The Electoral Commission (EC) Chairperson debunked rumors that they have taken a decision to add 25 more constituencies to the already exist. She made mention that it one of their agendas but no decision had been taken about it yet. Creation of New Constituencies Is On Our List – EC Chairperson
According to the Electoral Commission Chair, all those rumors are nothing but created lies.
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According to media reports, the EC is all set to create 25 additional constituencies, totaling the number of constituencies in Ghana to 300, with the Ashanti region alone to hold 17 new constituencies and the remaining 12 would be distributed among the 9 other regions.
The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has criticised the decision so far as “uncalled for.”
“We feel it’s a bad idea to expand the 275 constituencies which are a fair representation considering the size of the nation.
“Two hundred and seventy-five constituencies are enough. I don’t see what benefits we’ll derive as Ghanaians when the constituencies are increased. There will be challenges that will come with the additional 25 which to me is uncalled for,” the PPP’s National Chairman, Nii Allotey Brew Hammond stated on Morning Starr.
The Minority in Parliament has also commented on the report, saying the creation of more constituencies was aimed at disadvantaging the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the coming elections in 2020.
Reacting to the report on Starr News with Ibrahim Alhassan, the Chairperson of the EC, Jean Mensa dismissed it as a total fabrication and not something to be taken seriously even though they have it on their agenda.
“That’s a total lie,” she stated, adding “It has not come up.”– Jean Mensa (Chairperson, Ghana Electoral Commission)
“We have seen reports in the public domain and we can say for a fact that this is not coming from the commission, the commission has not met to consider this, although this is an issue on its [EC] agenda and its a mandate of the commission, but those figures and information put out there is not true and we ask the public to disregard it.
“It’s an issue on the agenda and a mandate of the commission so it is always on the front burner but to be honest this has not even been discussed and it has nothing to do with the creation of new regions…at the moment we are busy setting up offices and that is what is before us…and so although the creation of new constituencies is a mandate of the commission, it is not something that is occupying us at the moment,” Mrs. Mensa said Monday.– JEAN MENSA
Mrs. Jeean Mensa further on said the Electoral Commission is assessing if there’s a need to create more constituencies and that the public will be well informed when the process is completed.