Right to Information (RTI)
Right to Information (RTI)

Parliament on Tuesday evening passed the landmark Right to Information (RTI) 2018 to grant Ghanaians and others access to information to public information and to give impetus to the fight against corruption in Ghana.

Both Sides of the House expressed joy at the passage of the Bill, which had gone through a number of processes before.

Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, who was chairing proceedings of the House, said he expected that when the Bill, mooted by the Institute of Economic Affairs, and on which work started in 1999, would be given a Presidential assent as soon as he received it.

He described it as key bill that was going to change the whole nature of governance in Ghana.

The RTI Bill is to provide for the operationalisation of the constitutional rights to information held by the public and some private institutions, subject to exemptions that are necessary and consistent with the protection of public interest in a democratic society.

It also seeks to foster a culture of transparency and accountability in public affairs and provide for related matters.

The Bill formally laid in November 2013, was moved for a second reading in 2015.

It was however withdrawn in October 2016, and replaced with a new one.

When the governing New Patriotic Party took power in 2017, the Bill was re-laid and work on it by the House began in earnest.

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