Creation of new constituencies

by 28/09/2012 13:26:00 0 comments 730 Views

THE decision to create additional forty-five constituencies has generated unnecessary tension in the country with the two so-called leading political parties, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) at each other’s throat. While the NDC is optimistic that the creation would be possible without any hitches and has gone ahead to elect members to contest the seats not yet created by the EC, the opposition NPP has sworn fire and brimstone to frustrate the process until the EC suspends the decision.

THE referee in election matters, the Electoral Commission, has also added to the tension by declaring it will not rescind its decision and even gone further to dare its critics to do whatever they want.  In pursuance of that objective to create additional 45 constituencies, the Commission has replaced the Constitutional Instrument (CI) for the creation that is before Parliament on more than two occasions, but without correcting the anomalies that necessitated the replacements.

THE Chairman if the Commission, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan, has also failed to offer any reason for the creation other than fulfilling a constitutional mandate.  He has also dared the numerous Ghanaians addressing him on the matter to direct their calls to the other six commissioners of the EC.  His explanation is that he bears no blame, since he simply carries out the decision of the commissioners’ panel, whose members he has refused to name for praise anytime he is awarded on national and continental platforms.

FOR in the eyes of we on Today, the buck would always stop with him, since he is the chairman, hence he must be prepared for all the calls, pressures and the voices of reason the same way he enjoyed the kingly ride when he conducted peaceful polls in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2008. Today seeks to remind him of the Akan saying that the multitude always looks up to the bearer of the hat made of feathers.

THE NDC, NPP and the EC must allow cool heads to prevail in the country as we approach the elections. They should abandon their entrench positions and – together with all the other political parties – go to an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) and work together to present to us, the people, a common platform that would help maintain the peace.

WE on Today are of the opinion that the EC and the parties must find a middle ground that will serve the interest of all, that is, the suspension of the creation of the new constituencies, since we are only 90 days to the General Elections. We of the current generations cannot afford to have our names written on the wrong side of history in future as the ones that caused the downfall of Ghana.