Politics of Monday, 19 November 2012

Source: XYZ

Nothing can be done about CI72 - Minority Leader

Parliament says it is impossible to amend the Constitutional Instrument (CI)72 that bars journalists and other voluntary observers from taking part in the early voting arrangements for the December elections.

The new law excludes journalists and civil society groups monitoring the polls from the special voting arrangements.

The Ghana Journalists Association wants Parliament to reconvene to amend the law after petitioning the EC over the matter.

But Minority leader Osei-Kyei-Mensah Bonsu in an interview with XYZ News said it is too late for the law to be amended.

“Parliament cannot do anything about it and even if the sponsoring authority; the EC should come with a revised CI amending that portion which would allow the journalists voting early, it would require a 21 sitting day process and we don’t have that 21 sitting days.

“So I am afraid that nothing can be done about it”.

But the Vice President of the Ghana Journalists Association, Affail Money disagrees with the assertion of the Minority Leader.

According to him, the decision to exclude Journalists in the early voting questions the integrity of the elections.