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General News of Wednesday, 26 October 2016


Presidential transition bill passed

Parliament House Parliament House

Ghana’s Parliament, on Wednesday October 26, 2016, passed the Presidential Transition Bill.

The bill is a legislation that will make the transfer of political power from one party to the other seamless after a major election in Ghana.

Class 91.3FM’s parliamentary correspondent Ekow Annan said no opposition was raised to the bill during deliberations.

Among other remedies, it will help cure critical challenges in past transition processes and administration problems in the transition process.

In the past years, there have been acrimony and bad faith that have characterised that period, especially between the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) after the 2001 and 2009 elections.

The acrimony associated with the past transition process prompted the former Chair of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Dr Kwadjo Afari Gyan, to underscore the need for a Presidential Transition Bill to ensure a smooth transition. He wrote an article to that effect which was published in the Daily Graphic on January 23, 2009.

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