RTI Bill Right to Information Bill withdrawn

The general public will have legal access to information such as government documents, data, reports, and so on, once the bill is passed.

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The Attorney General, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, has withdrawn the earlier Right To Information (RTI) and replaced it with a new one.

This was after several anomalies were identified with the bill.

A new one has been laid but the process would have to restart before the House can consider the content of the Bill.

George Loh, the Vice Chairperson on Parliament's Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, said he is hopeful that the new bill, with less amendments will get parliament’s attention.

Parliament began the consideration of the Bill which has been before the House since 2013.

The general public will have legal access to information such as government documents, data, reports, and so on, once the bill is passed.

The Right to Information Coalition has often expressed disappointment in government for failing to ensure the passage of the Bill.

READ ALSO: Right to Information Bill Mahama not committed to passage of legislation - Coalition

According to the Coalition, “President Mahama has not demonstrated a strong commitment to the passage of the RTI Bill, despite his party’s promises in their 2008 and 2012 manifestos.”

But President Mahama while speaking at UNESCO’s International Programme for Development of Communication talks in France said the passage of the RTI Bill has suffered some setbacks because of lack of consensus.

READ ALSO: RTI Passage Right to Information Bill has suffered setbacks - Mahama

The president said the Bill “has been at the committee level, the committee decided to go around the country and consult on the Freedom of Information bill. Some say it is too liberal; some say it is too tight, and it should be made more liberal and so Parliament is still working on it. It was submitted to Parliament in the term of the last president, and it has continued in my term, and I believe that it is something that we should complete and make available so that people will have a legal basis for demanding information if there is a reluctance to give the information to them.”

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