European Union (EU) donated €7million ($8.8 million) grant to Ghana towards this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections

June 14, 2012

Africa, Government/Politics

Ghana gets €7 million from European Union for 2012 elections

 

Cephas Larbi
Peace FM Online

The European Union (EU) has donated a €7million ($8.8 million US) grant to Ghana towards this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections to be held on December 7.

The amount is to support independent government institutions involved in the electoral process towards democratic governance and development.

These institutions are the Electoral Commission (EC), National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and National Media Commission (NMC).

The support was based on recommendations from the EU Electoral Observation Mission to Ghana for the 2008 general elections on the need to further deepen and consolidate Ghana’s democracy, in line with the nation’s objectives for good governance.

Speaking at the presentation, Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, Chairman of EC, said after the signing of the grant contract in May/June 2011, beneficiary institutions received the first tranche of their grants and had either implemented planned 2012 activities or were in the process of implementing activities for 2012.

He said €1.5million ($1.8 million US) had been committed specifically to the operations of NCCE towards the 2012 general elections, adding that the NMC had €1million ($1.25 million US) to support its activities in monitoring the media effectively, while the EU provided the EC with €3.8million ($4.7 million US), with the left-over earmarked for other related programs.

According to him, the EC would use its share of the support to build human resource and institutional capacity over the electoral cycle 2010 to 2013.

He said part of the money would also be used to organize training courses for election administrators and training programs for registration and polling staff.

“We will also use some of the money to engage the services of security agencies, civil society and the public during elections,” he added.

Dr. Afari-Gyan said the focus on medium term capacity development of EC and the promotion of civic and voter education under the support would enhance the EC’s ability to organize future elections and also increase public awareness of the electoral and democratic process.

The Head of EU Delegation to Ghana, Ambassador Claude Maerten, said the EU attached high importance to the development and consolidation of democracy and the rule of law, respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide.

He said supporting democracy was a crucial endeavor for the international donor community, because of the intrinsic value of democracy as a political system that helped foster human dignity and the contributions that democratic governance made towards better development outcomes for individuals.

Mr. Maerten said Ghana recorded outstanding democratic achievements and had solid democratic institutions and processes even though it had gone through numerous challenges in recent years.

He said, “The 2008 presidential and parliamentary elections were considered by all the observer missions deployed to Ghana as very well-organized and transparent”.

Maerten said these grants would enable the EC, NCCE and NMC to further strengthen their constitutional mandate and to increase their overall operational capacity.

He said the EU program would also provide support to the EC training school in Kumasi, which serves as a main training facility and center of excellence of the Association of African Election Authorities (AAEA).

http://elections.peacefmonline.com/politics/201206/118940.php

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Ghana

Slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Oregon in size

Population: 25,241,998 (July 2012 est.)

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President John Atta Mills

H.E. Professor John Evans Atta Mills, the President of the Republic of Ghana was born at Tarkwa on July 21st, 1944. He hails from  Ekumfi Otuam in the Central Region. 
 
Prof Mills launched a lifelong learning at Achimota Secondary School, where he completed the Advanced Level Certificate in 1963.

Prof. Mills’s first formal teaching assignment was as a Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ghana, Legon. He spent more than twenty five years imparting acquired knowledge to students, and rose in position from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer to Associate Professor. His contribution to the University was remarkable having served on numerous Boards, Committees, and Schemes. Also during those twenty five years, Prof. Mills travelled as a Visiting Lecturer and Professor to Temple University (USA) and Leiden University (Holland), and presented research papers at Symposiums and Conferences throughout the world. Prof Mills has more than one dozen publications to his credit.

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In 1988, Dr. J.E. Atta Mills became the Acting Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service of Ghana and named Commissioner in September 1996.

In 1997,  Dr. Mills became the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana and served in that capacity with former President J.J. Rawlings till 2000.

On January 3, 2009, Prof. Mills was declared by the Electoral Commission as the President-elect of Ghana after a 2nd presidential run-off of 2008 the Presidential Elections.

Education

Bachelor’s Degree and Professional Certificate in Law- University of Ghana, Legon  1967

PhD in Oriental and African Studies -University of London 

At age of 27, Dr. Mills was selected as a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford Law School (USA).

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Video: President Mills back in Ghana from attending G8 Summit

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Nana Akuffo Addo

Nana Akuffo Addo was the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice in Ghana from 2001 to 2003 and was the Minister for Foreign Affairs from April 2003 to July 2007 under President John Kufuor.

Born March 29, 1944, in Swalaba, Nana was raised in Ga Maami (Accra Central) and in the Nima area of Accra.

He comes from a family where public service is considered a duty and an honour. His father’s residence, Betty House at Korle Wokon in Accra, was effectively the headquarters of the country’s first political party, the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), after it was formed at Saltpond on August 4, 1947. Three of the Big Six (founding fathers of Ghana) were Nana’s blood relatives: J.B Danquah and William Ofori Atta were his grand-uncle and uncle, respectively.

Edward Akufo-Addo, who became the 3rd Chief Justice of Ghana and later ceremonial President of the Republic of Ghana from 1969-1972, was his father. The executive power was under the  Prime Minister of Ghana during this time.  Edward Akufo-Addo was educated at St Peter’s College, Oxford, where he studied Mathematics, Politics and Philosophy. Edward was called to the Middle Temple Bar, London, UK in 1940. He died  July 17, 1979.

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Nana Akuffo Addo was  an associate counsel with Coudert Freres (Brothers), a US law firm, at its Paris office in France from 1971-1975 and a junior member of the chambers of U.V. Campbell from 1975-1979. Nana Addo became senior partner and co-founder with Dr. Edmund Prempeh of a prominent law firm, Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co. in 1979.

Nana Akuffo-Addo was elected NPP Member of Parliament for Abuakwa constituency from 1997-2001 and 2001-2005; and after the split of the constituency to Abuakwa north and south, he was elect Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South constituency from 2005-2009.

In the 2008 presidential election, Akufo-Addo received the highest number of votes in the first round of voting failed to obtain the required 50+1%, pushing the election into a second round runoff between him and National Democratic Congress candidate John Evans Atta Mills who eventually won with 50.23% as against Akufo-Addo’s 49.77% vote.

Source: Ghanaweb

Education

 Nana Akuffo-Addo had his primary education at the Government Boys School and later Rowe Road School (now Kinbu) both in Accra Central. Nana went on to England’s Holmewood House Prep School before attending Lancing College, Sussex, England to study for his O- Level and A- Level examinations.

Bachelor of Science in Economics- University of Ghana, Legon 1967

English Bar (Middle Temple) July 1971
Ghanaian Bar July 1975

Speaks Twi, Ga, English, and French

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Video: Interview with Nana Akuffo Addo on BBC- Hard Talk

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Video: “An African Election” film about Ghana’s 2008 elections

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Video: Getting more Ghanaian women into politics

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Video: Ghana’s first official oil launch

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Cultural Ghana

Video: The Accra Mall -Ghana’s first indoor shopping mall

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Video: George W. Bush Motorway -Accra, Ghana

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Video: Proposed Accra Monorail -public transportation system

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