Parliament of Ghana
The campaigning civil society organisations call on the country’s political leaders to make compromises among themselves in order to consolidate Ghana’s democratic achievements.
A copy of a statement from the CSO coalition was obtained by the Ghana News Agency: Today, the 7th. In January 2021, the Ghanaians woke up to the videos and media reports of the horrific scenes taking place in Ghana’s Parliament, which marked the sacred and solemn process of electing the Speaker of Parliament and taking the oath in the members of Parliament.
The scenes witnessed by the Ghanaians took place before the international community betrayed the proclamations of our political leaders professing democratic principles, the rule of law and the pursuit of the public interest.
In the middle of the ensuing riots, the police were reportedly called in, followed by the army, to restore order.
She noted that the presence of the military in the house was an extremely low point in the operations of the house.
According to the declaration, this reflects the recent practice of excessive use of armed forces to deal with civil issues.
As a nation, we must quickly move away from this evolving model if we want to move forward, he said.
Moreover, the antics of the elected members of parliament threaten to temporarily prolong a dangerous constitutional and governmental situation in which the country is governed neither by the parliament nor by the president.
We strongly condemn the theft of the ballot box and expect those responsible for this act to be punished by the House of Representatives.
Fortunately, the political leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) were able to find a compromise that led to the election of Alban Bagbin as president of the 8th Congress. The Parliament of 4. Convocation led Joseph Osei Owusu as First Vice President and Andrew Asiama Amoako as Second Vice President.
She said that the resolution adopted by the two political parties reaffirmed that the only way to succeed with the 8th Action Plan is for the government to take action. Parliament wants both parties to work together in a spirit of compromise, consensus and agreement for the benefit of all Ghanaians and the development of the country.
We hope that, in the future, Parliament will adopt a culture of mediation, negotiation and compromise, in particular by completing the first part of the democratic transition process that will culminate in the inauguration of the President-elect, without prejudice to the ongoing processes that call into question the declaration of the 2020 presidential elections, he said.
In this spirit, we call on the National Congress of Nduma and all other political parties to participate fully in the inauguration to promote unity and peace in the country.
The complex process of electing a speaker has raised a number of legal and constitutional issues that need to be considered and reformed.
We hope to be fully involved in resolving these issues in due course. We call upon all well-meaning Ghanaians to join this call and to ensure a smooth and peaceful democratic transition, 1 to 9, in the service of God and the country.
CSO members participating in the campaign include the Citizen’s Forum Initiative (CFI), the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and Norsaac.
The others are Ark Foundation, Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Civil Movement Against Corruption (CMAC), IMANI Africa, African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA), SEND Ghana, STAR Ghana Foundation and West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI).
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