For all of Monday’s trending topics, read the major stories making headlines in the Ghanaian newspapers…
REVIEW $953.4M POWER DEAL
Energy policy think-tank, the African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) has raised concerns about project cost, tariffs and generation regarding the 400MW thermal power plant valued at $953.4 million. The agreement is before Parliament.
OVER 30,000 NHI CARD REGISTRANTS CANNOT VOTE
The decision by the Electoral Commission (EC) not to extend the 10 days given to National Health Insurance (NHI) card holders whose names were deleted from the voters’ register means 32,485 of the affected persons who could not re-register cannot vote on December 7.
MAHAMA MUST REBUKE MINISTERS, APPOINTEES
Pressure group, OccupyGhana has cautioned President John Mahama against pardoning the Montie three imprisoned for contempt of court as such an action would undermine the judiciary.
HUNTING BANNED FROM AUGUST 1 TO DECEMBER 1
The Wildlife Division of the Foresty Commission has announced a ban on hunting, capturing and destroying of wild animals with effect from August 1 to December 1.
Deputy Minister-designate for Local Government and Rural Development, John Oti Bless, who doubles as National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Nkwanta North in the Volta Region, is in hot waters following what has been described as ‘reckless comments’ amid threats made against Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood.
MINISTERS MOUNT PRESSURE ON MAHAMA
More Ministers and some appointees of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government are putting pressure on President John Mahama to grant amnesty to the three party activists who were convicted for contempt by the Supreme Court last week.
TONY LITHUR AGAINST PARDON FOR MONTIE 3
President John Mahama’s lawyer during the landmark Presidential Election Petition, Tony Lithur appears to disagree with those who are putting pressure on the president to pardon the three National Democratic Congress (NDC) activists – now known as Montie 3 – convicted for contempt by the Supreme Court.
CPP ORDERED TO REINSTATE SUSPENDED OFFICERS
The Disciplinary Committee of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) has recommended the reinstatement of the party’s suspended General Secretary, Nii Armah Akomfrah and the National Youth Organiser, Ernesto Yeboah.
NPP REJECTS EC’S ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION OF RESULTS
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has opposed the decision of the Electoral Commission (EC) to transmit the results of the December 7 general elections electronically.
CLEARING AGENCY IN TROUBLE
The British High Commission is collaborating with the security agencies, including the Customs Divisions of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), to investigate circumstances under which a custom house clearing company attempted to clear a container cargo at the Tema Port under a diplomatic cover.
‘FREE MONTIE 3’ MOVEMENT HOLDS VIGIL
A group calling itself Free Montie 3 Movement, led by the Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Koku Anyidohu, last Friday held a night-long vigil in Accra in solidarity with the three individuals who have been jailed for contemptuous statement against the Supreme Court.
NCCE URGES PARTIES TO EDUCATE SUPPORTERS ON SPOILT BALLOTS
The Chairman of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Mr Samuel Akuamoah, has urged political parties to begin the process of educating their supporters on how to vote accurately to prevent the spoilage of ballots.
EDITORS DISCUSS ROLE OF MEDIA
Ghanaian editors, senior journalists and their Nigerian counterparts have met to discuss the role of the media in promoting participatory democracy in Ghana.
KILLINGS AT HOMOWO SCARES CHIEFS
The head of the Ashitey We family of the Lenshie Quarters of the Teshie Traditional Area, Robert Ashitei Armah is calling on the President, the Interior Minister and the Inspector General of Police to provide enough security for the upcoming Homowo festival to avert the killings and murders that characterised past celebrations.
IEA’S VENUE FOR SMALLER PARTIES FULL OF MOSQUITOES
The General Secretary of All People’s Congress (APC), Razak Opoku, has lashed out at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) over what he describes as disrespect to political parties who have no representation in parliament.
WE WON’T EXTEND DATE FOR NHIS REGISTRANTS – EC
The Electoral Commission (EC) has announced there would not be an extension of the period for the re-registration of voters whose names were deleted for registering with National Health Insurance Scheme cards.
INCREASE MATERNITY LEAVE PERIOD FOR WOMEN – STAKEHOLDERS
Stakeholders in the health sector are advocating strongly for government to urgently step in and ensure that the current maternity leave period women enjoy is increased to appreciable level to commensurate with the 14 weeks period recommended by International Labour Organisation (ILO).