The Chairperson of Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC) Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensa, has admitted that though the creation of new constituencies is on the agenda of the Commission, it has not taken any definite decision to create any 25 new constituencies in the country as has been alleged by a member of the Minority group in Parliament.
According to her, even though the Commission has the mandate to create new constituencies, and whereas it is on the agenda, it has not taken any decision on the matter and therefore it could not be true that the EC is considering the creation of any 25 constituencies.
Speaking in an interview with the media at the sidelines of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) sitting on Monday, April 29, 2019, the EC Chair indicated that the information making rounds in the media is a lie.
The First Deputy Minority Whip in Parliament and MP for Bnada, Ibrahim Ahmed, had alleged in a media interview a few days ago that the Electoral Commission was in the process of reviewing the country’s constituencies to add some 25 new ones ahead of the 2020 General elections.
In her response, the Electoral Commission Boss emphatically said, “That’s a total lie. The Commission has not met to consider this. Although this is an issue on the agenda and it is the mandate of the Commission, those figures and the information put out there is not true and we ask the public to disregard it.”
She explained that the Commission has the right to look at the creation of new constituencies in the country, however it is not a matter that is currently occupying the attention of the Commission in anyway.
According to her a lot of work goes into the creation of constituencies and the Commission is carefully assessing the situation to determine whether there is a need to create new constituencies at all.
Source: Clement Akoloh||Africanewsradio.com