The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has described the drama that characterized the proceedings of the inauguration of the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic as unconstitutional and disgraceful.
The Commission in a release singed by its Chairperson, Josephine Nkrumah, said the general misconduct of the Members of Parliament-elect was immature and undignified of people purported to be representatives of Ghanaians.
“The NCCE is appalled by such distasteful behaviour exhibited by our legislators. This is reprehensible, an affront to our democracy and contravenes Article 122 of the 1992 Constitution,” the Commission said.
A brawl between the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MPs-elect over sitting position and the election process of the new Speaker tainted the start of the 8th Parliament.
The NPP MP for Tema West, Carlos Ahenkorah then pulled a surprise by snatching some uncounted ballot papers from the Clerk of Parliament and attempted to bolt with it, chewing a couple in the process, in retaliation to the disruptions by the NDC MPs during the election process.
The NCCE said the actions by the MPs lends credence to the perception that what miscreant constituents do at polling stations is backed by some political actors and urged Parliament to apply sanctions appropriately to serve as a deterrent to others and the electorate.
“The NCCE urges Parliament to purge itself from this blemish by rendering an unqualified apology to Ghanaians… Again, the increasing military presence in our democratic processes is a cause for concern and we call for a full-scale investigation and explanation to Ghanaians over the intrusion of the military in our Parliament,” the NCCE said.