Inside MARCH 25, 2019.qxp_Layout 1 4/24/19 9:06 PM Page 9 12 DAILY Politics WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH HERITAGE MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2019 CDD raises concerns over voter verification during referendum THE DEPUTY Executive Director of Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), Dr Franklin Oduro, has raised issues with the resort to manual verification of voters during last December’s referendum, saying that was not good for the integrity of the election. He said although it was not illegal to do manual verification of voters during voting, the mass level at which this was carried out raised questions about the credibility of the polls. Dr Oduro, however, said he was not surprised that the two main political parties – New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC), did not complain because they both supported the creation of the new regions. The CDD Deputy Executive Director was speaking on the •Dr Franklin Oduro, Deputy Executive Director of CDD topic: ‘The 2018 referendum: lessons for 2019 referendum and election 2020’, at a strategic partners’ learning event organised by NORSAAC, a civil society organisation (CSO), in Tamale. The programme formed part of NORSAAC’s “Referendum We Want” project, supported by STAR-Ghana Foundation. It brought together state institutions, CSOs, political parties, traditional authorities and the media. The aim was to share NOR- SAAC’s observation report on the December 2018 referendum on the creation of new regions, for the participants to assess the conduct of the poll, and make recommendations to help improve the conduct of the upcoming referendum in September. Dr Oduro cautioned that “if we use discredited means to get a certain outcome against the will of the people, the consequences will be dire for the country”. The referendum, to be held in September on the election of Metropolitan Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMD- CEs), was complex in terms of the issues involved and he called for more resources for state bodies to undertake effective public education. This was necessary to make sure that the people become wellinformed to make the right decision. The NORSAAC’s report faulted electoral officials for the wrong placing of voting booths, something it said did not allow for the secrecy of voting. It also deplored the situation where polling officials help some voters to thumb-print ballot papers and proceed to drop them in the ballot boxes themselves. Alhaji Abdul Razak Saani, Northern Regional Director of National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), highlighted the need to deepen efforts in building public confidence in the Electoral Commission (EC) to help the people to believe that it was doing a good job. Mr Alhassan Mohammed Awal, Executive Director of NOR- SAAC, said measures should be taken to ensure that flaws identified during the December 2018 referendum were not repeated.GNA PARLIAMENT OF GHANA ANNOUNCEMENT INVITATION TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC FOR MEMORANDA ON THE GHANA HEALTH SERVICE AND TEACHING HOSPITALS (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2019 The General Public is kindly informed that the Ghana Health Service and Teaching Hospitals (Amendment) Bill, 2019 has been introduced in Parliament and referred to the Committee on Health for consideration and report. Interested persons, groups and organizations willing to make submissions on the Bill are kindly requested to submit memoranda to the Clerk to the Committee within two (2) weeks after publication. THE CLERK TO THE COMMITTEE PARLIAMENTARY SELECT COMMITTEE ON HEALTH PARLIAMENTS/STATE HOUSE ACCRA Soft copies of the Bill may be accessed from the Website of the Parliament of Ghana - www.parliament.gh The Clerk to the Committee may be contacted on 0244715438 for further information.
13 WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH DAILY HERITAGE THURSDAY, APRIL25, 2019 Fimfim exposes the ‘forces’ in music industry BY ERICA ARTHUR FIMFIM THE Rapperman, an artiste, has stated that the entertainment industry in the country needs reformation because of some acts that undermine its growth to the expected standard. The prolific Ghanaian sound engineer, known in private life as Isaac Adu Buxton, calls those acts ‘Forces.’ Firmfim the Rapperman, who is also a producer, said the entertainment industry does not support originality, a development he attributed to laziness among some of its players. The prolific artiste, who is leading a-one-man crusade to correct these malicious acts in the industry, said, “The industry is not paying; the industry is on its last legs.” Firmfim the Rapperman has composed a new tune dubbed ‘Forces’, which exposes the forces that work against talents and creativity in the Ghanaian entertainment industry. In an interview with DAILY HERITAGE, Fimfim explained that ‘Forces’ was inspired by challenges faced by the artistes in the music industry. “The industry has been compromised to the point where one artiste needs to sound like the next in order to be given audience.” He added that, “Several artistes pay a lot of money to get a record done, huge sum to shoot music videos and even pay to get it played on the radio, yet the fans are hesitant to click on buy links to support the act. “Diversity breeds expansion and that's what the various stakeholders are failing to appreciate. The industry needs fresh breed of artistes to grow and proper structures to function, hence the inspiration behind the choice of name for the song. ‘Forces’ targets every stakeholder of the industry, Government inclusive.” Fimfim, who is also known as the conceptual lyricist, in the song, addressed artistes to go back to writing songs. He said “the torchbearers of the industry should point the light to the right direction, with the government introducing working structures that will check and protect the intellectual properties of the creative arts as a whole. Hammering on the fact that some industry players do not support talents, but support individuals based on how controversial they get by either exposing some parts of their bodies or doing something to get attention. “Sex sells but what happens when these same features that made you sexually attractive fades due to aging? Real talent never dies; thus. I will urge these female artistes to work on their talent to sell rather than focusing on their sexuality as a means of breaking through. The art goes beyond the fame.” ‘Forces’ was written and produced by Fimfim and it features DJ Huarache, who did the scratch works during the interludes. “I am a "conceptual lyricist" who loves addressing issues,” Fimfim said. The song is available on all digital distribution platforms like sound cloud, iTunes, spotify, deezer, and Amazon. The video to the song will be dropped soon. • Fimfim the Rapperman Miss Ghana UK shows love to psychiatric patients BY RAMSON ACQUAH-HAYFORD THE WINNER of Miss Ghana UK, Akua Ohenewaa Anim, and the first runner-up, Sherrie Gauld Akoto, on Easter eve led the Miss Ghana Foundation to donate assorted items to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital. The annual gesture from the foundation is one that they intend to keep going since mental health sits at the very top of the foundation’s priorities. Miss Anim told the DAILY HERITAGE after the donation that, “We’re filled with such great pleasure and love as we stand here today to present these items to the hospital. “…And we’re aware all this wouldn’t be impactful if not for the amazing works the nurses and caretakers here are doing.” She called on corporate bodies, institutions and individuals to contribute their quota to the improvement of the hospital. • Miss Akua Ohenewaa Anim (R), presenting the items to Madam Beatrice Nyarko (L) Miss Akoto said coming back to give to the hospital was destined because her grandmother was a nurse there years back. “My Grandmother Georgina Ohene Akoto was a psychiatric nurse in this hospital sometime in the 60’s. And I am a newly-qualified psychiatric nurse, so it runs in the blood actually,” she said with a grin. Miss Akoto added that it was a very insightful moment for her because she had got to understand the difference between mental health systems in the United Kingdom and Ghana. “This has made me decide to return sometime soon to merge some experiences from the UK with that of Ghana and implement certain policies to help improve mental health here.” Items donated to the hospital included food, toiletries and medical supplies. Beatrice Nyarko, Deputy Director of Nursing Services, receiving the items on behalf of the hospital, said, “It is interesting that every year the Foundation thinks about us, especially the children who are quite unfortunate and abandoned by their parents. This donation is a relief because whatever we do for them comes from the hospital’s coffers and it gets stressful at times. “We would like to say a big thank you to them and ask God to replace everything they lost, and we believe this will not be the end of our relationship.”