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General News of Wednesday, 17 June 2020


No new constituencies – EC

Jean Mensa, EC Chairperson Jean Mensa, EC Chairperson

The Electoral Commission (EC) says it does not intend to create new constituencies this year ahead of the December 7 general elections and that claims of such assertion are false.

Deputy Commissioner in charge of Corporate Services, Dr. Eric Bossman Asare stated that the Commission has no such plans to do that, emphasizing, “We are not creating new constituencies.”

Speaking with the media in Parliament on Tuesday, June 16, the deputy EC boss explained that the Commission is seeking to realign the new electoral areas and polling stations created as a result of creation of the new regions.

Members of the Committee on Subsidiary Legislation met on Tuesday, June 16, to consider a draft Representation of the People (Parliamentary Constituencies) Regulations, 2020 said to have been brought to Parliament by the EC.

This has fueled speculations that the Commission intends to create new constituencies in addition to the 275 existing ones.

However, Dr. Asare said “What we are basically doing is that because new electoral areas were created it meant new polling stations were created. We have to make sure that we have a C.I. that will cover all that.”

“No new constituencies are being created by the Electoral Commission as it is being speculated,” he said in an answer to a question on the draft Representation of the People (Parliamentary Constituencies) Regulations, 2020.

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