Pressure group, Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) has threatened to embark on a three-day demonstration in Accra from September 25 to 28.
The demonstration christened, “Red Revolution demo” is intended to halt the Electoral Commission’s insistence to create additional 45 constituencies ahead of the forthcoming December 7 elections.
The EC’s decision to create the additional 45 constituencies has drawn criticisms from eminent persons and civil society organizations.
A Deputy Secretary to AFAG, Bright Acheampong on Monday stated that nothing will stop the demonstration unless the Electoral Commission rescinded its decision.
He said: “We assumed the EC should have known better but it looks like we have to school the commission a little bit: per international best practice and common sense, the creation of the new constituencies in less than two months to the general elections is unthinkable.”
According to Mr. Acheampong, AFAG is not against the powers conferred on the EC by the 1992 constitution but blowing the horn of caution on the exigencies of time, preparedness of both the EC and the citizenry and guarding against any anticipated electoral mishap.
He supported AFAG’s standpoint with a constitutional provision from the 1992 constitution saying, “aside the fact that the Electoral Commission per its stance is acting in contravention of Article 55(4) of the constitution of Ghana which calls for all parties to be democratic in their operations, common sense should always prevail in the execution of a constitutional provision particularly when there is a pending case at the High Court in relation to its constitutional viability of the CI 78.”
By: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/Citifmonline.com/Ghana