We need strong men to implement 1992 Constitution – Janet Nabla

Janet Nabla

The General Secretary of the People's National Convention (PNC) Janet Nabla has said that has a good Constitution but needs firm men and in leadership to implement its contents.

Contributing to a discussion on the 30th anniversary of Parliamentary , on TV3's Big Issue, Thursday, February 23, she said “we need strongmen to implement our constitution and Ghana will be better.”

She further indicated that Ghana does not need Regional Ministers.

“We don't need regional ministers,” she stressed.

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Parliamentary democracy, Speaker of has said that Ghana has had eight successive elections and four government change-overs between the two major political parties.

On account of that, he said that Ghana is now a consummate democratic dispensation.

However, he said elections and successful government changeovers are not the only determinants of a working democracy.

“We must focus on strengthening our democratic institutions if we want to have a sustainable democracy.

“Hon. Leaders of the House, Hon Members of Parliament, the Clerk to Parliament and staff of the Parliamentary Service, distinguished guests, I wish to declare the 30th-anniversary celebration of Ghana's parliamentary democracy duly launched,” Mr Babin said during the launch of the anniversary ceremony in Accra on Wednesday, February 22.

The Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu for his part called for an amendment to the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana.

Although the Constitution has served well, he said, there are aspects that are no more relevant to the current realities.

“The 1992 constitution has no doubt served some good in the last three decades, I must, however, admit that some assumptions underpinning some reformations no longer hold or are not supported by current social-political realities,” the for Parliamentray Affairs said while speaking at a ceremony to mark 30 years of Parliamentary Democracy in Ghana.

He added “This underlines the calls by various stakeholders for the review of the 1992 Constitution. It is time to re-engineer our constitutional architecture to conform to today's realities.

“We need a constitutional order that frowns on a winner-takes-all syndrome and promotes collaboration, collectiveness and consensus building,” he said on Wednesday.

“We need a constitutional order that would mitigate the winner takes all attitude and prevent the do-or-die combat associated with our elections. We need a new constitutional order that would prevent the constant increase in the number of seats in Parliament.”

The Suame lawmaker stressed that “We need a new constitutional order that would put a cap in the number of ministers of state. We need a new constitutional order that would ensure that the Speaker of Parliament is a serving member of Parliament.”

The 1992 constitution, as the supreme of the land, provides for the sharing of powers among a president, a parliament, a cabinet, a , and an independent .

Through its system of checks and balances, it avoids bestowing preponderant on any specific branch of government.

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

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