The Electoral Commission (EC) has requested that the Constitutional Instrument (CI) pertaining to the creation of the Guan Constituency be withdrawn, according to Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the majority leader in parliament.
According to him, the commission mentioned that there wasn’t enough time to convene within the legally required 21-day period prior to Parliament’s recess.
On Friday, December 22, 2023, parliament is anticipated to convene.
At a Leaders’ Media Briefing in Parliament last Wednesday, Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who is also the Leader of Government Business, explained that the EC’s request to withdraw was motivated by the upcoming district-level election and the requirement to synchronize the creation of constituencies with the election procedure.
“They submitted a request to withdraw it, and on the very day of reconvening, they had submitted it for presentation, and concurrently, they had submitted another one for its withdrawal,’’ he said during his submission, which was monitored by 1Family Radio.
‘’The reason for the withdrawal was simple. If you created a constituency, you then need to hold the District Level Elections (DLE) to conform to the creation of the constituency. However, there was not going to be any constituency at that time,’’ he added.
In order to enable inhabitants to take part in the 2024 parliamentary election, a constituency including the traditional areas of Sankrofi, Akpafu, Likpe, and Lolobi (SALL) was created.
However, the EC has stated that the requisite procedures could not be finished in the allotted time.
Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, the leader of the minority in parliament, disagreed with the EC’s ruling, arguing that the Guan Constituency district poll could take place after the election of assembly members for other constituencies.