The report of the Subsidiary Legislation Committee of Parliament recommending the annulment of the CI 78, which is to give legal backing to the creation of some 45 new constituencies has been rejected by a majority decision.
The matter was voted upon chaotic debate on the floor of the House. When it was put to a vote, the side of the House supporting the report had 56 votes, whilst 81 MPs voting for the rejection of the report.
The committee after its deliberations presented a report which was laid in Parliament, Friday.
The committee, championed by its chairman Kwame Osei Prempeh called on the august House to reject the report.
According to the committee which is made up of both members of the Minority and Majority in Parliament, the CI 78 is still riddled with mistakes and must be withdrawn.
The report of the committee stated “some existing electoral areas are excluded from the constitutional Instrument while non-existent electoral areas have been established by the C.I 78. Even though the committee has found the errors in the CI 78, it is unable to effect the necessary corrections. Effecting the changes in the Constitutional Instrument would amount to amending the Instrument which is not permitted under the law.”
The committee further stated, “it is only the Sponsor, that is the Electoral Commission that can effect the changes by withdrawing the Instrument, making the corrections and laying it again in Parliament per the decision of the Supreme Court.”
Notwithstanding the position of the committee, the House by a majority decision voted to reject the report calling for the annulment of CI 78.
Barring any unforeseen circumstance, the Representation of the People (Parliamentary Constituencies) Instrument 2012 (C.I 78) would mature on Tuesday or Wednesday.