The Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) has rejected claims that it intends to create 25 new constituencies across the country.
In a statement signed by the Ag. Head, Public Affairs of EC, Michael Boadu indicated that the Commission has not taken any decision on creating constituencies beyond that of the Guan.
“The attention of the Electoral Commission has been drawn to a statement in the media to the effect that 25 New Constituencies are going to be created ahead of the 2024 General Elections.
“The Commission wishes to state for the information of the General Public that it is only creating One Constituency, which is the Guan Constituency in the Oti Region. The Commission has not taken any decision on creating constituencies beyond that of the Guan,” Mr. Boadu stated.
The Electoral Commission has laid a Constitutional Instrument and Regulation for the creation of Guan constituency for residents of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lolobi and Likpe otherwise known as SALL.
Majority leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu today laid Representation of the People (Parliamentary Constituencies) (Amendment) Instrument, 2023 and District Electoral Areas and Designation of Units (Amendment) Regulation aimed at given birth to the Guan constituency.
Residents of the communities were not allowed to vote in the 2020 which has left them without an MP ever since.
Speaking to the development after the papers were laid, Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin welcomed the move which according to him will cure what he describes as a cardinal sin against the people of SALL.
“Honorable Members the Representation of the People’s Parliamentary Constituencies Amendment 2023 is referred to the Committee on Subsidiary Legislation for consideration and report to the House.
“This is the Instrument that is likely to save this house and forgive them for the cardinal sin, we are said to have committed. It deals with the issue of the SALL and a number of them have now come up for consideration at the house,” Mr. Bagbin stated.