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Supreme Court hears four cases on creation of new constituencies


Supreme Court hears four cases on creation of new constituencies

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The Supreme Court, which highest court of the land is hearing four different suits challenging the legality or otherwise of CI 78 establishing additional 45 seats in Parliament which became law yesterday.

The process for the creation of the law became controversial with the parties involved now falling on the Supreme Court to determine whether it was lawfully created.

Joy News’ Sammy Darko who was in court today reports that Mr Ayikoi Otoo was in court to represent one James Amarh Martey who amended his earlier writ and challenged the capacity of the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development to lay a Legislative Instrument before Parliament for the creation of new district based on which the CI 78 was established.

The Supreme Court also heard another amended case brought before it by Ransford Frank, who is also challenging the procedure through which the Electoral Commission laid the CI 78 before Parliament. Since the CI has now become law, he is challenging the constitutionality of it and wants the Supreme Court to declare the law null.

The Supreme Court has therefore set October 10, to rule on the two cases.

Dr Clement Apaak, represented by Abdul Basit Aziz, asked the Supreme Court to declare CI 46 which was used to create 30 new constituencies under the Kufuor regime as null and void.

The court however struck out the case, explaining that the CI 46 is no longer in effect after the CI 78 became law.

Dr Clement Apaak is also challenging the capacity of former Minister of Local Government and Rural Development under Kufuor regime to have created new districts. October 17, has been set for the ruling.

From: Myjoyonline.com



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