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Regional News of Thursday, 26 February 2015

Source: Isaac Amoah Asare

Chiefs And People Of Lower Manya Krobo To Hit Streets On March 3 Against EC

The chiefs and people of Manya Krobo say will take to the street on Tuesday March 3, 2015 to defend the sanctity of the 1992 Constitution if the Electoral Commission (EC) goes ahead to hold the upcoming assembly elections at Akuse-Natriku under the Shai Osudoku District in the Greater Accra Region instead of Lower Manya Krobo in the Eastern region. They said the protest is also to draw public and national attention to the EC’s blatant disregard for the authority and rulings of the Supreme Court.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, spokesperson for Kloma Gbi, Hilary Saki Kodji said “We won’t watch the EC perpetrate this illegality, not when it is against the Constitution of the land and runs contrary to the judgments obtained from the Supreme Court with respect to the location of the Natriku electoral area”. “If our numerous petitions to the President and the relevant institutions on this issue won’t work, our planned peaceful but aggressive protest march should tell the authorities and the whole nation that the Krobos are fed up with the emerging state of lawlessness”.

BACKGROUND

Prior to the nationwide assembly elections in 2010, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development initiated an electoral area re- demarcation exercise that ended up changing the boundaries of the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality. In the said exercise, seven electoral areas originally part of the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality of the Eastern Region namely Zongo New Town, Akutue, Osorkutu, Bungalow, Natriku, Amedeka and Salon - were illegally aligned to the Shai Osudoku District in the Greater Accra Region, creating a constitutional issue which went to the Supreme Court.

The Legislative Instrument (LI 1983) initiated by the Ministry and passed by Parliament to give legal backing to the re-demarcation exercise was declared null and void by a unanimous decision of a nine member panel of the Supreme Court on June 13, 2012.

In a letter from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development dated March 14, 2013 and signed by the then Minister, Hon. Akwasi Oppong- Fosu, clearance was sought for the EC to hold the assembly election which was suspended in 2010. The letter specifically mentioned the 7 electoral areas that form the Akuse Township including Natriku.

The EC however held the elections but excluded Natriku. Presently the EC is preparing to conduct the upcoming assembly elections at Natriku but under the Shai Osudoku District instead of Lower Manya, an act that runs contrary to the provisions in Article 5 of the Constitution and the 2012 judgment of the Supreme Court.

The chiefs and people are therefore out there to protest the breach of the constitution and the disregard for the authority and rulings of the Supreme Court, since appeals and petitions to the authorities are yielding no result.

Signed:

Spokesperson for Kloma Gbi, Hilary Saki Kodji 0242 714 101

Nene Asada Ahor, PRO, Manya Krobo Traditional Council 0208 242 031