House to decide on District Assembly Elections this week

Dr Afari GyanParliament is expected to take a decision on the District Assembly Elections which is currently in limbo, this week.

The special committee formed last week to deliberate on the election and chart a way forward, presented its report to the plenary yesterday.

Although details of the report was not immediately made public, the House is expected to debate on it and take a decision before the close of the week. 

The special committee, which was formed last week when the Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan, met the Committee of the Whole, comprised the leadership of the House, the Committee on Subsidiary Legislation, Local Government Committee and the Attorney-General.

The Supreme Court, on Friday February 27, prevented the E.C from proceeding with the elections when a fisherman, Benjamin Eyi Mensah, took the E.C. to court after the Commission had refused to accept his nomination forms to contest the election.

The court directed the E.C to start anew, the processes for the opening and picking of nomination forms, and urged the Commission to accept the nomination forms from candidates who had earlier been rejected for presenting the forms late.

As a result, Parliament on March 10 invited the E.C boss to appear before it to brief the members on the circumstances surrounding the Supreme Court’s decision.

Dr. Afari Gyan admitted to the error and appealed to Ghanaians to forgive him, and added that he was ill-advised, although he did not mention who ill-advised him.

Dr. Afari Gyan requested for an additional amount of GH¢90 million to organise the District Assembly Elections anew.

The E.C was given GH¢317 million to organise the election on March 3, but the Commission was on February 27, directed by the Supreme Court to cancel all preparations towards and election and start everything afresh.

The E.C. boss said before the District Assembly Elections could be organised again, the Commission would need an amount of GH¢90 million in addition to the GH¢317 million.

The E.C boss said his outfit requested for an amount of GH¢327, million, but had so far been given GH¢317 and added that the E.C would need the balance of GH¢10 million and the additional GH¢90 million before it could start the whole process afresh.

By Yaw Kyei

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