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CHRAJ debunks Right to Information delay allegation


CHRAJ debunks Right to Information delay allegation

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The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, CHRAJ has rejected claims it is to blame for the delay in the passage of the right to information bill.

The bill, drafted 10 years ago was first laid before Parliament in February this year but has still not be considered despite pressure from groups especially the Coalition On The Right To Information.

Chairman of Parliament’s joint Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs and Communication, Emmanuel Kwesi Bandua told his colleagues last month that the committee was unable to table its report because it was awaiting CHRAJ’s input.

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He said it is not as if Parliament is reneging on its responsibility but pointed out on the floor of Parliament that CHRAJ was yet to make an input and that has culminated in the delay.

But the CHRAJ commissioner Lauretta Lamptey today told journalists her office had not been served any notice by Parliament on the issue.

She said the report only got to her office few hours after the discussion in Parliament.

“I chose not to come out and say anything when I heard that there was a statement that CHRAJ is delaying the Right to Information Bill.

“Having made that decision the statement went further and there were panels and discussions about it and went on and it now has become established and possibly because of our silence.

“But this is not true. So let me just clarify it.”

She said on the date the MP was asked about the progress of the bill and said they were waiting for a report from CHRAJ, CHRAJ had not received the letter, she said.

According to her, the letter for which they had to respond to came much later.

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From: Myjoyonline.com



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