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CHRAJ input delaying passage of Right to Information Bill
From: Ghana |Myjoyonline.com | Richard Nii Abbey          Published On: August 13, 2012, 13:45 GMT
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CHRAJ input delaying passage of Right to Information Bill

The Chairman of the Joint Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs and Communication of Parliament, Emmanuel Kwasi Bandua says they are still waiting for input from the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) before the Right to Information Bill is laid before parliament for consideration.

Mr Kwasi Bandua was responding to some MP's who questioned the Majority Leader, Cletus Avoka and also the chairman of the joint committee working on the Right to Information Bill over the delay in the passage of the bill.

The Speaker of Parliament Joyce Bamford-Addo impressed on the Chairman of the Joint Committee to go after CHRAJ so that the process in passage of the bill would not be further delayed.

The Right to Information Bill, which was drafted 10 years ago and designed in accordance with Article (1) (f) of the 1992 Constitution, gave the Ghanaian public the right to access official information which was held by a government agency.

The Bill which was proposed in 1998, has still not been passed for the past 14 years, although the country had changed governments three times.

In a similar manner, the National Broadcasting Bill formulated in 2010 by the Ministry of Information, with support from the World Bank, has not been passed, even though when passed into law, it would regulate Ghana’s broadcasting media, especially in this election year.

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