Chairman of the EC, Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan has come under fire over the CI 78
Some political parties contesting this year’s general elections have expressed their worry over reports that as many as 25 electoral areas are likely to be left out of the constituencies re-demarcation should the CI 78 materialize.
Wednesday’s edition of the Chronicle
newspaper reported that about 25 electoral areas are missing in the CI 78 laid in Parliament and waiting for its maturity to become law.
The NPP General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, in an interview with Citi News
insisted that the Electoral Commission should do its home work well on the re-demarcation of the additional 45 constituencies.
He said: “I think that we as a party have had our concerns time and time and again raised on this matter and what baffles us and other civil society organization is the rush that the EC appears to be showing in terms of the establishment of these 45 new constituencies.”
He advised the Chairman of the EC, Dr. Afari Gyan “to take his time to ensure that the right things are done and when you rush like that it doesn’t help and in spite of all the advice that we have given Afari Gyan he appears to be recalcitrant in his approach.”
The General Secretary of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Bernard Monah agreed with the NPP’s position saying, “the PNC requested that the Electoral Commission ought to call for an early IPAC meeting upon which we will be able to deliberate on matters and the EC has not availed itself for us to meet and discuss these issues; if our fears are justified why is this happening, is it that the EC has redesigned the constituencies therefore some polling stations will have to be taken away.”
Meanwhile, the Progress People’s Party’s (PPP) National Secretary, Kofi Siaw mentioned that “we believe that Parliament must expedite action in reviewing that document so that if there are mistakes they can draw the attention of the Electoral Commission so that we can get a revised version of the CI78.”
“The Electoral Commission despite the fact that it is exercising its constitutional mandate can disenfranchise some of the electorates no matter where they find themselves. That is a very critical matter that all of us need to put our lenses of national interest on so that we can come to a conclusion that it is necessary for the creation of the constituencies or otherwise,” he added.
By: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/Citifmonline.com/Ghana