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Martin Amidu Alleges He Was Not Paid As Special Prosecutor

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Martin Amidu has alleged that he was not paid by the government while serving in the capacity of a special prosecutor.

Amidu announced his shocking resignation on Monday, November 16, 2020, bringing his mandate to an end after three years.

According to Amidu, he and his deputy received no money from the government as salary from the day assumed office until today. He made the revelation in the statement addressed to President Akufo-Addo, announcing his resignation.

“It is essential for me to state for the purpose of the records, and contrary to public perceptions, that my appointment letter was received on 5th February 2020 (almost two (2)-years after my appointment). The copy addressees made no efforts to honor any of the conditions of appointment in terms of emoluments and benefits of the appointment ever since my warrant of appointment was issued on 23rd February 2018 to the date of my letter of resignation. I accepted the offer on 10th January 2018 to be nominated to be Special Prosecutor because Mr. President and Ghanaians knew I have been an anti-corruption crusader all my life and not an anti-corruption entrepreneur. This explains why I have never put the emoluments and benefits of the Office as central to my commitment and my passion for the establishment of an independent, effective, efficient and impartial anti-corruption Office of the Special Prosecutor before the end of the first term of Mr. President. This has not been possible for several reasons.”

“The Deputy Special Prosecutor has also not been paid any emoluments since her appointment, and there is the need to redress that situation for her now that I am out of the way,” he said in the statement.

In a letter addressed to President Nana Akufo-Addo, Martin Amidu said his decision to step down is to “enable Your Excellency to take steps to appoint a replacement to that position as required by law.”

“The one condition upon which I accepted to be nominated as the Special Prosecutor when you invited me to your Office on 10th January 2018 was your firm promise to me that you will respect and ensure same by your Government for my independence and freedom of action as the Special Prosecutor,” he stated.

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Cynthia Lamptey Appointed Interim Special Prosecutor

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Ms Jane Cynthia Naa Torshie Lamptey, Deputy Special Prosecutor has been made acting Special Prosecutor until another is appointed by President Akufo-Addo.

This follows the resignation of Mr. Martin Amidu, three years after his appointment.

Reacting to her new role, Chairman of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) Dr. Steve Manteaw said “Mad. Cynthia Lamptey, Acting SP, I salute you. It’s a difficult task, we know, but we trust you to fulfill our aspirations.”

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EC Announces They Would Declare The Winner Of The Elections After 24 hours

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The Electoral Commission(EC), led by its chairperson Mrs. Jean Mensah, announced that they would be announcing the winner 24 hours after the election comes to an end.

Mrs. Jean Mensah made this statement while interacting with some members of the Council of State on the commission’s steps in the build-up towards the elections, which is just a few weeks away.

According to her, the commission has put in place things that would help them declare the winner of the elections 24 hours later after voting comes to an end on December 7.

“We are promoting some efficiency into the system. We have worked with our numbers and we have a duration within which the results should be transmitted.

“We are expecting that by the next day, we should be able to declare the results. We do not intend to go beyond 24 hours. And we are confident that God being our helper, because of the efficiency we have introduced into the processes, we should be able to declare results within 24 hours.”

“At the polling station level, we have given the polling centres an hour and a half to be able to send the results to the collation centre.

“At the constituency collation centres as well, we have provided them with three hours within which they will collate the results accurately and send the results to the regions. We are confident that we should have all the results before midnight and we are confident that come December 8 we should be able to declare the results.”; she added.

The EC has approved 12 presidential candidates to contest in the upcoming election.

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We’re Fully Prepare For Emergency And Humanitarian Service In Election 2020 : Director General Of NADMO

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The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) is a Government agency that is responsible for the management of disasters, responding to emergency situations, and educating the general public on how to live harmoniously and be cautious about disasters.

The board operates under the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Ghana. As a matter of fact, NADMO is one of the critical agencies responsible for peace and a safe environment.

It is barely a fortnight for Ghanaians to elect Parliamentarians and the president to govern the nation in the next four years.

According to NADMO Act 2016 (Act 927) which has given them a rounded paradigm shift to be more proactive than being reactive on disaster management, the Director-General, Hon. Nana Agyemang Prempeh and the board have put up some befitting measures ahead of the December 7th Elections.

A facilitator, Mr. Bright Elorm Doviavu who spoke on behalf of the Director-General, indicated that NADMO and its stakeholders are fully preparing in managing any possible humanitarian cataclysm which may emanate from any polling station as the police service has declared some centers as critical hot spots.

Mr. Bright Elorm Doviavu added that, the Director-General, Hon. Nana Agyemang Prempeh is appealing to every tom, dick, and harry to preach peace and assist to ensure as flat as a pancake implementation of laid down protocols which are imperative to maintain peace as the president of the Republic of Ghana, H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been talking about peace. NADMO is ready for any quandary during the elections.

He called on the general public to keep on obeying all the Coronavirus Pandemic protocols ahead of the polls. The Director-General appealed to the United Nations (UN) to assist the Organisation with their preparedness towards both Parliamentary and presidential elections. The Ahafo Regional nadmo Director, Mr. Collins Osei Bonsu, and the entire Ahafo REGSEC is in full support.

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