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25.01.2021 NDC News

Reject Akufo-Addo's nominees until people of SALL are represented in Parliament — ASEPA urges NDC MPs

By Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo
ASEPA Executive Director Mensah Thompson
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ASEPA Executive Director Mensah Thompson

The Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) is asking National Democratic Congress (NDC) Caucus in Parliament to reject ministers presented by President Akufo-Addo for vetting and approval until the people of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lipke, and Lolobi (SALL) are duly represented in Parliament.

The Electoral Commission in the 2020 General Elections failed to hold parliamentary elections in the traditional areas of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lipke, and Lolobi due to the body’s inability to lay the appropriate C.I. in Parliament for the requisite twenty-one days for approval having earlier demarcated new constituencies.

With no clear finality to the issues after the December 7 polls, ASEPA believes the people in SALL deserve to have representation in Parliament.

The group has through a press release reached out to NDC MPs urging them to reject all ministerial appointees by President Nana Addo to compel the government and the EC to do the needful to ensure the people of SALL are represented as required by law.

“We believe this is the time for the NDC MPs caucus to stand behind the people of SALL and reject all nominees of the President for all ministerial positions until the SALL impasse is resolved,” part of a press release from ASEPA reads.

It adds, “It is important for the NDC MPs caucus to know that if it were any territory in Ashanti region where its inhabitants were disenfranchised in such a reckless manner, they NPP MPs would go any length to defend them and would never let a single appointment of the Government through until it was resolved.”

Meanwhile, ASEPA is also calling on Ghanaians, in general, to stand up and defend the people of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lipke, and Lolobi.

Below is the full press release from ASEPA:

Monday 25, January 2021

Press Release

REJECT ANY MINISTERIAL NOMINEE UNTIL THE PEOPLE OF SALL ARE DULY REPRESENTED IN PARLIAMENT-ASEPA TO NDC MPs CAUCUS

The violations of the fundamental human rights of the people of SALL must end some way some how.

Government, the Electoral Commission and related agencies have all demonstrated that they care less about the plight of the people of SALL but the laws are very clear, there cannot be any composition of Parliament where a particular group or geographical area is not represented.

The role this Government played in the eventual disenfranchisement of the people of SALL must be heavily emphasized, from the Former Minister for Regional Re-organization, now Minister for Local Government nominee to the former Deputy Attorney General now Attorney General nominee who went to court to quash a high court decision to ensure that the people of SALL remained disenfranchised.

We believe this is the time for the NDC MPs caucus to stand behind the people of SALL and reject all nominees of the President for all ministerial positions until the SALL impasse is resolved.

The people of SALL just like the high court ruling in Techiman South also deserves to be represented in Parliament and the nation must stand up in their defense.

It is important for the NDC MPs caucus to know that if it were any territory in Ashanti region where its inhabitants were disenfranchised in such a reckless manner, they NPP MPs would go any length to defend them and would never let a single appointment of the Government through until it was resolved.

These are comparisons we hate to make, but sadly that has been the trend, but it is our hope and aspiration that this time they would rise to defend the people of SALL and push for the quick resolution of the situation to ensure that no one is left out in the business of the 8 Parliament.

Signed:

Mensah Thompson

Executive Director,ASEPA

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Leader, NDC Caucus in Parliament

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