December last year, incumbent President John Mahama from the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) was declared winner of the presidential election after receiving 50.7 percent of the votes. His opponent Nana Akufo-Addo from the New Patriotic Party (NPP), with which JHS cooperates, received 47,74 percent and just as in 2008 it became a victory by a narrow margin for NDC, during that time represented by the late John Atta Mills. (more…)
June 12-14, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation organized two conferences with a total number of 60 women and youth from the opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Accra, the capital of Ghana. The topic of the conferences was campaign and communication and seminars offered both theoretical and practical exercises.
“We have learned how important the institutions are for democracy to work,” explains Anthony Puowele Karbo, Chairman of the NPP’s youth organization in Ghana. He and Mustapha Ussif was part of a group of young politicians from the Foundation’s sister party in Ghana that visited Sweden for a week in March.
Mustapha Ussif recounts the group’s visit to the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the City of Stockholm. He was impressed by that fact that the department’s work goes on as planned also when the political leadership of the city changes.
“This is not the case in Ghana”, he explains, adding that in this respect Ghana has something to learn from Sweden.
Anthony Puowele Karbo is impressed by the great tolerance that political opponents show each other. (more…)
September 19-23, a delegation from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Ghana visited Stockholm. The delegation consisted of ten politically active women from the NPP, the Foundation’s cooperation partner in Ghana, who will be running for parliament in the 2012 election.
During the visit the delegation met with a number of Swedish politicians, among them Members of Parliament Cecilia Brinck, Cecilia Widegren and Walburga Habsburg Douglas, who in addition is Chairman of the International Women’s Democrat Union (IWDU) and Board Member of the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, Sofia Arkelsten, Secretary General of the Moderate Party, Eva Solberg, Chair of the Stockholm Moderate Women, Kristoffer Tamsons, Chief of Planning at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Gunnar Oom, State Secretary to the Minister for Trade. Hedvig Anderson, head of Communication at the Moderate Party, also met with them to share her experiences from the party’s successful election campaign in 2010. Furthermore, the program included study visits to an elementary school in Solna and to several social work organizations. The New Patriotic Party is the second largest political party in Ghana and is currently in opposition. The NPP holds 107 of 230 seats in Parliament.