Parliament urged to intervene in district level elections impasse


Executive Director of the Centre for Local Governance Advocacy (CLGA) has called on Parliament to extend the tenure of the current assembly members, following the suspension of district level elections by the Supreme Court. 

Vladimir Antwi-Danso says an extension of the term the assembly members has become necessary especially because their tenure expires on March 14, 2015. According to him, new assembly members are not likely to be elected before this date.

“Parliament is a representative of the people and so if they are able to come out with a way out of the impasse, then it would be more representative”, he told Joy News.

Dr Vladmir Antwi-Danso
He insists under that under the current circumstances, an intervention by Parliament would be deemed more constitutional than an intervention by any other institution of state. 

The district level elections, initially slated for tomorrow March 3, was cancelled after the Supreme Court ruled that the process is unconstitutional.

The Court ordered the commission to start all over again CI 85; a legal instrument which seeks to demarcate electoral boundaries for the district elections in 2015. 

Dr. Antwi-Danso said if Parliament does not intervene activities of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) would be unduly affected by the Supreme Court decision. 

“If Parliament says let’s give them [current assembly members] a mandate to continue while the EC does its work, I think it is more constitutional but if we don’t do that, there would be some chaos and we will be setting a bad precedence for the future”, he observed.

According to him the best option to keep the work of MMDAs going on is to extend the tenure of office of the current assembly members.


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