The Ghanaian Times – Nana Konadu, other leaders to sue EC
FORMER First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, is threatening to lead the presidential aspirants of smaller parties to sue the Electoral Commission (EC) over its decision to stop parties without offices in two-thirds of the districts.
The former first lady who is the presidential aspirant for the National Democratic Party (NDP) is drawing support from Dr Henry Lartey of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP) and Mr. Kofi Akpalu of the Independent People’s Party (IPP).
At a two-day workshop, organized by the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) in Accra, they lamented that the EC directive to all the 26 registered political parties to submit details of their district offices to the Commission before May 31 or be banned from taking part in the general elections on November 7, was unconstitutional and unacceptable in the democratic dispensation of the country.
Afoko attacks NPP over Gifty Kusi
THE suspended National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Paul Afoko, has accused the party of appointing Gifty Kusi to the Disciplinary Committee just to form a quorum to facilitate his suspension.
He said the action by the party made it looked like; Madam Kusi was replacing William Boafo, who was a representative from Parliament.
Mr. Afoko said that because they were in a hurry to suspend him, they passed an undated letter from William Boafo through the Minority Leader to get him suspended.
Counsel for the NPP, Godfred Dame, however, suggested to Mr. Afoko that the appointment of a member to the party’s disciplinary committee was not backed by any provisions in the party’s constitution but rather his (Afoko) own conjecture.
We won’t be forced to rush RTI Bill
THE Majority Leader in Parliament Alban Bagbin, says the House will not yield to pressure from the public to pass the Right to Information (RTI) Bill in haste.
According to him despite the significant of the bill and the pressure on the legislature to pass it Parliament would not be stampeded into passing the bill.
He stressed that the law makers would consider international best practices from other jurisdictions, peruse it carefully, and pass a bill which would serve its intended purpose.
Mr. Bagbin was contributing to a debate on the RTI bill when it was taken through the consideration stage in the House yesterday.
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