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Do not open floodgates to all kinds of petitions – Prof. Agyeman-Duah warns Parliament

Previous Senior United Nations Governance Advisor, Professor Baffour Agyeman-Duah has forewarned against the danger of opening the conduits to petitions from non-Members of Parliament to be conceded by the Speaker.

As indicated by him, the demonstration, as pushed by the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak, could be risky to Parliament as an establishment.

He rather exhorted that what petitions ought to be conceded by the Speaker ought to be gatekept by empowering people with interests to record their petitions through Members of Parliament or some other road given by the House.

Talking on JoyNews' PM Express, he said, "Because you check whether we are not cautious and like you properly said, assuming you get a Speaker is different in disposition and way to deal with things, and who will endure any sort of appeal, then, at that point, we can have what is going on where anyone for a wide range of reasons could toss in a request just to disrupt the establishment.

"So I think we need to make preparations for that. What's more, I believe on the off chance that the thing comes from a Member of Parliament, I think the individual stands on the exceptionally strong ground with regards to the systems whatnot."

"So if for example, I have a case that I need to bring to the consideration of the Speaker for what reason would I be able to go to my Parliamentarian? That is the reason they address us so the MP from my area ought to have the option to remain in and make that sort of show for my sake.

"I believe that is superior, a neater way as opposed to opening the entryways for anybody having a complaint to sort of toss it in, the parliament might be cheated with a wide range of petitions, I don't figure they can adapt to that. So I figure there should be a control and the control system ought to be to make them come from Members of Parliament," he added.

Notwithstanding, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu couldn't help contradicting his clarification.

As indicated by Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, gatekeeping the cycles to documenting a request in Parliament is counterproductive as it would just permit the terrible way of behaving of MPs to putrefy.

He rather recommended that Ghana's Parliament like other moderate Parliaments all over the planet ought to organize an open Parliament framework where residents with complaints can begin online missions and accumulate a fundamental measure of marks to set off a programmed pondering on expressed worry on the floor of the Hosue.

He expressed, "All around the world they are moving towards what they call open parliaments. What's more, in different locales now on vital issues which parliaments would rather not focus on they can begin on the web. Also, the House of Commons, it's extremely famous at this point.

"They start an internet-based crusade and the law is clear, if they can accumulate 10,000 marks, 30,000 marks, 50,000 marks this is how pressing Parliament should answer. You don't have a decision. The Speaker, every one of you, you should answer. As you see we are individuals delegates.

"If individuals have a firm opinion about a matter of the standards of an open Parliament, you should act. So I even need what is going on where our sanding Orders will be altered where this business of appeal ought to generally get through a Member of Parliament," he made sense of.

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