The Electoral Commission has served notice of preparations for possible implementation of the Representation of the People’s Amendment Act (ROPAA), in the next general elections.
The EC says it will soon form a committee that will be made up of representatives of political parties, experts and civil society groups to establish a roadmap for implementation.
The EC would be represented by three persons, the active political parties with at least two representatives in parliament will have one representative each, all the other active political parties with no representation in Parliament will also nominate one person and the civil society groups will also have one representation.
The committee will then look into the modalities of the whole implementation, whether it would be feasible for Election 2020 or it should start from Election 2024.
Political parties and civil society groups have up to Monday, October 22, 2018 to submit names of their representatives for the committee.
Some political parties including the main opposition party, NDC have already started expressing reservation about the rush to go ahead with implementation in 2020.
The decision to form the committee to come up with the roadmap was announced at an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting on Thursday, October 18, 2018.