Majority leader, Mr.Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu has said that, the electoral commission (EC) will provide an adequate update to Parliament on its preparations towards the conduct of Ghana’s 2020 general elections.
However, he was not certain on the exact day as he was still in consultations with the Commission and he has asked the Chairman of the Special Budget Committee to do further checks.
The Majority Leader made the announcement on the floor of the house in Osu. In response to concerns raised by Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader and MP for Tamale South and Mr.Governs Kwame Agbodza, MP for Adaklu after the reading of the Business Statement for the second week of the current meeting.
Mr Agbodza said general elections in Ghana are big issue and with a few months to the elections, a lot of information are going round on which the EC must brief the House on.
He recalled that in the time of Madam Charlotte Osei, the former chair of the EC, she was in the House at a closed door meeting, at which MP’s had the opportunity to elicit responses regarding its preparedness towards the elections.
He added that there’s a need for the nation to have a free and fair elections and the House must be updated on how prepared the EC was towards attaining that goal.
Minority leader, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu said he wanted a definite answer on when the EC was coming to the House for the briefing so that the House could work on all the necessary Constitutional Instruments required.
Mr.Iddrisu called on the Ministry of Finance to make timely releases to the House to execute its work.
The Majority Leader, Mr.Kyei Mensah Bonsu also said the programme and budget for the 2020 general elections have been set out in the 2020 budget but further details could be elicited from the Commission.
Story by Nana Esi Nhyira