Parliament to hold conference on RTI bill May 8

Sat, 5 May 2018 Source: Class FM

The Joint Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and Communications of parliament will on Tuesday, 8 May 2018 hold a stakeholders conference on the Right to Information (RTI) Bill.

The objective of the conference is to receive oral presentations from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), relevant public institutions and experts in respect of the bill.

It will also present the opportunity for all stakeholders to engage with the committee and vice versa.

The conference is scheduled to take place at the Justice D.F. Annan Auditorium of the Job 600 complex, Parliament House, Accra.

The right to information is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the country’s 1992 Constitution and recognised as a right under the International Convention on Human Rights, however the RTI bill, which arguably is the oldest before parliament has since not been passed since the first RTI Bill was drafted under the auspices of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) 22 years ago.

There have been calls by the Ghana Journalists Association and other civil society bodies for its quick passage since it has been in parliament for long.

Source: Class FM

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