Information from sources within the corridors of power indicates that the Constitutional Instrument for the creation of the new Guan constituency is currently before the Attorney General’s office.
The issues surrounding the creation of the new Constituency emerged during the consideration of the budget estimates of the EC for 2022 financial year.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has however taken keen interest in the issue by directing the Special Budget Committee of Parliament to demand clarity from the Jean Mensah-led Electoral Commission (EC) on their plans to create a new constituency — the Guan Constituency.
“I want the Special Budget Committee to take it up and make sure that the instrument that we are told is before the AG’s department is presented before the House within a specified period.”
According to him, “this is an urgent matter. The people of SALL will have to be represented in this Parliament.”
“I take a serious view of this. I am directing that the Committee should take this matter up,” he stated.
The EC did not hold elections for registered voters in the Guan District to elect an MP during the 2020 polls due to the absence of a constituency.
The Constitutional Instrument needed to create the Guan constituency could not mature in the 7th Parliament.
The Guan District comprises areas such as Santrokofi, Akpafu, Likpe and Lolobi (SALL) with its district capital at Likpe Mate.
It was created following a Legislative Instrument laid in Parliament by the Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development in 2019.
Since then it has been without an administrative district and a representation in Parliament after the Oti Region was carved from the Volta Region.