Group sues EC, AG over creation of new regions

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A group calling itself Strategic Thinkers Network-Africa, has dragged the Electoral Commission (EC) and the Attorney General to the Supreme Court seeking an injunction on the referendum process for the creation of six additional regions in Ghana.

A 19-member Commission after holding nationwide consultations with chiefs and other stakeholders recommended to government to create the Oti, Ahafo, Brong East, Western North, North East and Savanna regions.

The EC has also approved a road-map for organising a referendum as part of the process for the creation of the regions.

But the Strategic Thinkers Network is praying the apex court to declare as null and void the EC’s plan to limit the referendum to only registered voters.

The group also wants a declaration that the impending limited voter registration exercise in the beneficiary areas “is arbitrary, whimsical and capricious, and violates Articles 45(a) and 296 of the 1992 Constitution and therefore unconstitutional.”

They also want an order directing the EC “not to conduct the referendum limited to only the places so recommended.”

The referendum is slated for 27 December 2018.

The creation of the new regions was a campaign promise by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Source: Class FM

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