Ghana may shift 2016 election date
There are strong indications that the Ghanaian Parliament may give a legislation to propose a shift in the 2016 election date, as announced by the Electoral Commission (EC).
The Chair of the Electoral Commission, Mrs. Charlotte Osei had announced plans to hold election one month earlier than the scheduled December 7, 2016 date.
The new date suggested by the EC is November 7, 2016. It is however subject to parliamentary approval.
Since 1992 when Ghana returned to democratic rule, Presidential and Parliamentary elections have been held on December 7. If the proposal sails through at the Parliament, Presidential and Parliamentary election will subsequently hold on November 7. The Parliament is believed to be in support of the decision to move forward the Election Day.
For instance, the Chairman of the Parliament Select Committee on Subsidiary Legislation, Osei Bonso Amoah has hinted that the legislative arm was amenable to the expected change in date.
“It will take us about five months to amend the constitution to accommodate the change but thankfully that provision of the constitution is not entrenched.
“So the executive, especially the Attorney -General will have to bring the amendment to the Parliament. We will seem to agree that it is time to change the date to allow for run-offs, especially for the presidential elections and hand-over. You wouldn’t want the entire process to be conscripted,” he declared.
Judges at the opening ceremony for the 2015-2016 FCT Legal year in Abuja yesterday.