Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The reprisal attacks according to reports occurred late Thursday evening. According to Nhyira FM's Kofi Asante, 5 persons also sustained injuries in the reprisal attacks and have been admitted at the hospital.
According to the PRO of the Ashanti Regional Police, ASP Mohammed Tanko the cause of the clashes is still not known.
The Manhyia MP, Matthew Opoku Prempeh who is tight-lipped on the issue is scheduled to address a press conference Friday morning.
Police in the Ashanti Region were Thursday evening deployed to Ashtown to ensure calm after violent confrontation between persons said to be linked to the MP of Manhyia, Matthew Opoku Prempeh and the man identified as Matthews.
Nhyira FM's Kofi Asante reported that the man was not only shot in the leg but sustained serious machete wounds in the attack. Another person, who is said to be the sister of the victim was also hit by a stray bullet, but her condition is stable.
It is still not clear the reason for the attack but Mathews was rushed to the hospital where he is currently receiving treatment. The police, immediately after the incident took over the town to protect the peace.
According to Asante, the MP, Mathew Opoku Prempeh was at Ashtown early Thursday morning with his team to distribute party paraphernalia and books to the constituents.
Even though he cannot immediately confirm, Asante said there were reports of misunderstanding between some of the area guys and the men following the MP.
There was a violent confrontation with blood stains visible on the road where the attack occurred.
No arrest has yet been made.
credit : JFM
Friday, November 16, 2012
The EU wants the EC to reconsider its rules to allow the media and other Ghanaian observer missions like Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO) to vote before the December 7 to enable them effectively monitor the elections.
The EU last month announced it will not send down its Observer Mission for the elections due to the existence of proper structures including a credible media.
But following the Electoral Commission's announcement that Journalists will not be allowed to participate in the special voting, the Head of Delegation for the EU, Ambassador Claude Maerten has urged the EC to rectify the situation.
"We regret the situation. It is true that it would have been better to be in a situation where the observers have the right to vote early so that they can do their job. And we regret that it was not in the Constitution Instrument which was passed by the Parliament some weeks ago," he explained.
Ambassador Maerten called for a proposal by the Electoral Commission "so that at least the media can exercise their right to vote and also do their job and inform Ghanaians about the process; it's very important."
According to him, the step if taken will be a positive arrangement for Ghana's democracy.
He also told Citi News his outfit cannot reverse its earlier decision of sending down an Observer Mission because of time constraints.
"No, we will not reconsider our position. To send an electoral mission is something which you have to forecast long in advance. So it's not just two-three weeks before the elections that we can change this decision," he explained.
Ambassador Maerten also noted that the move will have a lot of financial consequences and it will no longer be necessary as there are other international Observer Missions which will monitor the elections.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
About a dozen policemen allegedly stormed the shop in search of printed materials intended to denigrate the person of President Mahama.
Nana Asante Bediatuo, the lawyer for Buildmat's owner, contended that no incriminating items were recovered during the raid and blamed the government for using the police to intimidate political opponents.
He described the raid as unlawful and wrong, an action that "cannot be tolerated".
Unfortunately the Sierra Leonean elections have a long history of election related violence and it will be keenly watched by many in the international community. To stay up to date with information on the election we have compiled a list of websites below that we recommend you keep an eye on. There is also a list of social media platforms where it is possible to debate and discuss the different issues as they develop.
Cocorioko Newspaper - www.cocorioko.net
The Patriotic Vanguard Newspaper www.thepatrioticvanguard.com
Awareness Times Newspaper http://news.sl/drwebsite/publish/index.shtml
Sierra Express Newspaper - http://www.sierraexpressmedia.com
Awoko Newspaper - http://www.awoko.org/
Standard Times Press Newspaper - http://standardtimespress.org/
Swit Salone news website - http://www.switsalone.com/
BBC Q & A on Sierra Leone Elections - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20302544
Sierra Leone Telegraph news website - http://www.thesierraleonetelegraph.com/
Electoral Management Body
Electoral Commission - http://www.nec-sierraleone.org
Civil Society Coalition monitoring group - http://www.salonevote.com/
Sierra Leone Peoples Party - http://www.slpp.ws/
Civil Society Election Monitoring – http://www.facebook.com/SaloneElection
Sierra Leone Elections 2012 - http://www.facebook.com/groups/364070370273688/
Campaign for peaceful Sierra Leonie Elections 2012 - http://www.facebook.com/groups/275578229177204/
All People's Congress (APC) - http://www.facebook.com/pages/APC-All-Peoples-Congress/122456425777
Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sierra-Leone-peoples-Party-SLPP/148138221884646
News - @sierraleonenet
News - @SwitSalone
News - @NewsSierraLeone
Election News - @SierraLeone2012
Awoko Newspaper - @awokonewspaper
Opinion and News - @SP_SierraLeone
Aid and development news @aidsierraleone
World Changing Centre - @WCC_sierraleone
Sustainability Charity - @ShineOnSL
Promoting Sierra Leone's image - @BrandSalone
President Ernest Bai Koroma - @presidentkoroma
Opposition Lead Julius Maada Bio - @JuliusmaadaBio
Opinion and News - http://signpostsierraleone.wordpress.com/
CREDIT : AFRICAN ELECTIONS PROJECT (AEP)
A statement signed by General Secretary Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie on Wednesday said that "due to numerous requests from our teeming sympathizers on wanting to be a part of the N.P.P Campaign for victory 2012, we have decided to open our doors to all to contribute their widow's mite to the final onslaught of the campaign".
The statement encouraged sympathizers to donate food items such as:
b. Cooking oil
g. Canned fish
i. Any food items
j. Any ingredients for preparation of food.
"Our doors would be open to receive these items from Monday, 19th November to Sunday, 25th November, 2012 from 8am to 6pm daily. We call on all market women's Groups, Shop Owners, Commodity Wholesalers/ Distributers, Cold Store owners etc to come and support Nana Akufo-Addo and the Great N.P.P. to victory.
"Donors may contact the National, Regional or Constituency offices of the party. You may also call these lines 020 842 75 28/ 023 507 30 75 if you want us to come and pick your donation".