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The Ghana Right to Information Bill, 2010 seeks to provide for the implementation of the Right to Information guaranteed under Article 21(1)(f) of the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, 1993. The Bill was tabled before Parliament on February 5, 2010 and it was specifically allocated to the Parliamentary Select Joint Committees on Communications; and Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to scrutinize and come up with recommendations. The Joint Committees held public consultations on the Bill between July and August 2011 in which they gathered various views on the content of the Bill. In March 2012, the Joint Committee held a review meeting at which it was decided that certain key issues within the Bill needed to be re-visited or improved upon in order to bring the Bill in conformity with international human rights standards and best practices on the right to information. It is in respect of this decision that we were requested to produce a zero draft with regard to the following specific areas/issues identified by the Joint Committee.


               i.          Exemptions

             ii.          Private bodies

           iii.          An Independent Information Commission

           iv.          Fees

             v.          Accountability measures for collecting and managing internally generated funds

           vi.          Appeal process; and

         vii.          Declassification of information.

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