The Flagstaff House, seat of the government, has denied a report that President John Dramani Mahama had violated the Presidential Office Act by not submitting a list of presidential staffers to Parliament.
According to a statement issued from the Information Ministry, the Member of Parliament for Okaikoi Central, Patrick Boamah, who made the allegation, based his claims on an erroneous interpretation of Section II of the Presidential Office Act.
The following is the full statement; ‘Government’s attention has been drawn to claims in sections of the media by Member of Parliament for the Okaikoi Central Constituency, Hon Patrick Boamah, to the effect that President John Dramani Mahama has violated the Presidential Office Act by not submitting a list of Presidential Staffers to Parliament.
‘Government wishes to point out that Hon Patrick Boamah based his claims on an erroneous interpretation of Section II of the Presidential Office Act. For the avoidance of doubt, Section II of the Act reads as follows:
‘The President shall, within 3 months after the end of each financial year, submit to Parliament an annual report containing the following information –
(a) The number of presidential staff employed at the Office;
(b) The rank or grade of such staff; and
(c) Employees in the other public services assigned to the Office.’
A careful reading of the above provision shows clearly that President Mahama is not in breach of the Act, as the obligation to submit the list of staffers to Parliament will only be due in March 2014, which will be three months after the end of the financial year.
Whilst appreciating the efforts of Members of Parliament to ensure compliance with Ghanaian law by the executive, the government entreats them to situate such demands for compliance within an accurate interpretation of the relevant laws.
In another development, Citifmonline reports that President John Dramani Mahama has expressed the strong belief that Ghana’s democracy will survive the verdict of the Supreme Court.
He said this when some of the 2012 presidential candidates called on him in Accra yesterday.
President Mahama was optimistic there would be no major disturbances, and reiterated his resolve to accept the ruling that is expected next week. ‘I believe this country’s democracy is strong and will survive the Supreme Court’s verdict,’ he said.
According to him: ‘There will not be major disturbances after the final verdict,’ adding, ‘as President, I have asked the security services to prepare a contingency plan that will tackle any cases of disturbances.’
He remarked that the judiciary, as the final arbiter, would give a verdict one way or the other, and that verdict should be accepted. He also called on all Ghanaians to maintain the peace and stability the country was enjoying.
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