Ghana passes right to information law
On 26 March 2019, the Ghanaian Parliament passed the national Right to Information Bill into law. It is now subject to presidential assent.
The law provides for the operationalisation of the constitutional right of access to information from public and certain private bodies, subject to the stipulated exemptions. Article 21(1)(f) of the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, 1992 provides that: “All persons shall have the right to information subject to such qualifications and laws as are necessary in a democratic society”.
According to an earlier statement made by the President of Ghana, the law is intended to encourage citizens to hold the government accountable and ensure greater transparency in governance.
Reportage in this regard is accessible here and here.
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