March 3, 2015

Parliament has summoned Chairman of the Electoral Commission Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan to appear before the House on Thursday to answer questions on the future of the cancelled district assemblies’ election.

Both the Local Government and Finance Ministers have also been invited to address the House on measures being taken by government to ensure the Assembly’s activities are not disrupted after March 15.

This follows the Supreme Court ruling on Friday that directed the EC to cancel all preparations and programmes towards the elections which was slated for Tuesday 3rd March 2015.

The motion to invite the EC was moved by Member of Parliament for Sekondi, Papa Owusu Ankomah who was of the view that Parliament had to immediately intervene to avoid a constitutional crisis.

The MPs who contributed to the motion opined that an immediate intervention by Parliament will end the anxiety of the public especially, the aspiring assembly members who do not know their fate yet.

The term of the current assembly members runs out on March 15, 2015 and a vacuum is likely to be created afterwards as the EC is certainly is not able organize the assembly elections today, March 3, 2015.

Meanwhile persons such Hon. Alex Afenyo Markin, who was counsel for the plaintiff whose suit against the EC resulted in the cancellation of the elections, has urged the Attorney General to charge the EC with causing financial loss to the state considering the fact that the state will have to marshal funds to reprint ballot papers. Anim