December 7 Polls: Campaign Ends Today
The various political parties contesting this year’s general elections are expected to wrap up their campaign activities today. About 11 parties are contesting both the presidential and parliamentary elections. An independent candidate is also contesting the presidential election. There has already been a Special Voting Exercise on December 1, 2020 and the mass voting is scheduled for Monday, December 7, 2020. Incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo, the ruling NPP flagbearer and former President John Mahama, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate, are the two mai...
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Nana, Mahama Sign Peace Pact
President Nana Akufo-Addo (right) and former President John Mahama T The two leading Presidential candidates for the 2020 general elections have signed a peace pact. Both incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo who is leading the NPP into the 2020 general elections and his main rival, John Mahama, presidential candidate of the NDC, signed the pact at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel on Friday, December 4, 2020. Witnessing the signing were National Chief Imam, Sheikh Nubia Sharubutu; Chairman of the National Peace Council, the Chief Justice, President of the National House of Chiefs. The Institute of...
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Nana Sparks ‘Orange’ Challenge
President Nana Akufo-Addo has succeeded in creating yet another buzz for himself ahead of coming Monday’s general elections like he did ahead of the 2016 general elections which saw him becoming President. This time around, it is not a ‘Kalypo-drinking challenge’ but an ‘orange sucking challenge’ which has almost become the new craze and twist to his campaign. It follows a video showing President Akufo-Addo sucking oranges from the top of his open-top vehicle during a drive-through in Bantama on his recent campaign tours of the Ashanti region. In the said, he is seen taking an orange from a bl...
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Makabayan to fight poll disqualification bid
Progressive lawmakers on Thursday said they would resist a plan by the government’s anti-insurgency task force to disqualify them from participating in future elections for allegedly serving as fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. on Tuesday said the government would move to disqualify the lawmakers because they “do not believe in condemning the NPA (New People’s Army) for its violent actions.” “The elections are in 2022, but you can be sure that we will go toward that direction as soon as possible,” said Esperon, who is also ...
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Bye-elections: PDP calls for free, fair elections
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to take steps to ensure that the Saturday’s by-elections are free and fair. The party made the call in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Friday. Ologbondiyan alleged plot to use compromised security agents and armed thugs to unleash violence and muscle the Saturday Bakura Federal Constituency by-election in Zamfara. Ologbondiyan said there was already siege on innocent citizens of the state, where at least two supporters of PDP, had been gruesom...
People depolarize after elections as their attachment to their preferred political party weakens
Affective polarization — one’s level of animosity towards political rivals – tends to decline in the wake of elections, according to new research that examined data from 42 countries. The study, published in the journal Electoral Studies, indicates that this depolarization is partially the result of citizens becoming less strongly attached to political parties over time. “Affective polarization is one of the main concerns for the health and quality of contemporary democracies. Some polarization may be beneficial for democracy, since it can, for example, increase turnout in elections. However, ...
We thought bribes were better than bullets for ballots, what happened?
After the violence of the 2001 and 2006 elections, many were pleasantly surprised by the mild, even boring, nature of 2011 and 2016. We believed, then, that the end of military operations against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in northern Uganda had removed the excuse of the army’s inevitable role in the political arena, particularly during elections. Without the leakage of war expenditure, the government, we assumed, now had financial legroom to invest in creating a peace dividend from which it could extract electoral support. In fact, this column argued that while bribery is morally wrong,...
Israel's tax year is ending. Here's what you need to know
With the pandemic and the possibility of elections on our mind, it is easy to forget that the Israeli tax year ends soon, on December 31. There are many things to consider, including those outlined briefly below.The big pictureThe pandemic means the Israeli government is confronted with rising expenditure on coronavirus grant support and falling tax revenues from many businesses and workers laid off. It seems fair to assume Israeli tax rates may soon rise, even if there is less income to tax.BusinessesBusinesses should consider among other things: coronavirus grant claims; adjusting monthly in...
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What the Philippines can learn from the US elections
What the Philippines can learn from the US electionsAn earlier article discussed Philippine election practices observed in the 2020 US election. As we prepare for our own May 2022 presidential elections, let’s flip the question and analyze what lessons can be gleaned from the recent US elections and potentially applicable to our forthcoming electoral exercise.Unlike the Philippines where a national commission on elections oversees the entire process, elections in the US are regulated on a state-by-state basis. While the Philippines is politically subdivided into regions, provinces, cities, mun...
Court restrains Abia electoral commission from conducting LG elections
Abia State High Court, Aba Judicial Division, presided over by Agwu Umah Kalu, Tuesday, issued an interim order, restraining the Abia State Independent Election Commission (ABSIEC), from conducting the forthcoming Local Government election in the state, scheduled for December 18, 2020, pending the determination of a suit filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC). Abia State chapter of the APC had dragged ABSIEC to court on issues they observed were against the rights of its candidates and prayed the court to stop the electoral body from taking further actions that will limit the chances of ...