THE RIGHT TO KNOW AND THE APRM-PERSPECTIVES FROM GHANA. BENTLEY’S COUNTRY LODGE PRETORIA 29th September, 2004 NANA OYE LITHUR, CHRI AFRICA OFFICE. THE RIGHT TO KNOW IN GHANA, LEGAL FRAMEWORK.
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THE RIGHT TO KNOW AND THE APRM-PERSPECTIVES FROM GHANA
BENTLEY’S COUNTRY LODGE
29th September, 2004
NANA OYE LITHUR, CHRI AFRICA OFFICE
The Objective of the Bill is to provide for the right of access to information held by government subject to exemptions and protection of public interest
Every person has a right of access to information under the control of government unless information falls within exemptions stipulated by law
Government is responsible for making information on their governance available to the people, some information is exempt, these include information from:
-President and V. President’s office;
-Law enforcement, public safety and national security;
-Defence of the country;
-economic and other interests.
Some statutes and regulations which seek to prevent the unauthorised disclosure of information include:
Ghana was the first African country to submit itself to voluntary assessment under the APRM. Catalogue of processes undertaken so far:
-Inauguration of National APRM Governing Council by the President of Ghana-March 18 2004
-National Stakeholders Forum and Workshop-May 2004
PROCURING INFORMATION FROM GOVERNMENT
OTHERWISE VALUABLE INFORMATION MISSED OUT OF APRM PROCESS
INACCURATE INFORMATION MAY AFFECT OUTCOME
DELAY IN APRM PROCESS
ENTRENCH RIGHT TO INFO