SALL Controversy: You disregarded AG’s advice – Franklin Cudjoe fires back at EC

SALL Controversy: You disregarded AG’s advice – Franklin Cudjoe fires back at EC

The Electoral Commission (EC) has been accused of disregarding the advice of the Attorney-General and preventing the people of Santrokofi Akpafu, Likpe, Lolobi (SALL) from voting in the 2020 elections.

According to Franklin Cudjoe, President of IMANI Africa, the EC’s actions were contrary to the advice of the Attorney-General, who suggested that SALL voters should be allowed to vote in the Hohoe constituency.

This comes after the Electoral Commission of Ghana categorically denied accusations made by the President of IMANI Africa that it disenfranchised the people of SALL, now known as the Guan Constituency, in the 2020 parliamentary election.

According to the Commission, the creation of the Guan District (SALL) was done through a Legislative Instrument (L.I. 2416) laid in Parliament on October 6, 2020, which matured on November 9, 2020, just a month before the 2020 General Elections.

The Commission said it received a letter from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development on November 10, 2020, informing it of the creation of the Guan District and requesting it to take steps to create a new constituency. However, due to Parliament’s recess from November 9 to December 14, 2020, the Commission could not lay the necessary Constitutional Instrument (C.I.) to bring the Guan Constituency into effect as required by law.

“The question is, how could the Commission proceed to create a new Constituency when Parliament was on recess and when the law required the Commission to lay the C.I. before Parliament for twenty-one (21) sitting days?” excerpts of a statement issued by the Electoral Commission said.

But Mr. Cudjoe challenged the EC’s justification in a Facebook post. He revealed that the EC’s Deputy in charge of Operations, Samuel Tetteh, had stated on December 1, 2020, that SALL voters would be allowed to vote in their “mother constituency” of Hohoe. However, this was not implemented, and the people of SALL were denied the opportunity to vote.

Cudjoe also referenced the Parliamentary Hansard of March 9, 2022, pages 49-52, which reportedly contains evidence of the EC’s actions.

He accused the EC of being stubborn and refusing to follow the advice of the Attorney-General, which could have resolved the issue.

Meanwhile, this development has raised concerns about the EC’s commitment to ensuring the rights of all citizens to vote and participate in the democratic process.

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