Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has conceded that parliament cannot pass the Right to Information Bill (RTI) in its current session.
He explained to the parliamentary press corps that the bill will have to be considered further at the next session in October as the current session comes to a close on Saturday, 28 July 2018.
Addressing the media on Wednesday, 25 July 2018, Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said: “The Right to Information, which I guess is very dear to you, you have seen an introduction of business on that but I should say that given the volume of that document, it is not likely that we will be able to complete it in this meeting”.
He continued: “The next meeting which is the budget meeting, which we would begin in the last week in October, I guess we will come and continue with it”.
The RTI bill, meant to enhance transparency and accountability in governance, has gone through various stages for the past 17 years. Several attempts have been made in the past to pass it into law to give effect to Article 21 (1) (f) of the 1992 Constitution, but to avail.
The right to information is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the country’s 1992 Constitution and recognised as a right under the International Convention on Human Rights.
The RTI bill, which arguably is the oldest before parliament, was among the many bills the house was expected to pass before recess.