Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame said one of the surest ways to gain parliamentary representation for residents of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Likpe and Lolobi (SALL) is to cancel the 2020 parliamentary elections in Buem .
In his opinion, this will provide an opportunity for SALL residents to be captured under said area.
Buem Constituency currently has Kofi Adams of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as its MP.
The AG was in Parliament to answer an urgent question on the status of the constitutional instrument for the creation of a constituency for the residents of SALL.
“The solution is not only the cancellation or revocation of the LI, but it must be coupled with the cancellation of the Buem legislative elections,” he said.
Residents of SALL complained that the Electoral Commission’s refusal to allow them to vote in the 2020 parliamentary elections was a violation of their rights.
According to them, the creation of the Oti region coupled with a recent Supreme Court decision and the failure of the EC to create a constituency for them has deprived them of representation and development.
Mr Dame blamed Parliament for the delay in creating a constituency arguing that the House’s inability to sit for 21 days in the 7th Parliament contributed to the delay.
He explained that the GA at the time “advised the Electoral Commission (EC) that, given the limited timeframe for the adoption of CI’s proposal to amend IC 128, it was not desirable that ‘it be tabled before Parliament’.
He wants Parliament to bear full responsibility because “if the House had canceled LI 2416 which created the Guan district, we would not have found ourselves in this situation”.
But the AG also indicated that if a new IC is passed now, SALL residents will not be represented in the House until after the 2024 elections, as a new constituency takes effect upon the dissolution of Parliament.