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OccupyGhana threatens court action over sections of Assets Declaration Act

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Pressure group, OccupyGhana, has threatened to bring an action at the apex court to correct an alleged constitutional inconsistency of a section of the Declaration of Assets and Disqualification Act.

The sentence in the act that OccupyGhana is challenging allegedly extends the time for public office holders to declare their assets and liabilities by six months. The group says this is wrong.

OccupyGhana, a group of eminent professionals in Ghana, wants the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo, to agree that the six-month extension is not consistent with the Constitution and hence correct this by deleting that section of the Act.

When that provision, the last sentence in the Declaration of Assets and Disqualification Act is deleted, it will “bring the Act into conformity with the Constitution,” the group said in a letter to the Attorney General and copied to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, the Chief of Staff and the Controller and Accountant General.

“However, if you disagree with us, then we would have no option than to bring an action in the Supreme Court under Article 2 of the Constitution for a declaration that that sentence is inconsistent with and in contravention of Article 286(1) of the Constitution,” OccupyGhana said in the letter to the Attorney General.

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