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RTI Bill 2018 to go through second reading---Chairm

Chairman of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Ben Abdallah Banda had indicated that the Right to Information (RTI) Bill 2018, would go through second reading today Wednesday 6th June 2018.

The report had been presented to plenary and is awaiting to be taken through the second reading despite the fact that it has been advertised. 

 Mr. Ben Abdallah Banda in an interview indicated that, there was proposed amendment but would be taken at the consideration stage of the Bill, but could not tell on top of his head the proposed amendment.
“When the Bill is ready to go through the consideration stage, I tell you the proposed amendment would be known”, he said

On the issue of exemption of information that the can be accessed with regards to the presidency in the Bill, he noted that it remains the same, but any MP can propose amendment when it gets to the consideration stage, he pointed out. 

At the stakeholders forum held in Parliament during recess, some civil society organizations who are keenly following the RTI Bill 2018, wanted the exemption in the Bill that proposed that information from the Presidency is exempted especially cabinet meetings.  

He further pointed out that the whole work is done at the consideration stage of the Bills, but as to when the Bill would get to the consideration stage he cannot tell rather it depends on the leadership of the House, “they have to propose when.”  

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

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