Unique FM Interviews LRC

On 29th January 2013 at 9.00 am, Unique Fm interviewed LRC on Electoral disputes. LRC in partnership with STAR-Ghana with funding from DFID, DANIDA, EU and USAID Mr. AlhassanYahaya Seini, Director of Legal Aid Scheme, Ghana, discussed issues on how indigents can have their disputes resolved in an acceptable manner on the FM station. Ghana went to the polls on 7th December 2012 to elect a President and MP Representatives for the various constituencies. During the elections, disputes & offences may have arisen during the process. Because the cost of challenging an election or defending oneself in court is costly, particularly the price of legal representation, many members of society do not feel they have the ability to participate in the justice system in a meaningful way

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LRC Wins Contract

STAR-Ghana on Thursday 31st January, 2013 signed a grant agreement with 49 organizations to execute various projects in the Health and Oil and Gas sectorson the “Right to Health Project- Greater Accountability and Responsiveness of the National Health Insurance Scheme to rural and Informal sector Populations”.

This project which spans over a two-year period seeks to promote access, transparency and accountability within the Health sector in Ghana.
The signing ceremony was chaired by Prof. Akilagpa Sawyerr, Chair of STAR-Ghana’s Steering Committee. In attendance were STAR-Ghana’s Funders’ Committee (DFID, DANIDA, the European Union and the USAID).

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LRC in The Media

The LRC published two Articles in the Daily Graphic and Chronicle on 29th January 2013 and 6th February 2013. however, further education and measures by the government and other members of society are necessary to ensure this important goal is met. With the provision Legal Aid Scheme across the country, through the Legal Aid Scheme Act 1997, (Act 542), lower income persons can now access justice and have their electoral disputes heard or represented when charged by the State. This is as a result of the scheme providing legal representation in court, legal advice, and mediation with parties in connection with electoral disputes as well as providing financial waivers in filing cases to court for these persons especially those in the rural areas. Click here for the Article

• Challenging the Validity of Presidential Elections in Ghana Any citizen of Ghana who is registered as a voter may present a Petition to the Registrar of the Supreme Court within 21 days of the declaration of the Presidential results by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission challenging the election of the President. It is important to note that in August this year (i.e. 2012), new rules were made which attempt to shorten the time within such cases will be heard.

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