The Ghana Police Service has said it has no authority to enter into the country’s house of legislature to undertake any law enforcement venture.
This follows a brawl in the House of legislature between Members on Monday, 20 December 2021 during a debate on government’s proposed e-Levy.
The Police has since been criticised by a section of the public for not entering the house to ensure order.
Reacting to the incident and criticisms from the public, in a statement issued on Tuesday, 21 December 2021, and signed by its Director-General Public Affairs, Assistant Commissioner for Police (ACP) Kwesi Ofori, it noted that the country’s constitution does not mandate it to enforce order in the house of legislature.
“By Ghana’s constitutional arrangement, security issues within the chamber of Parliament are the responsibility of the Marshal to Parliament who takes instructions from the Clerk of Parliament on such matters,” the statement said.
It continued that: “The legal position is that the Police have no authority to enter the Chamber of Parliament to undertake any law enforcement venture. Any such act will be in the contravention of the laws of the country,”
According to the Police, it has however, “initiated steps to engage the clerk, Marshal, and leadership of Parliament to fashion out a more proactive way of supporting Parliament in this regard within the confines of the laws of the country.”