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Nii Samoa Addo slams NPP over ‘chauvinistic’ comments against Naana Opoku-Agyemang

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A private legal practitioner and member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Nii Kpakpo Samoa Addo has slammed the New Patriotic Party (NPP) over comments the party made against Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang, the NDC’s running mate for the 2020 presidential elections.

The former Minister for Education, was on Monday named by former President John Dramani Mahama as his running mate for this year’s presidential election.

Some bigwigs of the NPP subsequently criticised Prof. Opoku-Agyemang’s nomination.

At a press conference in Accra, Communications Director of the NPP, Yaw Buaben Asamoa said per the party’s observation, “we only conclude that the choice of Prof Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman by Mr John Dramani Mahama is a clear indication that he does not take the Ghanaian electorate seriously”.

Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu also watered down any possible impact the nomination of the former Education Minister will make in the December 7 Elections.

However, speaking on The Big Issue on Citi TV, Nii Kpakpo Samoa Addo indicated that he was surprised by the statements made by some members of the governing party.

“The reaction especially from our major political opponent, the NPP has been one that leaves much to be desired. If you have daughters you will begin to understand why some women activists fight the way they fight. Some of the statements have been shocking.”

“I traced it from the President’s statement from the SDGs conference because it is a DNA, and it tells you they are taking their source from somewhere. It tells you the structure of the party and their reaction to female empowerment and I hope Ghanaians are taking note. Last year there was a lot of fury when the President made that statement that he does not see enough dynamism and activism on the part of women in the country. This was the President at the SDGs conference making an observation, that in his opinion, women have not shown enough dynamism and activism…So should this not have been good news to them?” he asked.

Mr Samoa Addo further described the comments by members of the NPP on Prof. Opoku-Agyemang’s appointment as chauvinistic.

“The first one was fired by the spokesperson of the NPP who categorically stated that Mahama does not take the Ghanaian electorates seriously. That was the most chauvinistic statement I could ever hear or imagine to come from my colleagues. He was very categorical that Mahama does not take the Ghanaian electorate seriously simply because he selected a woman his running mate. We thought that was the worst, then the majority leader comes to say that if the NDC should win power; in the absence of Mahama, Jane Naana is not qualified to be president simply because she is a woman.”

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We’ll sanction officials breaching COVID-19 protocols at registration centres

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has begun investigating the breaching of COVID-19 protocols by its officials at some voters’ registration centres.

This follows the circulation of a video showing how some registration officials at some centres are failing to clean the fingerprint scanners before and after their use.

The EC said it will not hesitate to sanction officials involved in the act.

“The Electoral Commission’s (EC’s) attention has been drawn to a post circulating on social media about the failure of some registration officials at certain centres to clean fingerprint scanners before and after their use.

“The EC will not hesitate to take the necessary action against any official found to be negligent in the observance of the COVID-19 protocols. Additionally, the EC has alerted its monitoring teams to put that agenda on their radar as well as re-echo the precautionary measures to its temporary staff,” the EC said in a statement.

There have been reports of disregard for COVID-19 safety protocols at some registration centres since the exercise kicked off, forcing the EC to introduce some measures to ensure a greater level of compliance to COVID-19 preventive measures.

The EC introduced the queue management system at all of its registration centres to tackle issues with overcrowding.

The queue management system will ensure that the first 150 applicants who arrive at the registration centres will be provided with “numbered chits”, according to the EC.

The first half of this number will be served from morning to early afternoon, while the second half will be asked to leave the centres and return in the afternoon when the registration process for the first batch has been completed.

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Police probe case involving officer who slapped woman at registration centre

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The Ghana Police Service has commenced investigations into circumstances under which a police officer slapped a woman in the ongoing voter registration exercise.

The incident, which was captured in a video that has gone viral shows a woman who was in a queue at an unknown centre being slapped by a police officer after a few exchanges.

They were later separated by other registrants at the centre.

“The attention of the Police Administration has been drawn to a video circulating on social media in which a police officer is seen slapping a woman at a place believed to be a Voters Registration Centre.

“The Police Administration wishes to assure the public that it has commenced investigation into the matter and will provide facts of the matter to the public in due time, all should be assured,” the statement said.

There have been pockets of the violence at some centres since the EC began its registration exercise.

Two men who were recently engaged in a fight with machetes at the E.P church registration centre at New Town in Accra have been re-arrested after being freed by some sympathizers

DSP Afia Tenge said all arrested persons have been arraigned.

“On 7th of July, two persons were arrested at the EP registration centre in Accra Newton for engaging in a fight and wielding machetes.

“An action security detail on the ground suspect was likely to cause a breach of peace. On their way to the Police station for proper custody, some young men suspecting to be sympathizers of these suspects crossed the Police vehicle and impunity and forcibly the two persons. They have all been arrested and arraigned. ”

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Nine things that are killing your phone battery

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Gone are the days when phones were used for the sole purpose of making calls and sending text messages. The smartphones we have nowadays can do most of what a computer can do. We can surf the net, look for new friends, play games and record audio and video with this little device.

However, we can only perform this task when there is sufficient battery power. How painful is it when we run out of battery power right in the middle of a chat or conference call. Here’s a list of common things that kill your battery quickly.

1. Games

You’re waiting to see the doctor or travelling on a train and the boredom soon kicks in. To pass away the time it’s not uncommon to get out our phone and play candy crush or clash of titans.

Firing your brain cells to find three matching pieces on candy crush makes time pass away swiftly, but it also drains your battery quickly, mainly due to their high graphic quality (and sound if you have it turned on).

2. Facebook

It is hard to find people with smartphones who don’t check their Facebook feeds at least once a day.

Social media lets you keep up to date with what’s going on, or just chat to friends or post on their wall. But it’s also a battery drainer and if you don’t close the account down it’ll often be running in the background too.

3. Screen Brightness

Most smartphones nowadays come with extra-large screens which can be great if you’re watching videos on them. Of course you need some amount of brightness to see your phone screen, but keeping it bright drains the life out of your battery. If you use it for a torchlight it empties the battery even quicker.

4. Bluetooth

Bluetooth can be a blessing. Not only does it allow you to enjoy the generosity of people, but it also keeps you productive as well. With Bluetooth, you can connect your phone to a Bluetooth enabled headset, share and receive files and so much more. When your Bluetooth isn’t needed, be sure to turn it off.

Forgetting to turn it off, as many people do, will drain your battery faster than a bullet train travelling to Tokyo.

5. Location Services

Some of us have become so dependent on location services on our phone that we could get lost without it. GPS allows us to find places via Google Maps and saves you having to ask people the directions to a place if you haven’t been before.

But if you leave it on for too long you run the risk of losing power even before you reach your destination. It’s a good idea before leaving home to download the map so they can be used offline, as using GPS whilst also being connected to the Internet is a sure-fire battery drainer.

6. (Music Players) Spotify

Music is life. We often turn to services like Rhapsody and Pandora to get the music we need.

The problem is that Spotify, the most popular music service, drains the life out of our battery pretty quickly, especially if you’re not listening to music with earphones. It’ll save your battery life if you have the songs downloaded to your phone and not connected to the Internet.

7. Snapchat

Everyone can guess what you are doing with your phone when you pull a weird gesture with your face before typing a message. There is a 90% chance that you are on Snapchat, and you want to let some folks envy you a little.

If you still love your battery, you just have to turn off the geofilter and rainbow puking. Snapchat is a big battery killer because it makes use of your camera and location service at the same time.

8. Facebook Messenger

This is one of the coolest messaging apps that allow us to do incredible things like sending a GIF or emojis to friends. Almost everybody who uses Facebook also uses Facebook Messenger.

As sweet as the app may be, it is a big-time battery killer. If your battery is running low, your best bet is to resist sending that hilarious picture to your friend until you get your phone back on charge.

9. Netflix

Netflix allows you to watch HD videos over a WIFI network. The movies list and TV shows on it are almost endless! This cool streaming service takes us to an entirely new world of fantasy, helping take our mind off the stress of life.

As good as this may be, one thing it won’t do for you is give life to your battery. This is due to its high HD display and the data it burns. In simpler terms, Netflix is your phone battery’s enemy.

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