Convener for the Forum for Governance and Justice, Dr Clement Apaak has filed a suit at the Supreme Court challenging the legality of the 30 new Constituencies created under the erstwhile Kufuor administration in 2004.
His suit is a dramatic twist to the controversy over the creation of 45 new constituencies which is yet to be passed into law.
Whilst the Majority and Minority haggle in Parliament over the propriety of the creation of the new constituencies, persons, some of who are aligned to the opposition New Patriotic Party have proceeded to court challenging the legality of the 45 new constituencies.
The petitioners among other things, are asking the Supreme Court to restrain Parliament from considering the Constitutional Instrument that will legalise the creation of the 45 new constituencies.
Whilst at that, the highest court of the land will now have to turn its attention to a new suit filed by the Forum for Governance and Justice also challenging the legality of the 30 constituencies created in 2004 under the Kufuor administration.
The convener of the group, Clement Apaak told Joy News’ Evans Mensah he has decided to proceed to court to correct what is wrong.
He would not say categorically whether the creation of the 45 new constituencies is wrong or right except to say that his action is purely based on principles.
Apaak is convinced that the EC has the power to create new constituencies and must be left to do their job but he was quick to add that if some people are challenging the legality and powers of the EC to create the 45 new constituencies in 2012, then the precedent set in 2004 by the Kufuor administration must be relooked at.
“It is not fair to overlook the wrongs of the past and be quick to identify and impugn the wrongs of the present,” he said.
He argued if it is wrong for the EC to create the 45 new constituencies now, then they were wrong to have created the 30 new constituencies as well and the Supreme Court must declare them illegal.
Dr Clement Apaak called for consistency in a case that is gradually increasing the political temperature in the country.