Ghana may shift 2016 elec­tion date

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Kate Da Costa, Ac­cra, Ghana

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.

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