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The Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, said the Electoral Commission (EC) has called for the withdrawal of the Constitutional Instrument (CI) on the creation of the Guan constituency.
He said the EC referred to a lack of sufficient time to meet a constitutionally mandated 21-day period before Parliament goes into recess.
Parliament is expected to rise on Friday, 22 December 2023.
Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, also the Leader of Government Business in Parliament, during a Leaders’ Media Briefing in Parliament, explained that the EC’s withdrawal request was due to the impending district-level election and the need to align the constituency creation with the election process.
“They submitted a request to withdraw it and the very day of reconvening, they had submitted it for presentation and concurrently, they had submitted another one for its withdrawal,” he said.
“The reason for the withdrawal was simple. It was that if you created a constituency, you then need to hold the District Level Election to conform to the creation of the constituency. However, there was not going to be any constituency at that time,” the Majority Leader told the Parliamentary press corps.
The constituency, which included the Santrokofi, Akpafu, Likpe and Lolobi (SALL) traditional areas, was intended to allow residents to participate in the 2024 parliamentary elections.
However, the EC had specified that the necessary procedures could not be completed within the required period.
Dr Cassiel Ato Baah Forson, the Minority Leader, however, opposed the EC’s decision, asserting that the district-level election for the Guan constituency could be held after the election of assembly members for other constituencies.
Therefore, the EC did not have the right grounds for withdrawing the C.I., he said.
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