Jean Mensa & Others Flee From Creation Of 25 New Constituencies

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The Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) has denied social media reports that it is creating new constituencies in anticipation of the 2024 elections to raise the current figure from 275 to 300 constituencies.

The report had claimed that the Jean Mensa –led body was creating 11 new constituencies for Ashanti Region alone, four for Greater Accra, three in Eastern Region, two for Central Region, two for Northern Region and one each for Volta, Western and Upper East.

But Dr Bossman Asare, the deputy chairman of the EC in charge of corporate services, told the Ghana News Agency there is no plan to create 25 more constituencies.

He was responding to a story circulating on social media, claiming that the Commission, has created 25 constituencies across eight regions ahead of the 2024 general elections.

Dr Asare, said that although the EC has a constitutional mandate to review Ghana's constituencies after the publication of the census figures, it has not done so.

He said the creation of constituencies is governed strictly by the constitution and must go through certain processes.

"Clause 5 of Article 47 of the 1992 constitution authorised the Electoral Commission to review the division of Ghana into constituencies at intervals of not less than seven years, or within 12 months after the publication of the enumeration figures after the holding of a census of the population of Ghana, whichever is earlier and may, as a result, alter the constituencies," he said.

Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, had hinted that the EC was seeking to create 25 new constituencies before the next general elections.

According to him, the EC was seeking the new electoral structures using the impasse around Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lolobi and Likpe, SALL.

People of SALL, did not vote in the last parliamentary election and did not get a nominee for District Chief Executive.

Haruna said in an interview on a local TV channel last week that the National Democratic Congress, NDC, was going to resist the new constituencies which will take the number of seats in Parliament to 300 from the current 275.

"We are picking up signals that the Electoral Commission intends creating new additional constituencies of about 25 with 11 of them in just one region of the country. We will resist it," he said on Accra-based Citi TV's Point of View programme.

"The EC is working to create additional constituencies using SALL and from what I'm hearing they may want 11 of those seats to be in just one region of the country. With the other 12, 10, 15 split among other populous regions like the Greater Accra region and others.

He did not disclose the region that was due to get the bumper increase, except to add: "I'm saying that the NDC we are determined to seek major electoral reforms in 2024 and we will not accept anything short of those reforms."

In comments seemingly backing the call by former President John Dramani Mahama that supporters should police vote at the polling station, he said: "We are not going to accept the declaration of results at any regional level. Let all polling stations impact on the 50 plus one percent.

"For purposes of elections, Ghana is demarcated into constituencies that is why you have polling stations so for Presidential results, it is not for nothing that the constitution says that the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission is the returning officer.

"So every constituency result must be declared at the National level by the chairperson of the electoral commission and not any regional collation and it should be a computation of polling station outcomes aggregated into a whole," he told Bernard Avle in an interview on Citi TV.

"Ghana for electoral purpose is demarcated into constituencies that is why you have polling stations so Presidential results is not for nothing that the constitution says that the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission is the returning officer so every constituency results must be declared at the National level by the chairperson of the electoral commission and not any regional collation and it should be a computation of polling station outcomes aggregated into the whole," he told Bernard Avle in an interview on Citi TV.

Source: www.theheraldghana.com