Speaker orders RTI to be taken out of Order Paper due to proposals for amendment


The Speaker of Parliament Prof Mike Oquaye has ordered the removal of the Right to Information bill from the House’s order paper Thursday.

His order according to Rainbow Radio’s parliamentary correspondent Afia Kwarteng was given following by demands by Civil Society Organisations for some amendments to be effected before the passage of the bill into law.

The Speaker said, “We are duty bound to listen to other view points on this matter.”

The RTI Coalition has presented to parliament proposals, which they believe must be incorporated into the bill before it is finally passed.

In December 2018, the Speaker urged civil society organisations to “leave parliament alone” to work on the bill, describing as fallacious impressions that the House is not committed to getting the bill passed into law.

The Right To Information Bill was first introduced in the house about 17 years ago but it is yet to be passed.

Right to information is a fundamental human right guaranteed by Ghana’s Constitution and recognised as a right under International Conventions on Human rights.

The RTI bill will give substance to Article 21 (1) (f) of the 1992 Constitution which states that “All persons shall have the right to information subject to such qualifications and laws as are necessary for a democratic society”.

 

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