Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (General Elections): Committee presents Report to Parliament: urges...

Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (General Elections): Committee presents Report to Parliament: urges the House to pass the Bill into Law

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The Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs of Ghana’s Parliament has presented its Report on the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to Parliament.

This follows the Referral of the Bill by the Speaker, Edward Doe Adjaho to the Committee for Consideration and Report.

The Bill seeks to amend Article 112 (4) of the 1992 Constitution to provide for Parliamentary Elections to be held on the first Monday of November in every election year. This is to ensure effective and smooth transition of government.

The Committee in considering the Referral was conscious of the importance of the Bill to Ghana. It therefore deemed it prudent to involve the political parties, civil society organisations and the general public.

Cognisance of this, the Committee held a Public Forum on Monday, the 11th of July, 2016 to solicit the views of the public on the Bill.

The Committee has critically examined the Bill vis-a`-vis the Advice from the Council of the State and the views of the participants at the Forum.

The Committee is also cautious of the implications of the change in the date of the elections of both the President and Members of Parliament from December to November.

It has also taken note of the firm commitment and assurance given by the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission and is of the view that the Bill be passed.

The Committee therefore recommends to the House to adopt its Report and pass the Bill subject to the Amendment attached.

The Chairman of the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Magnus K. Amoatey presented the Report to the House.

The Committee expressed its appreciation to the Minister for Justice and Attorney-General, Mrs Marirtta Brew Appiah-Oppong and Officials of her Ministry, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs Charlotte Osei and Officials of the Commission as well as the Officials of the Ministry of Finance for their assistance during its deliberations.

It also expressed its sincere gratitude to the political parties, civil society organisations and the general public for participating in the Forum.

The Committee’s Report was duly laid on Monday, the 18th of July, 2016, on the floor of the House.

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