Mr. Jim Mcalphine, Head of Mission, DFID, was the guest of honor at the Institute’s monthly Ambassador’s Luncheon Meetings in May. He was accompanied by Ms. Sonia Warner, the Senior Governance Adviser at DFID. The luncheon was equally attended by distinguished personalities including Justice Sophia Akuffo, Justice of the Supreme Court; Justice Emile Short, Former Commissioner of CHRAJ; Mr. Bernard Avle, Broadcast Journalist; Hon. Albert Kan-Dapaah, Head of Centre for Public Accountability; Hon. Dominic Nitiwul, Deputy Minority Leader; and Hon. E.T Mensah, Majority Chief Whip, Parliament. Several high profile members of the Institute were also present. These included Mrs. Jean Mensa, the Executive Director, Prof. Joseph Atsu Ayee and Prof. Agyeman Dua, both of whom are Senior Adjunct Research Fellows at the Institute. The luncheon was chaired by Dr. Charles Mensa, chairman of the Institute’s Board.
Discussions centered on Ghana’s preparedness for the 2016 Elections. In his presentation by Prof. Atsu Ayee noted the high stakes in the 2016 Elections. He highlighted the progress made by the Electoral Commission, Security Services and Judiciary, and emphasized the electoral challenges facing the country. According to him, the insufficient consultation on the part of the Electoral Commission and the absence of codified laws for electoral offences were some of the barriers to a credible and peaceful election. The presentation generated a vibrant discussion among the invited guests who shared their views on the upcoming elections.