Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has charged some Ethiopian MPs to disregard the negative aspects of the country’s democracy and take only the best with them back to their country.
According to the speaker, eventhough Ghana’s democracy has been widely celebrated, there exist some bad practices that are not worth emulating especially given the struggle of Ethiopia to adopt full democracy.
A delegation from Ethiopian Parliament is in Ghana to study the country’s democracy.
The Rt Hon Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin described the current system of having only two major political parties in Parliament as duopoly instead of multi-party system of democracy, making it difficult for any other party to win election to form a government or have even having a representation in Parliament.
He said, this kind of duopoly system has changed the Ghanain system where the two bigger Parties, the NPP and NDC are influencing the electorate with money to win elections, making is it Very difficult for the other smaller parties to do same, and such monetisation practices in our elections must be discouraged in order to give a fair grounds to all parties.
The Rt Hon Speaker added that being an opposition does not mean, you are to obstruct government business, as he the Speaker coming from the opposition Party would not engage in such a behavior or act, since all what they do in Parliament is for the interest of Ghanains but not for their parties.
He further said, he has assured the NPP government led by President Akufo-Addo that, he will do anything not to obstruct the business of Parliament by remaining neutral in processing government business on the floor of Parliament to a successful end.
Mr Bagbin made all these comments when a delegation from Ethiopian Parliament paid a courtesy call on Speaker and Parliament of Ghana to learn how Ghana has been able to grow and maintain its democracy in order to emulate same in Ethiopia as they also hit the way of democracy.