A-G pushes for annulment of Buem parliamentary elections to allow for fresh SALL polls
The Attorney-General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, says one surest way of getting parliamentary representation for Santrokofi, Akpafu, Likpe and Lolobi (SALL) residents is to annul the 2020 parliamentary elections of Buem.
In his view, this will offer an opportunity for SALL residents to be captured under the said area.
The Buem Constituency currently has National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Kofi Adams as its Member of Parliament.
The A-G was in Parliament to answer an urgent question on the status of the Constitutional Instrument for the creation of a constituency for SALL residents.
“The solution is not just the annulment or revocation of the L.I but it must be coupled with the annulment of the Buem Parliamentary elections,” he said.
SALL residents have complained that the Electoral Commission’s failure to allow them to vote in the 2020 parliamentary elections amounted to a breach of their rights.
According to them, the creation of the Oti Region coupled with a recent Supreme Court decision and failure of the EC to create a constituency for them has deprived them of representation and development.
Mr Dame faulted Parliament for the delay in creating a constituency arguing the House’s inability to sit for 21 days during the 7th Parliament contributed to the delay.
He explained that the A-G at the time “advised the Electoral Commission (EC) that having regard to the limited timeframe for the passage of the proposed C.I to amend C.I. 128, it was not advisable for it to be laid before Parliament.”
He wants the Parliament to bear full responsibility because “if the House had revoked the L.I 16 that created the Guan district, we wouldn’t have found ourselves in this situation.”
But the AG also indicated that SALL residents will only have representation in Parliament after the 2024 elections.
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