Member of Parliament for Agona East constituency, Queenstar Pokuah Sawyerr, has said there is a need to allow democracy to rule in the country.
According to her, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is being prevented from practising democracy in Ghana and that is unfair.
“I don’t think we’ve been treated fairly [by the police and Electoral Commission] but you see, there should be democracy in Ghana, and that is what we are practising now.”
“There is no democracy any more in Ghana.”
“We are members of Parliament, we represent the people so what they want is what we will do,” she said.
Her comment follows the Minority in Parliament’s inability to access the Electoral Commission’s office to submit their petition.
The legislators, led by the Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu and the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak on Tuesday, walked from the Parliament House to the Electoral Commission’s office in Accra.
According to the Agona East MP, their mission was to deliver a petition to the EC chair, Jean Mensa which included the outcome of the Techiman South constituency results in the December 7 polls.
“We just want to make sure that Techiman South is recounted. That is the only way they can be sure that they lost the seat and “I don’t think it is too much to ask from the EC,” she stressed.
The group who were denied access by the police to the EC’s office ended up breaking police barricade at the Ridge Roundabout to gain access.
Defending the act, the legislator said, “We had to because we wanted to present a paper and that paper should have been received quietly, and nothing would have happened.”
“Why should they do that, we are members of Parliament, can’t we present a paper any more to a public office, can’t we do that?” she quizzed.
Report from the police indicates that the Minority in Parliament failed to inform the police of such action hence the refusal.
However, Queenstar Pokuah Sawyerr alleged that the petition of the NDC has been deliberately denied.
“We represent a huge number of people so why wouldn’t we be heard so that even if what we are asking does not make sense, our constituents would know that their representatives are not making sense.
But you don’t want to hear us, all you want to do is stop us because we are a minority, I don’t think it is fair.”
The petition among others stated, “That we have received and studied a petition from our Parliamentary Candidate and winner of the Techiman South Parliamentary Election, Christopher Beyere Baasongti on the happenings in Techiman South.”
“That in the Presidential and Parliamentary elections conducted nationally on December 7, 2020, the Returning Officer for Techiman South Constituency in the Bono East Region could not collate the results for both the Presidential and the Parliamentary candidates after the Polling Stations results had been counted and all Ballot Boxes sent to the Collation Centre in accordance with C.I. 127.”
The Agona East MP wants President Akufo-Addo to “rethink this whole thing and know that if you are in minority, you would have to work.”
She said, “we cannot sit and fold our arms and say that Jean Mensa should do whatever she wants, that place (Techiman South constituency) has not been treated fairly.”