Delay in presidential assent to RTI Bill due to slow manual processes – Ben Abdallah
About a month
after the Right to Information (RTI) Bill was passed by Parliament, it has not
been forwarded to the Office of the President for assent.
This is because the Bill is being proofread to reflect the numerous changes made at the consideration stage.
After close to twenty years in and out of Parliament, the bill was passed by lawmakers earlier this year but it has however not been assented to yet by the president to make it law even though it will take effect in 2020.
Ben Abdallah, Chairman of the Constitutional, Legal and
Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament, attributed the delay to the slow
manual processes of the House.
“They are doing the proofreading with all the urgency and alacrity that the act deserves so I think they are doing the best they possibly can to ensure that the proofreading is completed to be sent to the president for his assent,” he assured.
President Nana Akufo-Addo had earlier assured to gladly give his assent to the bill as soon as parliament passes it into law saying “I will, happily, give my assent to it as soon as it is brought to my table.