July 20, 2012

The Leadership of Parliament on Thursday held a crunch meeting to deliberate on the way forward, as far as meeting the 21 sitting days needed for the Constitutional Instrument for creating the 45 constituencies to mature, was concerned.

The Minority Leader of Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu said the meeting became necessary because Parliament would rise next week Friday, and as such would not be able to cover the 21 sitting days required for the C.I to mature into law.

The Speaker of Parliament, Joyce Bamford-Addo, Wednesday gave what should be the final word on the rightness of the laying of an instrument that will after 21 sitting days, legally confirm the creation of the 45 new constituencies.

The minority NPP vehemently opposed the procedure insisting the C.I could not be laid because there were many suits challenging the creation.

Speaking to Joy Fm, Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu insisted there were faults with the manner at which the C.I was laid before Parliament.

He stated, at the time the Majority leader purported to be laying the C.I before Parliament, he actually never had any Paper to lay before Parliament.

According to the Minority leader, 3 days after the Majority leader supposedly laid the C.I before Parliament, the minority was yet to see the C.I which is yet to be tabled in Parliament.

He stated that “it has to be understood that nobody should be stampeded into doing anybody’s bidding. If it has to be done, it has to be done. But we must be fair to all and sundry and do what is right. To me if it seems what is right is being done, everybody would be clear in his mind…”

He however cautioned that “if indications are that people are purposed and minded to do what is unworthy to gain political advantage, certainly that could be challenged”.