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Election 2016 Live Updates

Ghanaians have expressed diverse reactions to the New Patriotic Party’s press conference suggesting that the party was in the lead in the presidential elections.

Provisional results from 566 out of 29000 polling stations put NDC in the lead. Stay tuned for more.

The Electoral Commission has called for calm following an announcement by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) indicating that the party has won the presidential elections per their projections.

Dr Edward Mahama has eaten the humble pie

General News

Presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Dr Edward Mahama has congratulated the NPP’s flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for "winning" the 2016 Presidential elections.

The National Campaign Manager of NPP - Mr Peter Mac Manu

General News

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it is on the way to win the 2016 general election and wants President John Mahama to concede ahead of the formal declaration of the results by the Electoral Commission.

President John Mahama

General News

The John Mahama 2016 Campaign has encouraged supporters of of the National Democratic Congress  (NDC ) to remain calm because from the "parallel vote tabulation President John Dramani Mahama is in a comfortable lead.

EC officers and party agents in the Anglican Mission School in Pwalungu, a polling station in the Talensi Constituency, are unable to count votes due to an overwhelming crowd.

Residents of Karni, a community within the Lambusie-Karni constituency have boycotted the voting process due to their unhappiness with the name of the constituency.

There is chaos at the Ashaiman police station where the collation of results are supposed to take place.

Latest Headlines

Grid List

Actor John Dumelo has broken the Electoral Commission (EC) rule that prohibits voters from going into the voting booth with their mobile phones.

“Chineseman” in his element as his cohort Efo, explains it in Twi to the teeming NDC supporters

Showbiz News

William Smith popularly known as “Chineseman” of TV3’s Music Music fame has joined a litany of celebrities campaigning for President John Dramani Mahama in his bid to retain power in the upcoming December 7 polls.

Stonebwoy

Showbiz News

Stonebwoy performing at the Tappers Beach Jam held at the La Pleasure Beach to mark the launch of a new alcoholic product, Tappers Palms of leading beverage company Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited last Sunday.

Borussia Dortmund supporter Christian Kinner from Germany has secured a place in the new Guinness World Records 2017 Edition for the doing the world’s Longest shout.

Joe Dodoo

Sports News

Ghana striker Joe Dodoo’s incredible volley against Partick Thistle for Rangers FC has been voted by fans as the club’s Goal of the Month for November.

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien may soon become the first Ghanaian owner of a European club after holding talks with the managers of Irish club Limerick FC over a possible sale.

Telecom data penetration up

Business News

The total number of subscribers of mobile data in the country rose to 19,331,239 as of the end of September this year.

This represented a penetration rate of 69.22 per cent as posted by the National Communications Authority (NCA), the industry regulator.

The figure for September is as against the 19,125,469 subscribers recorded in August the same year.

Cellular mobile data operators

In the period under review, MTN’s mobile data subscribers shot up to 9,745,986 as against the August figure of 9,608,952. By that, the company’s market share for the month of September stood at 50.42 per cent as against 50.24 per cent in the previous month.

This is a clear indication that MTN controls more than half of the market as against all the players put together in the industry.

Vodafone followed with a mobile data subscriber number of 3,314,912 in September. Although it increased marginally from 3,301,319 in August, the company’s total market share dipped slightly from 17.26 per cent in August to 17.15 in September.

Airtel’s mobile data subscribers for September 2016 stood at 3,092,700 as against the 3,082,800 recorded in August. However, its market share for the month dropped marginally to 16.00 per cent from 16.12 per cent the previous month.

Tigo’s data subscribers for the period under review rose to 2,872,375 from 2,817,896 in August, but unlike Vodafone and Airtel, the company’s market share for the month under review rose to 14.86 per cent from 14.73 per cent in August.

Loser

Meanwhile, Glo became the only loser in both market share and in subscriber numbers.

For instance, the company recorded data subscriber figures of 265,085 at the end of September 2016, down from 271,756 in August. This reflects a market share of 1.37 per cent for September as against 1.42 per cent in August.

Analysts

Industry analysts have described the penetration rate as encouraging, though marginal, saying the trend is a positive reflection of the acceptance of the use of the Internet for varied reasons, including learning.

However, they were of the view that the NCA could do more to encourage the service providers to extend their services to the rural areas to enable those living there make better use of their smart phones.

According to them, the move could also help encourage industries, among other businesses, to set up in those deprived areas.

Ghana Library Authority receives new set of books

Business

The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has donated a set of story books to the Ghana Library Authority as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

The books are expected to improve the stock at the library and to offer young people an opportunity to access variety that suit their taste and preference.

They are also meant to assist in developing the minds of young people by making reading materials readily available for them.

The books were written by the current Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang.

At the donation ceremony of Accra, the Customer Service Manager at SSNIT, Mrs Victoria Abaidoo, said: “This is an external help for the younger generation to be nurtured and prepared mentally since they are the future of many institutions and organisations.”

She added that, “the main aim of this social responsibility is to nurture young minds and prepare them for the future and also help children acquire quality basic formal education.”

The acting Executive Director of the Ghana Library Board, Mrs Rebecca Akita, expressed gratitude to SSNIT and urged the beneficiaries to read the books to enhance their knowledge.

Tom Glick, Chief Commercial Officer for Man City Football Group, receives a customized Phantom 6 Plus from TECNO Mobile’s GM, Stephen Ha

Business News

Premium mobile phone brand, TECNO Mobile, and the Premier League’s Manchester City, have launched their new global multi-year partnership. By the agreement, Techno becomes the official tablet and handset partner of Manchester City and TECNO is expected to work with the club to grow its strategic marketing and advertising campaigns across the globe.