The minority in Ghana’s Parliament has accused the speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho of unconstitutionally referring some proposed constitution amendments to the council of state without consultation.
At a press conference held in Parliament on Wednesday, ranking member of the constitutional and legal affairs committee and NPP MP for Bekwai Hon. Joseph Osei Owusu said the speaker of parliament went behind parliamentarians to receive and forward the proposed amendments made by the constitutional review committee to the council of state.
“It must be stated that the speaker for the onset is not a memeber of parliament. To that extent there is no legislative power vested in him, acting alone.” , Hon Osei Owusu said.
He added that any attempt to hurry the process of constitutional amendment through without reference to the recently announced Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG)-led proposals to reform the democratic landscape in Ghana would be “a big slap in the face of good democratic governance”.
The minority is therefore calling on the speaker to withdraw the referral to the council of states and also for the attorney general to withdraw the bill from Parliament, have the proposals gazetted before its introduction into Parliament in order to create the six-mo9th space for public participation in the deliberations concerning the bill.