advisory Councils at the local government level, modelled after the constitutional body, the Council of State.

    The District Development Advisory Councils would comprise chiefs and other marginalised groups in local governance, and provide the opportunities for such groups to effectively participate in governance without breaching the law.

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  12. Two political parties have called on the government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to avoid all bottlenecks associated with the smooth and effective implementation of the free Senior High School (SHS) programme to be rolled out in September 2017.

    The United Progressive Party (UPP) and the Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG) insisted that the government of the NPP as a matter of priority must ensure that sums of money meant for the programme were available to the respective schools.

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  13. A group calling itself Integrity Against Corruption (IAC) within the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Volta Region has condemned attacks on the party’s founder, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings, for speaking his mind against issues of corruption in the Mills/Mahama-led administration.

    The group said those who had made up their minds to denigrate the party’s founder must put a stop to that in order not to incur the wrath of the grass-roots who were suffering the misfortune of the party being in opposition.

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  14. A leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Sylvester Mensah, has called on party supporters to desist from destroying one another in pursuit of political desires and ambition.

    In recent times, some key members of the NDC have been engaging in accusations and counter accusations following the defeat of the party in the 2016 polls.

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  15. The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Bernard Antwi Boasiako, has inaugurated a 10-member committee to oversee the construction of the party's office complex for the region.

    The committee has been tasked to acquire a land, secure funds and also to ensure a successful execution of the office complex, which when completed, would be the first for the region.

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  16. The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development is working on a memorandum to trigger the process for the election of metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs), the sector Minister, Hajia Alima Mahama, has announced.

    Addressing participants at a day’s retreat on local governance reform in Accra last Wednesday, the minister said she was hopeful that given the President’s commitment to the election of MMDCEs, the memorandum would be approved by Cabinet.

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  17. Former President Jerry John Rawlings during a public lecture at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) was described as a gentle giant after delivering his speech but the former President immediately interrupted the MC, saying he isn’t a gentle giant so shouldn’t be called so.

    He claimed former President John Agyekum Kufuor should rather be referred to as the gentle giant because that’s what he’s known for and called by many.

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  18. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday received letters of credence from envoys from Britain, Nigeria, Angola and Burkina Faso accredited to serve their respective countries in Ghana.

    They are the British High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Lain Walker, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Femi Michael Abikoye, Angolan Ambassador, Mr Augusto da Silva Cunhu, and the Burkinabe Ambassador, Mr Pingrenoma Zagre.

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