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Former Ghanaian First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings chooses Running Mate before December Polls

Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings officially filed her nomination papers as a presidential candidate Thursday, choosing Michael Kojo Mensah Sosu as her running mate on the December polls

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Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings is shown Nov. 8, 1999. VOA
  • Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings officially filed her nomination papers as a presidential candidate Thursday, choosing Michael Kojo Mensah Sosu as her running mate on the December polls
  • Mohammed Frimpong, general secretary for the NDP, told VOA that the party is confident ahead of the elections and Sosu will help the party’s drive to get youths to vote
  • The top leaders of the NDP, including Rawlings, defected from the ruling party after a major falling out; both the NDC and the NDP say they are social democrats

Oct 02, 2016: A former Ghanaian first lady and opposition National Democratic Party (NDP) presidential candidate has chosen Michael Kojo Mensah Sosu as her running mate ahead of the December polls on general election.

Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings officially filed her nomination papers as a presidential candidate Thursday — a day before the deadline.

Sosu is to appear before party supporters in the coming days at an event in Ghana’s Volta region.

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The candidates are required to pay $12,505 — while parliamentary candidates pay $2,501 — in nomination fees, in addition to meeting other requirements, according to Eric Dzakpasu, spokesman for the electoral commission.

“A key requirement for the processing of the nomination forms to make it valid for the filing is that each presidential candidate should be able to get two registered voters [signatures] per each district assembly administrative area in the country,” Dzakpasu said. “We have about 216 of the districts, so the requirement is that you would be getting 432 signatories across the country to endorse your candidature.”

Mohammed Frimpong, general secretary for the NDP, told VOA that the party is confident ahead of the elections. Sosu will help the party’s drive to get youths to vote, he said.

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Nana Rawlings, wife of former President Jerry John Rawlings, was unable to run in the 2012 presidential election after failing to file her nomination documents. She blamed officials of the electoral commission and the ruling party of sabotaging her efforts to wrest power from President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress.

President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress.Wikipedia
President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress.Wikipedia

NDC officials rejected the accusations.

Frimpong says things are different this time, after the NDP implemented measures to prevent any planned sabotage.

“This time around, those she trusted [who] had been treacherous in the assignment given to them have all been virtually gotten rid of,” he said, “and new sets of national executive committee are very dedicated and we are committed to the cause of the National Democratic Party.”

Critics say the NDP wants to create mischief, and that it is apparent the party plans to form an alliance with other opposition groups before the elections.

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The top leaders of the NDP, including Rawlings, defected from the ruling party after a major falling out. Both the NDC and the NDP say they are social democrats.

Ghanaians will choose a new president, parliament and local representatives in the December elections.

Incumbent president Mahama is expected to face a stiff challenge from main opposition leader Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party. (VOA)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?