National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Builsa South Hon. Clement Apaak is demanding with immediate effect the release of Emile Short Commission’s report to be made available to the public, to enable parliament perform it core mandate of the passage of the vigilantism bill into law.
All the findings of the commission will give the legislators a tool to holistically approach the issue before passing this bill into law, he suggested.
He was of the the view that if the president in his wisdom set up this commission to look into the violence that marred the by-election in Ayawaso West Wuogon, then he must also ensure the publication of the report.
“The the excuses given by the majority that the report is bulky and the law stipulates that within six months the documents must be made available to the public does not hold water. Its taken the President too tong to scrutinise it. After all the NPP says they have the men and women to do the job so what’s the challenge,” he said.
His comment was in support of demands from the the minority in parliament at a press conference yesterday (Wednesday) demanding for the publication of the report.
Earlier this year, President Akufo-Addo in the State of the Nation Address called on the two major parties the New Patriotic Party(NPP) and the National Democratic Party(NDC) to hold a meeting to find a solution to the existence of party militias.
After several disagreements, the two parties agreed ton the modalities for the meeting. The parties after a two-day meeting agreed to have the National Peace Council through the services of technical experts develop a roadmap towards the disbandment of party militias.
The two parties are supposed to make input into the roadmap.
The council in a statement said, at the end of the dialogue, both the NPP and NDC Party agreed that:
- The National Peace Council with the support of technical experts and with input from the two political parties, will present a working document on a roadmap for the consideration of the parties, taking into account the reports submitted by various stakeholders at the just ended dialogue on the eradication of political vigilantism. This will be done within a period of four (4) weeks.
- The draft Code of Conduct designed by the National Peace Council will be considered as one of the deliverable in the preparation of the roadmap.
By: Emmanuel Kwakye (Intern, Rainbow Radio)