Group drags EC and AG to court over 6 new regions

Group drags EC and AG to court over 6 new regions

- A group,. Strategic Thinkers Network-Africa, has sued the Attorney-General's department and the Electoral Commission

- The suit is with respect to the creation of the six new regions

- The EC has set December 27, 2018, for the referendum on the creation of the new regions

A group called Strategic Thinkers Network-Africa, has dragged the Electoral Commission (EC) and the Attorney-General (AG) to court.

YEN.com.gh understands that this is with respect to the proposed creation of six new regions in Ghana.

The group is seeking an injunction on the referendum process to be held in beneficiary communities.

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Minister for Regional Reorganization and Development, Dan Botwe Source: www.graphiconline.com.gh

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The EC is implementing measures to hold a referendum in parts of the country for the creation of six additional regions following a recommendation from the Justice Brobbey commission to the government.

The 19-member commission, after holding nationwide consultations, urged government to create the administrative regions to be known as Oti, Ahafo, Brong East, Western North, North East and Savanna.

The EC, at its recent Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting, approved a road-map for organizing the referendum.

But the Strategic Thinkers Network wants the Supreme Court to declare as null and void, the EC’s plan to limit the referendum to only registered voters in the yet-to-be created regions.

The group also wants a declaration that the impending limited voter registration exercise in the beneficiary areas “is arbitrary, whimsical and capricious, and violates Articles 45(a) and 296 of the 1992 Constitution.”

They are again calling for an order directing the EC not to “conduct the referendum limited to only the places so recommended.”

The EC has set December 27, 2018, for the referendum on the creation of the new regions.

It is expected to embark on a series of activities including the registration of new and continuous voters, the exhibition of the voters’ register, as well as processes for the transfer of votes and or the grant of proxy votes.

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