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EC Exposed! Mettle Nunoo Reveals How EC Officials Tricked Him Into Signing Collation Sheets For Ashanti Region

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Robert Joseph (Rojo) Mettle-Nunoo, one of the representatives of the petitioner in the ongoing Election Petition at the ‘strongroom’ of the Electoral Commission (EC), has disclosed that he was misled by some officials at the EC office to sign collation sheets which were certified by his party’s polling agents.

In his witness statement submitted to the Supreme Court on Thursday, February 4, Rojo Mettle-Nunoo indicated that he found out from his party officials at the party’s headquarters that the figures presented on the signed documents were not what had been collated.

Rojo Mettle-Nunoo averred in paragraph 10 of his witness statement that when he was at the EC headquarters as a rep for the NDC, some EC officials were telling all-party reps that, “they were correcting errors” on the collation sheets that have been sent to the EC headquarters from the regional collation centres the EC had established.

“At certain times, when we queried certain collation results from the regional levels, they were quick to say, once your representatives have signed, the only relief available to you is to go to court,” parts of his statement read.

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Rojo Mettle-Nunoo further stated in paragraph 11: “I must admit I was misled by this position of the EC officials into signing the regional collation sheet for the Ashanti Region simply because there was a signature of the agent of the Petitioner at the regional collation centre on that sheet.

I later found out from speaking with officials at the party headquarters that what had been presented on the signed collation form was not consistent with a tally of polling station results in the Ashanti region.”

Again, Rojo, averred that the NDC party’s representative in Western North Region did not sign the summary sheet for the Petitioner and gave reasons to the NDC as to why he did not sign and it was duly noted.

However, he, Rojo Mettle-Nunoo, made a mistake by signing that summary sheet in the EC’s “Strong Room”.

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“At the time I signed, I missed the fact that the agent at the regional collation centre had stated clearly the reason for not signing. We made the EC officials aware that the agent at the regional collation centre had not signed and had given a reason for not signing,” Mettle-Nunoo said.

He continued: “…in any case, officials of the EC being aware of the reason given on the form by the agent of the Petitioner for not signing, could not just disregard it and claim that, once I had signed the summary sheet, the matter was closed”.

He argued that the fact that they signed the results, even including errors, should convince the court that they were not at the EC strongroom to put “spokes in the wheel of the process of getting the proper basis for a constitutionally appropriate declaration of the results of the presidential election to be made”.

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What governments all over the world are doing after COVID

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What governments all over the world are doing after COVID in 2022.

One of the most important ways that societies intervene to buffer the adverse consequences of socioeconomic disadvantage is through the provision of social assistance. Social assistance refers to government programs that provide a minimum level of income support to individuals and households living in poverty.

When people talk about people receiving public assistance – food stamps, disability, unemployment payments, and other government help – they often have stereotypes and inaccurate perceptions of who those people are and what their lives are like.

This view of some people is affecting policy for the growing ranks of our nation’s poor, says a new report from a joint project from Save the Children and the Center for American Progress. The report compares the U.S. means of measuring economic opportunity and poverty with the experience of other countries, including five peer nations on the same income scale. It shows that people in many peer countries are given assistance as a matter of public policy, and these nations tend to view welfare programs as a short-term emergency measure.

Many countries like the U.S and spend significantly more taxpayer money on assistance than peer countries. After a few years of assistance, people on welfare in the U.S. have a much more difficult time finding jobs, according to the recent National Survey of Transitional Assistance Providers. These programs lend support either in the form of direct cash transfers or through a variety of in-kind benefits (e.g. food stamps and rent subsidies). Social assistance has been shown to strengthen the purchasing power of the poor and raise their material standards of living.

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However, the government does not provide these social assistance programs to ensure marginalized populations are treated fairly, the report says. In fact, U.S. policy determines participation by significant factors, such as the stigma associated with poverty.

Many social programs determine eligibility before a person’s need for support. They include the U.S. Earned Income Tax Credit, which provides an additional tax refund to working families. Similarly, these benefits are made available only to the poor, as with food stamps and Medicaid eligibility. The report finds positive signs.

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Throughout the world, government assistance helps increase your odds of getting a job, incorporates receiving benefits (by lowering the barriers to receive), raises your wages, and reduces the chances of falling into poverty. This means people who receive the assistance are less likely to experience long-term poverty.

Some nations take a deliberate approach to the provision of social assistance because they view the social support system as integral to promoting social and economic mobility. In many cases, straight into the workforce programs and an expansion.

Access to jobs is crucial to moving families out of poverty. Unemployment and disability, for example, only benefit people when they work. A policy reform could make the social safety net more effective.

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Nigeria Warns Of Possible Eid Al-Fitr Bomb Attacks

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Nigeria’s secret police have warned of possible bomb attacks during celebrations for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

In a statement, spokesperson Peter Afunanya said the Department of State Services (DSS) had uncovered a plot by suspected gangs to carry out attacks on critical infrastructure, places of worship and recreation centres.

The warning comes after recent explosions at bars in the north-eastern states of Taraba and Yobe that killed several people.

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A splinter faction of Boko Haram known as Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap) said it carried out the attacks.

 

 

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Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland

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Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland

The Russian energy giant Gazprom says it has cut off all gas deliveries to both Bulgaria and Poland after both countries refused to start paying for the supplies in roubles.

Earlier, both Polish and Bulgarian energy providers said they had received official notices from the Russian gas supplier that deliveries were due to be cut.

Gazprom’s announcement comes after some confusion earlier this morning, when data showed gas supplies into Poland through Belarus temporarily reduced to zero before resuming.

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Bulgaria’s gas network had also said the country was still receiving Russian gas as of this morning.

We are yet to see any data of gas volumes into Poland or Bulgaria since Gazprom’s announcement just now.

 

 

 

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