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01.06.2007 General News

No deadline for passage of Information Bill – A-G

By myjoyonline

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr Joe Ghartey has said benchmarks have been set for the passage of the Right to Information Bill but not sure when it will be passed.

Speaking on Joy FM's current affairs programme, Front Page, Mr Ghartey said the passage of the Bill is likely to delay but assured that his outfit is doing all it could to hasten the processes leading to implementation.

Even though he said benchmarks have been set for the passage of the bill he failed to commit the government to any timeline except to say that it is committed to the Bill and will pass it as soon as possible.

The Right to Information Bill is aimed at giving Ghanaians especially the media better access to information they require.

Mr Ghartey promised to push the process. He said he was not sure whether it can be passed before the next elections.

“It is difficult for me to say. I will push the process as I can. What I can say as a fact as I speak to you is that we are putting together the teams that will come out with information to give guidelines within a month or two to move the process forward,” Mr Ghartey said.

On the controversial Transfer of Convicted Persons Bill currently before Parliament, the Attorney-General minced no words about government's determination to ensure its passage inspite of the opposition it is facing from some civil society groups and the minority NDC.

According to him, transfer of prisoners is best practised within the Commonwealth.

Mr Ghartey insisted that so far as he remains in office nobody will be killed although the death penalty remains in the country's statute books.