Ghana needs maturity in its democracy – Analyst

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A Senior Advisor at the African Parliamentary Network, Professor David Abdullai has said that he expects to see a Parliament where decisions are not just taken based on party lines rather for the betterment of the nation.

Speaking on the First Take show on 3FM Tuesday January 25, he said he expects to see maturity in Parliament as sitting resumed on Tuesday.

“We need to have growth and maturity in our democracy where every decision shouldn’t be on party lines but for the betterment of the country,” he said.

He added “It’s unfortunate that at this particular time in our political dispensation we can’t agree to disagree.”

Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, had told Members of Parliament that the only way out in getting things done in the House was through dialogue and consultation.

He also called for more cooperation and collaboration among lawmakers given the entire nature of the 8th Parliament where the two major parties control 137-137 seats each with an Independent Lawmaker.

“The only way is to get the two sides to consult and to dialogue with each other, to cooperate, to compromise, to collaborate to achieve consensus, this is an imperative imposed on us political leaders by the people of Ghana, we have no choice,” he said.

Mr Bagbin said these while speaking at this year’s Commonwealth Parliamentary Association workshop.

His comments come con the heels of the division in Parliament regarding the E-levy proposal in the 2022 budget statement.

The Minority in Parliament rejected the proposal. Their Leader Haruna Iddrisu said the E-levy policy was a disincentive to the growth of digital economy.

To that end, he said, the Minority would not support it.

Speaking at a post budget workshop in Ho on Saturday November 20, he said “Mr Speaker, understandably, we see that the Minister of Finance seeks to introduce some measures including the now popularly declared e-levy or digital levy  as some have quite named it.

“Mr Speaker, our concern is whether the e-levy itself is not and will not be a disincentive to the growth of digital economy in our country . We are convinced that the e-levy may as well even be a disincentive to investment  and a disincentive to private sector development in our country. We in the minority may not and will not support government  with the introduction of that particular e-levy . We are unable to build national consensus  on that particular matter.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana
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