Revealed: EC attempted creating an additional constituency prior to 2020 elections

The Electoral Commission of Ghana(EC), per information, was about to create an additional constituency prior to the 2020 polls.

However, before the CI would have been matured elections would have already been held.

Relaible sources have revealed to us that some Members of Parliament advised the EC to withdraw the CI which it obliged.

This had to do with the ‘Guan Constituency.

This resulted in the EC directing constituents in the Guan district to only take part in the presidential voting on the eve of the elections. Persons affected were individuals living at Santrokofi, Akpafu, Likpe and Lolobi (SALL).

Deputy Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Osei Bonsu Amoah, noted on TV3 Keypoints that with the formation of the Guan District by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, 13 electoral areas were taken from Jasikan in the Oti Region.

It, therefore, behoved on the EC to create a new constituency for voters in those electoral areas, he indicated.

“Unfortunately, by the time the creation of the districts matured in November, that was the day Parliament was rising to go and campaign, so the EC could not create the constituency before the election,” the Akwapim South MP said.

He said the EC’s CI would have matured after 21 working days which would have made that constituency operational in 2025.

“If you look at decided cases, if you create a constituency within a term, it takes effect from the next term.”