Party Disagreements End Chances for 2016 Ghana RTI

27 December 2016

The right to information bill in Ghana got marooned in disagreements between the incoming and outgoing parties.

The National Democratic Congress majority caucus accused the minority side, the New Patriot Party, of delaying consideration of the RTI bill by failing to provide a quorum. The minority said additional amendments were necessary, objecting that the bill would not go into force for five years.

Regional Coordinator of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative Mina Mensah and Host of Joy News’ Newsfile, Samson Lardy, “took turns to severely castigate the Minority in parliament after they threatened to walk out of parliament if the Majority goes ahead to pass the bill,” reported GhanaWeb.

Consideration was complicated by party disagreements over the presidential transition. President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the NPP supports the RTI bill.

The Ghana Journalists Association issued a statement saying it “ is confident that the President-elect when he takes office would apply that same zeal in ensuring the enactment of a Broadcasting Law and the Right to Information Law, which was under wrangling in the out-going Parliament.”

Be Sociable, Share!

Filed under: What's New