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Minority Calls for Transparency in New Regions creation

The Minority caucus in parliament has called on government to make Report of the Justice Brobbey Commission on new Regions creation available to public to ensure transparency.
According to the a minority, it would be the interest of, “good governance, openness, truthfulness and transparency , that the Report of the Commission of Inquiry is made public to enable the nation verify that the Constitutional Instrument before parliament is truly reflective of the contents of the Commission’s Report.”

The Justice S. A. Brobbey report recommended the creation of Western North, Bono East, Ahafo, Savannah, North East, and Oti regions

The Commission also recommended that the Electoral Commission hold referenda in the areas to be affected by the new regions to determine whether the constitutional threshold for the creation of new regions will be met.

However, at a Press Conference addressed by Minority Leader Hon Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority argued that making the Commission Report public would help shed lighten the scope of the proposed referendum.

The Minority said, for well over five months after the Justice Brobey Commission submitted it’s report containing recommendation to the President, but it’s contents are however shrouded in so much secrecy that even parliament as a coequal branch of over meant has been officially denied access.

It added that with the Constitutional Instrument already laid before parliament to go through the 21-day maturity period, the opposition MPs want the veil lifted on the report to enable them to verify its content.

The Minority therefore demanded for a full disclosure of the report which recommended the creation of the six new regions for the interest of good governance and transparency.

The creation of the new regions followed agitations by some locals to be affected by areas for the creation of the new regions, for proper demarcations to be done.

President of the National House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV has been very vocal against the Commission’s work on the Oti region to be carve out from the Volta Region.

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