20th June, 2012
The Daily Graphic cautions journalists not to declare election results because only the electoral Commission has the constitutional mandate to do so. It says the media have the right to make projections regarding who is likely to win based on the general direction of events, but not to put out figures and declare them. According to the Graphic, the caution has become necessary considering the pockets of violence that have characterised the electioneering. The paper says it is important to draw the EC's attention to the fact that unnecessary delays in the release of election results often give room to speculation, suspicion and accusations.
The Ghanaian Times expresses worry that about 320 million dollars meant for the IFAD funded Northern Rural Growth Programme is still sitting idle in the accounts of the implementing agencies. According to the programme Director, Roy Ayariga, the programme has not reached any farmer in the eastern corridor of the northern sector due to non-existence of banks. The Times finds it unacceptable that alternative means such as makeshift banks have not been devised for the beneficiary groups to access the fund to improve their lot. The paper therefore calls on the agencies as a matter of urgency to address the issue so that the funds are disbursed to the target groups, and not returned to chest.
The Today Newspaper says the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party will do Ghanaians a lot of good if they retract from making insightful public statements. To the paper, peace is a hot commodity in the political market.