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Creation of new constituencies is not sensible - Kufuor 8/26/2012

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has slammed the Electoral Commission (EC) for its insistence on creating 45 new constituencies, barely three months to the 2012 general elections.

Speaking at the New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s campaign launch at the Mantse Abonaa in James Town Saturday, the former President advised the Commission to desist from the exercise saying it was not a “sensible” thing to do.

He said, while Ghanaians yearn for peaceful elections in December, he had sensed “only one hitch so far and that is the persistence of the Electoral Commission on creating 45 new constituencies when the register has been done for the upcoming election.”

The former President quizzed, “Why should the Ccommission insist on creating 45 new constituencies on the eve of the election,” when “we have only three months to go.”

He called on the EC “to desist,” from the exercise saying, “there is nothing in the constitution that enjoins the Electoral Commission to create a constituency just because the Ministry of Local Government has decided to create a district.”

Former President Kufuor added that he did not “think the commission is bound by law to do this thing. That is, with all due respect, not sensible. It may make for trouble. So we want to appeal to the Electoral Commission not to do it.”

He made a passionate appeal to the “Electoral Commission and to all the parties across the board to be careful nobody plants a time bomb [in the country] between now and the elections.”

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