-The Member of Parliament for Wa West has indicated that the government’s policy to create more regions is just a ploy to rig elections
-He indicated that the NPP government was just trying to accomplish a campaign promise and nothing more
-Government appointees in the current administration however have different opinions on the issue raised by the former minister
Member of Parliament for Wa West in the Upper West Region, Joseph Yieleh Chireh has alleged that the New Patriotic Party’s moves to create more regions is just so that they can secure more votes in future elections.
The former Local Government Minister indicated that it was not the case that the creation of the new regions was going to be an impetus for the rapid expansion and development of the already existing and newly-created regions.
The idea of the creation of new regions comes on the heels of recommendations made by Council of State Members on the need for the creation of six additional regions to bring the total number of regions to sixteen.
The Council of State have also gone forward to task the president to form a Commission of Inquiry to look into the matter of the possible creation of the new regions. The NDC Member of Parliament in rebuttal was of the view that the creation of the new regions was only going to favor the ruling government in subsequent elections.
However, Dan Kwaku Botwe, who is the Minister of Regional Reoganisation and Development, begs to differ on the allegations levelled against the government. He cited the fact that the altering of the country’s boundaries had been unilaterally done.
He also added that the creation of the new regions was going to be done in accordance with the Laws of the land which were enshrined in the 1992 Constitution.
Speaking on Accra-based Okay FM, Dan Kwaku Botwe indicated that the Constitution gave the president the power to create new regions. He said it was not in any way to score more points in elections.
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