Mr Speaker, I am also adding, apart from the fundamental constitutional issue, that we must advise ourselves as to the dynamics of the
NGO world, the motivations. We pass a law like this and we would see a whole gamut of NGOs springing up, political parties in guise, creating all manner of problems at the local level. Would the right thinking members of the society in Ghana not ask that, “Parliament, why did you make this law at all to bring about this confusion?” So, in all these matters, we must seek expert advice. We must know the dynamics of the NGO world, we must know the various interests that underpin NGO activities-- political, social, cultural, economic, religious.
Mr Speaker, one may mount a platform as an NGO. The local people for various sectional interests, one gets there and one would see that, actually, that platform is faction and then there will be another faction coming to protest against that factional platform; it will bring only confusion.
So, what I am saying is that, if they want to help as an NGO -- and this is something they have been doing all along -- we have constitutional bodies which are given constitutional mandate. The Constitution also perceives this activity as an individualistic issue.
An indiv idual campaign and participates in District Assemblies, period. If some organisation is an NGO, whatever NGO it is, they may well go and donate in cash and kind to the EC to maximise its capacity to perform its constitutional mandate. They cannot take over that function, and any attempt to delegate, to abrogate, will be an assault on the Constitution of the Republic.
Mr Speaker, it is not a matter of dotting ‘i's ‘and crossing ‘t's'. It is a matter of this matter being taken out, if we want this Bill to see the light of being a law.