The Electoral Commission says the delay in the approval of the Legislative Instrument covering the creation of the 45 new constituencies will not affect its preparations for the December polls.
The EC has withdrawn the earlier version of CI 73 and replaced it with a corrected version.
In an interview with XYZ News, the Deputy Chairman of the EC, Mr. Amadu Sulley, noted that the EC is conscious of the political calendar and will ensure that the Constitutional Instrument is approved on time to enable the political parties prepare adequately in the new constituencies.
“If we are to receive nominations around the middle of October and finally the re-layed CI is starting from today, and will mature by the middle of September, we are not late. We are on track.”
“I don’t think it should affect the activities of the parties,” he said, adding that the parties are already campaigning on the ground.
He affirmed that the parties have been created and the EC is only waiting for the law that gives it legal backing before it becomes legal entities.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Subsidiary Legislation, Osei Kwame Prempeh, says he is unhappy with the decision by the Electoral Commission to re-lay before Parliament, the corrected Constitutional Instrument.
The CI 73 is meant to give legal backing to the intended creation of 45 new constituencies ahead of the December polls.
The Electoral Commission withdrew the CI 73 from the house today due to what minority leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has described as "serious errors".
The Commission however, immediately tabled the corrected version of the document before the Subsidiary Legislation Committee.
It will be debated by Parliament after 21 days of sitting once approved by the Committee.
The Subsidiary Legislation Committee earlier recommended the annulment of the error-riddled document.
In light of the latest development, Osei Kwame Prempeh is arguing strongly that the creation of the new constituencies be postponed beyond the December polls.
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