Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has applauded Ghanaians for helping to sustain the 1992 Constitution for 30 good years.
“It is a feat worth celebrating. We must pat ourselves on the back for sustaining this Constitution thus far,” he said.
Samuel Ampofo gave the commendation in an interview with the Daily Graphic on the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the promulgation of the 1992 Constitution and the birth of the Fourth Republic.
The 1992 Constitution came into force on January 7, 1993, after it had been approved in a referendum on April 28, 1992.
While celebrating the successes of the Fourth Republic, Mr Ofosu Ampofo said it was worth noting that Ghana’s constitutional order had also come under strong scrutiny.
He said the hung Eighth Parliament meant that “we need to work together”.
Apart from the hung Parliament, the House also witnessed the election of a person from the Minority party as Speaker.
“It is a test we must all work on to pass to better our democracy,” he said.
The NDC Chairman said the events heralding the inauguration of the Eighth Parliament, during which some military persons stormed Parliament, must be investigated.
He cited the ongoing investigations into the attack on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA as a test case for Ghana to follow.
Mr Ofosu Ampofo noted that with Parliament as the citadel of democracy, military persons storming the House must be seen as an assault on Ghana’s democratic dispensation.
He, therefore, called on Parliament to investigate the incident and deal with any individual or individuals who ordered the military to storm Parliament on January 7, 2021, stressing: “We cannot sweep it under the carpet.”
He said the tendency for the Executive to manipulate the system was not good for democratic growth and cited the recent confirmation of some metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives as an example.
“We must check the abuse of the system by all the arms of government, so that we can make progress,” he said.
He reiterated the need for constitutional reforms, especially a constitutional review to help plug any loopholes in the 1992 Constitution.
That, the NDC Chairman said, would help improve the checks and balances in the governance structures.