A late surge in campaigning has improved the opposition's chances of victory as the economy stutters

A succession of bad elections this year in Africa – in Uganda, Gabon and Zambia – make the 7 December presidential and parliamentary elections in Ghana an important political marker for the region. In one of Africa's longest-established multi-party systems, where the electoral commission enjoys relatively high levels of trust, another set of successful elections in Ghana will send a positive signal.

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There’s a Ghanaian saying which goes like” Obaa a onim s3 onky3 wo aware ase no, otu bankye aa, ondua” akin to saying literally; that a lady whose days in her marital home are numbered, does not bother to re-plant uprooted cassava. 

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The past eight years have been a disaster for the people of Ghana. Governance standards have slipped and the economy has struggled, making life more difficult for every Ghanaian. Our country, once held up as the gold standard, has fallen markedly behind our peers.

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It is easier to be pessimistic about Ghanaians feeling the prosperous benefits of our new found wealth, oil, than to be optimistic. Anticipatory democracy, in the Ghanaian sense, has seen many Ghanaians redirecting their expectations of a better tomorrow to the Jubilee Fields offshore. The news today is that the Floating Production & Storage Offshore has been commissioned and on the high seas to Ghana. Production may begin before the end of the year. Though, Parliament is yet to pass any of the new general oil and gas legal and policy framework legislations since the 2007 oil discovery, there are assurances from Government that the Bills are ready for parliamentary consideration. more >>>
World Bank warns against prospect of $3bn “White Elephant Projects”
The World Bank has urged Ghanaians to expand public discussions on the controversial record loan facility from China to focus more on interrogating the efficient use of the funds and the nature and scope of the projects selected in order to achieve the desired national development results. Speaking at a public forum on the $3 billion Chinese Development Bank loan for infrastructural development, organized by the Danquah Institute, the resident Chief Economist of the World Bank, Sebastien Dessus, warned against the pursuit of “white elephant projects.”
Martin Amidu’s perspective on the Nolle Prosequi In The Woyome Case
As you all must know by now, on Monday, 4th June 2012 the High Court trying the Woyome case was given the assurance that the trial will commence on 5th June 2012. On 5th June 2012 the charges against the accused persons were discontinued by the entry of a nolle prosequi and all the accused discharged. Alfred Agbesi Woyome was alone rearrested and charged with two offences and the case adjourned. I had demanded as Attorney-General, and continue to advocate as a citizen of Ghana, for the retrieval of the sum of GH¢51 million plus involved in the GARGANTUAN FRAUD and the prosecution of the perpetrators of the fraud on the Republic of Ghana.
Transcript of President Mills' Radio Gold interview on Radio Gold, Friday, Dec 23:
Let me say that at the very beginning I wasn’t going to talk about this case because having referred to EOCO I would regard it to be sub-judice. But I want to say one or two things. When this case first broke, I was in the US and I ordered the two ministries involved, at the Attorney General’s Department and the Finance Ministry, to give me a report, a report which I wanted to be published so that the world would know what happened.
STX has the capacity to deliver Ghana's housing needs - CEO
Accra, June 9, GNA - STX Construction and Engineering Company of South Korea, on Tuesday discounted media reports that the corporate entity is bankrupt and can therefore not roll out the 200,000 housing deal it clenched with Government. Mr Bernard Kwabena Asamoah, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Partner of STX said: "A company that is broke cannot be listed on Korean Stock Exchange.
Ghana - On the Ground: Outlook For Elections Following President's Death
BMI View: BMI's on-the-ground research has revealed key insight into Ghana's upcoming December 2012 elections. The ruling NDC party is likely to get some sympathy votes following the recent death of President John Atta Mills, but the new President John Mahama has got his work cut out in garnering support, with only a few months to campaign. A high proportion of voters are unsure who they will vote for, so the race remains wide open. However, the newly-formed NDP is unlikely to gain much traction.
Danquah Institute Press Conference: Halt
Good afternoon ladies and Gentlemen of the press. Thank you for coming on such short notice. There’s a Ghanaian saying which goes like” Obaa a onim s3 onky3 wo aware ase no, otu bankye aa, ondua” akin to saying literally; that a lady whose days in her marital home are numbered, does not bother to re-plant uprooted cassava. 
China in Africa: Beware the dragon bearing gifts
While China is investing billions in Africa, it is also busily extracting its precious natural resources. Many are now questioning if the east's involvement in Africa will be any more beneficial than the west's has been. It'is a sweltering October afternoon 20 kilometres to the west of the booming mining town of Karonga in northern Malawi. The sun is beating down on vast swathes of dusty, arid land, parched by months without rain. Teams of Chinese labourers from the China Road and Bridge Corporation are working on a large construction project to build a road from Karonga to the remote town of Chitipa.
The significance of July’s visit
Against this backdrop, July’s U.S. state visit is significant for various reasons. It will be President Obama’s first to Africa – a continent that has not only personal significance for Obama the man, but growing political significance for Obama the President - and one that has significant expectations of the first black President to sit in the Oval Office.
GII Report: Monitoring of Abuse of Incumbency Project in Ghana’s 2012 Elections
On the 25th of April 2012, GII, CDD-Ghana and GACC launched a project titled “Monitoring Abuse of Incumbency in Ghana’s 2012 Elections”. The project will span over the period February 2012 to January 2013 and is supported by STAR-Ghana with funding from DFID, DANIDA, EU and USAID. The aim of this project is to monitor and expose the extent of both the occurrence and variety, of abuse of incumbency and pre-election political party corruption in Ghana, as a tool for promoting clean and fair elections in the upcoming 2012 elections. Click here for full report