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Politics of Thursday, 23 May 2019

Source: starrfm.com.gh

Vigilantism bill lacks clarity – Minority

The Minority in Parliament is raising concerns over the vigilantism and related offences bill in Parliament.

According to them, the bill in its current form fails to tackle the root cause of vigilantism in Ghana.

“The bill as presently presented appears to lack conceptual clarity,” Minority spokesperson on legal affairs Inusah Fuseini said Thursday while addressing a stakeholder conference on the bill in Parliament.

Asking rhetorically, “what are we dealing with? What is the problem?”, he said more detailed legislation is needed to deal with the menace.

The vigilantism and other related offences bill was laid before Parliament in April for consideration and approval by the House.

The bill when passed into an Act will disband activities of vigilantism and prohibit the formation of such groups.

It would be recalled President Akufo-Addo vowed to use legislation to address political vigilantism if the two main political parties fail to resolve it through dialogue in the aftermath of the bloody Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.

Six people were shot at the Baweleshie polling centre of the constituency during the election, compelling the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to withdraw from the exercise citing safety concerns.

Voters were electing a new Member of Parliament (MP) for the area in the by-election necessitated by the demise of the incumbent Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko last year, representing the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).



The two main contenders for the seat were Lydia Seyram Alhassan, a spouse of the late MP on the ticket of the NPP and Delali Kwasi Brempong on the ticket of opposition NDC. Alhassan won the polls with over 60% of the total valid votes cast.