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EC dragged to court over 45 new Constituencies
From: Ghana|Myjoyonline.com| Nathan Gadugah          Published On: August 18, 2012, 13:51 GMT
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EC dragged to court over 45 new Constituencies

Ayikoi Otoo

A group of Ghanaians have filed a writ at the Supreme Court to prevent the Electoral Commission from announcing new constituencies it claimed to have formed.

The EC in line with the constitution has prompted Parliament of its decision to create 45 more constituencies, following government’s creation of new districts.

This will bring the total number of constituencies to 275.

But some Ghanaians say the EC did not follow the letter of the constitution in creating the new constituencies and have dragged the EC before the Supreme Court for interpretation of the Constitutional provisions mandating the Commission to create constitutions.

Lawyer for the plaintiffs, Ayikoi Otoo told Joy FM his clients are of the conviction that the EC did not follow due process in creating the new constituencies.

Asked who his clients are, the New Patriotic Party aspiring Member of Parliament for Krowor Constituency said his clients were “Ghanaian registered voters.”

He said the action had been filed at the Supreme Court for directions.

He is convinced the EC in creating the new constituencies failed to look at the population quota as enshrined in Article 47(3) of the Constitution.

“Article 47(3) provides that the boundaries of each constituency shall be such that the number of inhabitants in the constituency is as nearly as possible equal to the population quota,” he quoted, adding “it is the view of the plaintiffs that the EC has not been taking the population quota into consideration.”

He explained further that by virtue of the EC’s flawed action, the Greater Accra which has its population increasing to over 4 million- with the announcement of the new census figures- does not have a commensurate increase in the number of constituencies.

“The Greater has only 27 constituencies [currently]. Now after the population census has been published, the figures are clear that the Greater Accra is leading with over 4 million people having overtaken the Ashanti Region and yet Greater Accra, looking at the new constituencies is just going to get about seven constituencies extra which is just the same as Northern Region is going to get,” he argued.

According to him, the EC is only looking at boundaries, means of communications, geographical features of a particular area as spelt out rather than the supreme condition of the population size for a constituency to be created.

“It seems to us that the Commission has over the years been looking at the exceptions in the law rather than the mandatory population census.”

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