General News Tue, 30 Apr 2019

I don’t support creation of 25 new constituencies – NPP MP

The Member of Parliament for the Sekondi Constituency on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Andrew Egyapa Mercer has bemoaned the double standards of politicians in Ghana when it comes to policies.

Speaking on Adom TV’s Badwam show Tuesday, Hon Mercer said concerns could be raised with regards to the creation of new constituencies but respect must be given to the body mandated to do that.

“I personally oppose the increase in constituencies because the 275 is even too much but the decision lies with the EC. Both NPP and National Democratic Congress (NDC) are guilty of double standards because we all preach the adherence of the rule of law but we don’t believe in the practice,” he stated.

To Hon Mercer, there is no need for the opposition to complain if the EC wants to exercise its mandate backed by the laws of Ghana.

“Against public outcry in 2012, the EC went ahead to create new constituencies and when we complained you (NDC) told us, it is the power of the EC and nothing has changed now so why are they complaining?” he asked.

The concern of Hon Mercer follows claims by the NDC Minority in Parliament that out of the 25 new constituencies, about 17 constituencies would be created in the Ashanti region alone.

The EC has, however, denied that it is creating 25 new constituencies for the 2020 elections.

Source: adomonline.com