Joseph Anokye

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Joseph Anokye, Director General NCA
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Joseph Anokye is a Ghanaian politician, geodetic engineer, and technology manager. He is the head of the National Communications Authority of Ghana and a member of the New Patriotic Party.

He holds a degree in geodetic engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland University College.

Joseph Anokye has worked with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the United States as a telecommunications service manager and helped with the development of platforms to improve the telecommunication capabilities of organizations and countries. He also worked with the Ghana Commercial Bank, Volta River Authority, Ashanti Goldfields Corporation, and Ghana Telecom.

In September 1997, he was hired by NASA and was stationed at the Goddard Space Flight Center with a team that managed the authority's Global Mission Telecommunication Wide Area Network. He secured systems for the transfer of data, and video between vehicles, equipment, and base stations.

Joseph Anokye has worked with the Canadian Space Agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and the German Space Operations Centre collaborating to explore information transfer activities.

He returned to Ghana after working with NASA for eight years in February 2016 and was appointed Director of Technology for the New Patriotic Party. He developed software that enabled tallying of the election results from all 275 parliamentary constituencies. This system helped to predict with accuracy, eight hours after polls were closed, the results and outcome of the 2016 Ghanaian general elections.

It was alleged that he hacked the system after political agents and commentators expressed concerns about the tallying of the election results. These suspicions were raised based on some comments made by the EC Chair, Charlotte Osei. These allegations proved futile as no evidence was found that he hacked the system.

Joseph Anokye was appointed acting Director-General of the National Communications Authority replacing William Matthew Teviein in January 2017 by Nana Akufo-Addo. He reports to the Ministry of Communications.

131 media houses were sanctioned in September 2017.

Joseph Anokye and Peter Mac Manu were both deported from Kenya while on assignment by the Democratic Union of Africa to monitor the 2017 Kenyan general election. They were accused of being electoral mercenaries with the intention to tamper with the results of the elections.

This caused a lot of tension between Ghana and Kenya.

It is believed that Anokye had been introduced to Raila Odinga by President Akuffo-Addo to help the opposition with their collation. The deportations caused bilateral tensions between the two countries. Various views were expressed for and against the actions of the Kenyan authorities.