September 4, 2012

The controversy surrounding the creation of 45 new constituencies continuous to deepen by the day as the minority in parliament staged a walked out of Parliament on Monday to demonstrate their opposition to the Constitutional Instrument (CI) creating the constituencies.

The minority argued that the House prior to going on recess witnessed the laying of C.I 73 by the Electoral Commission but when the House was reconvened on monday September 3 for emergency sitting, the MPs were furnished with a new CI 77.

The opposition MPs led by their Leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu called for an explanation of the turn of events claiming that the origional C.I that was laid on 15 August had been changed an as such the new document could not be worked on until properly laid in the House.

He concluded that the two document were entirely different and if the Majority Leader Cletus Avoka wanted the House to consider the C.I 77, then he needed to properly lay it before the House.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Joyce Bamford Addo ruling on the issue referred the document to the Assembly Press for the right date and gazzeting number to be corrected.

Just before vacating her seat, She however dissagreed with the minority insisting that it was the same document and that the change in date and gazzet number did not affect the document.

Upon resumption of the Speaker’s chair by the First Deputy, Edward Doe Adjaho, the minority continued with their argument but after realizing they were not making any progress they walked out of the House before it was adjourned.

Kwadwo Anim/