Politics of Friday, 20 July 2012

Source: myjoyonline

Coalition on RTI accuses Parliament of acting in bad faith

The Coalition on the Right to Information (RTI) in Ghana says it doubts the assurances from the Parliamentary Select Joint Committee that, the Bill will be passed into law before Parliament goes on recess at the end of July.

Chairman of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Emmanuel Bandua last Friday told Joy News despite the public perception that Parliament would not pass the Bill, the Joint Committee was intending to lay the Bill before Parliament for consideration.

Mr. Bandua however said Parliament was being delayed in its proceedings by outstanding input from CHRAJ.

However, the Coalition claims that CHRAJ had already raised its concerns regarding the proposal to take on the additional role of an Independent Information Commission to the Joint Committee.

The Coalition in a statement issued on Thursday, said it “considers this new twist most disturbing”. “We wish to alert the general public against any attempt to pass a right to information law without the necessary amendments that will guarantee citizens the genuine right of access to information as provided for in the Constitution” the statement said.

The statement said “due to the latest developments, the Coalition is now under the impression that the Joint Committee has acted in bad faith in its dealings with the Coalition”.