The Member of Parliament for the Buem constituency, Kofi Adams has described as “a joke” the proposal by the Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Godfred Dame that fresh parliamentary elections must be held in the constituency. According to him, the proposal shows that the Akufo-Addo government has failed in addressing the country’s local government structure challenge, especially concerning the matter of the disenfranchised SALL residents.
“This clearly shows that we have an incompetent government that was bestowed on us. This is not the first time we have had to amend our constituency boundaries. In each of those cases, we have never seen this level of incompetence. But this shows that the government has been incompetent in handling our local government creation of the constituency. But for what he said, I see it as a joke. He was evasive with the real issues that came from his answers. But I am ready for any elections in Buem,” he said.
The Attorney General said annulling the Buem election will ensure that the people of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Likpe, and Lolobi (SALL) exercise their right to vote, so they are represented in the 8th Parliament. The people of SALL did not vote in the parliamentary elections but participated in the presidential polls with the expected creation of the Guan constituency.
Answering questions in Parliament on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, the Attorney General indicated that the constitutional instrument needed to create the new Guan constituency is with the Electoral Commission and will be laid in the house soon.
“The way to go if we want to achieve representation of the SALL areas in the lifetime of this Parliament is to ensure that proper areas that have been allocated within proper constituencies duly created by the law are given their right to vote in proper elections properly conducted to duly elect Members of Parliament. Thus, a proper election ought to be conducted to elect a Member of Parliament to represent all of the people in the Buem constituency, as mandated by C. I. 128,” he said.