Kwame osei Prempeh, MP for Nsuta-Kwamang-BeposoThe chairman of Parliament?s Subsidiary Legislation Committee, Kwame Osei-Prempeh, has expressed disappointment in his colleague NPP MPs for failing to turn up for the crucial vote on the controversial legislation seeking to create an additional 45 new seats in the House.

Ghana?s Parliament, by a partisan Majority vote of 81 to 56, Monday rejected the recommendation of the Committee for the rejection of the proposed Constitutional Instrument (CI) 78 because it was fraught with mistakes. The legislature is made up of 228 members.

The Committee laid the report on Friday and recommended the annulment of the CI78, which is to give legal backing to the creation of some 45 new constituencies.

By the decision, the Representation of the People (Parliamentary Constituencies) Instrument 2012 (C.I 78) would mature latest by Wednesday.

Speaking on Adom FM?s Dwaso Nsem morning show on Tuesday October 2, 2012, the Nsuta-Kwamang-Beposo MP, who is also a former Deputy Attorney General during the Kufuor administration, blamed his party?s Whips in Parliament for failing to muster the necessary votes to reject CI 78.

?Maybe the Whips didn?t do their work well,? he opined. ?We know with Independents we have over 100 members, and knowing we need two-thirds to let this pass, I?m very disappointed (that we didn?t have the numbers).?

Mr Osei Prempeh, who is not returning to Parliament added, ?I?ve been championing for the right thing to be done. But I?m very disappointed my colleagues didn?t show up.?

From: Ghana l l Frank Agyei-Twum


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