The statutory 21 days for the Constitutional Instrument (C.I.78) to mature ends today. What this means is that tomorrow, the new 45 seats would b e deemed to have been created with all its problems.
We are told that the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Subsidiary Legislation recommended to the House to reject the Constitutional Instrument because it would disenfranchise a large number of Ghanaians.
One of the main problems with C.I78 is that it omitted as many as 28 electoral areas throughout the country. What this means is that all voters captured in the 28 electoral areas would not be able to vote.
What is strange about the way and manner the new 45 seats are being rail-rolled in, is why the Electoral Commission should present an instrument that would disenfranchise some Ghanaians.
We are told by Mr. Kwame Osei-Prempeh, Chairman of the Parliamentary Sub-Committee that examined the L.I.78, that the omission of the 28 electoral areas has affected as many as 34 Constituencies.
In an election where e very single vote could be critical, it is disappointing that the Electoral Commission with active support from the ruling National Democratic Congress should not be bothered by an exercise that deprives some Ghanaians from voting.
In 2008, the NDC with its Presidential Candidate, late Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, squeezed through to Government House by 40,000 votes. As it is, it is possible for a Presidential candidate and its supporting political party to squeeze through with the slimmest of margins. That is why every Ghanaian with a vote should not be pre vented from exercising his right to choice.
The Chronicle is envisaging a number of court cases arising out of this decision to deprive people from voting. The other day, President John Dramani Mahama was appealing to Ghanaians to allow state institutions to work. He was particularly referring to the various disagreements with the L.I78 which has attracted a number of disagreements.
We do not believe any Ghanaian is against state institutions working for the nation. All Ghanaians are trying to do with their complaints about the creation of the additional 45 seats is to caution the Electoral Commission to tread carefully.
We recall with a tinge of sadness the hopeless conduct of the 2010 District Assembly elections occasioned by the Electoral Commissioner, sending the legislative instrument on the vote to Parliament late. As a result of the late maturity of the legislative instrument, the elections had to be rushed through.
The result was wrong pictures on wrong captions. The whole exercise was so haphazardly carried out that an exercise meant for a day had to be organized in tots, lasting two months in two different years.
With two months to the vote, the Electoral Commission would have to work harder than normal to be able to avoid unnecessary mistakes on the voting day. As it is, The Chronicle cannot vouch for a vote without myriads of problems.
It is this kind of anarchy that those pointing to the late maturity of C.I. 78 are trying to avoid. In other words, those complaining are merely raising the red flag. A word to the wise is in the creation of the 45 new seats.