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Ghana to Have 1000 MPs Someday!

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Patriot Turncoat
Date:
2003-03-01 09:39:48


The "experts" are certainly thinking. Why not alter boundaries to ensure even populations while still limiting the number of seats to 200? Why increase the seats with all the associated costs? Of what benefit will be a greater number of MPs?

Long live the "Experts"!!

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Experts Criticise Increase In Parliamentary Seats

Posted: Mar 01 2003

Political analysts and electoral experts have criticised the Electoral Commission (EC) intentions to increase the membership of Parliament from the current 200 to 240 in the next elections. They have therefore called on the Commission to suspend efforts to create more Parliamentary seats and subject the proposal to public debate.

The experts are concerned about the impact of the project on the finances of the state, infrastructure development of Parliament, the general impact on the elections and its viability.

They were contributing to a roundtable discussion organised by the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) in collaboration with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) on the theme: "Towards Elections 2004 - Demarcations, Political Representation and Elections Outcomes."

The discussion was to offer politicians, academia, donors, media practitioners, government officials and electoral officers the opportunity to dialogue and deliberate on efforts to ensure the credibility of Elections 2004.

The Electoral Commission has made proposals for the increment of the current 200-member Parliament to about 240 for the next general elections.

But the experts have called for the legal interpretation of Article 45 section 5 of the Constitution, which dealt with the demarcation of electoral boundaries. The experts and analysts, who were divided over the meaning of the Article, however, agreed that the Constitutional requirement emphasised that the EC may alter the electoral constituencies.

They, however, failed to agree on what constituted alterations and called for further discussion and legal interpretation as to whether the alteration meant increment or re-aliment of existing constituencies. - GNA

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