Ghana has finally passed RTI Bill

Ghana has finally passed RTI Bill

- Parliament has passed the RTI Bill into law

- The RTI Bill was first drafted in 1999 but finally got passed by parliament in 2019

- The RTI will allow persons have the right to information subject to such qualifications and laws as are necessary for a democratic society

Ghana’s Parliament has passed and approved the Right to Information Bill (RTI) into law.

The Bill was finally passed after its third reading on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. What is left is for President Nana Akufo-Addo to give it presidential assent to be fully recognized as law.

The RTI Bill had been in and out of parliament for almost two decades. Civil Society and the media have been very instrumental in the passed of the Bill into law.

Ghana has finally passed RTI Bill
Ghana has finally passed RTI Bill
Source: UGC

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The RTI law will provide for the operationalisation of the constitutional right to information held by the public and some private institutions, subject to exemptions that are necessary and consistent with the protection of public interest in a democratic society.

It will also seek to foster a culture of transparency and accountability in public affairs.

It was one of the main campaigns promises of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the 2016 election.

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The NPP government has since it came into office being under pressure from civil society groups to pass the Bill into law.

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