The Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana has announced plans to move forward with the decision to create 25 new constituencies.
As parliament reconvenes on Tuesday, October 20, 2023, the Majority Leader is expected to present a CI before parliament, titled “Representation of the People (Parliamentary Constituencies) (Amendment) Instrument, 2023.”
This amendment aims to establish 25 additional constituencies in addition to the existing 275 in the country.
This development comes despite threats from the opposition party to resist the move.
Dr. Eric Bossman Asare, the Deputy Commissioner of the EC responsible for Corporate Services, shared these developments during an interview with TV3 on Monday, September 11, 2023.
“We are in the process of creating some new constituencies, and Guan District is one of them. If not because parliament is on recess, we should have started the process in parliament,” Dr. Bossman said.
Dr. Bossman disclosed that the Guan District is among the areas set to receive a new constituency as the Commission initiates the process of creating new constituencies for the 2024 elections.
The Electoral Commission (EC) had previously indicated its ongoing efforts to create new constituencies, including one from the Guan District.
But the opposition rejected it, alleging that 11 out of the 25 new constituencies would be allocated to a specific region, raising concerns about potential bias in the electoral process.
The creation of new constituencies is aimed at addressing population growth and ensuring fair representation for all citizens. However, the opposition party strongly opposes the proposed allocation of a majority of these constituencies to a single region. They argue that this may lead to an imbalance in political power and compromise the democratic principles of equitable representation.