Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has called for an urgent review of the 1992 Constitution.
According to him, the time is ripe for amendments to be made to the supreme laws of the country in order for them to reflect the ever-changing needs of the contemporary world.
Speaking at a ceremony to mark 30 years of Parliamentary Democracy in Ghana, the Suame legislator said Ghana needs a new constitution that caps the number of ministers, caps the number of seats in Parliament and also makes the Speaker of Parliament an MP.
“The 1992 constitution has no doubt served some good in the last three decades, I must, however, admit that some assumptions underpinning some reformations no longer hold or are not supported by current social-political realities.
“This underlines the calls by various stakeholders for the review of the 1992 Constitution. It is time to re-engineer our constitutional architecture to conform to today’s realities.
“We need a constitutional order that frowns on a winner-takes-all syndrome and promotes collaboration, collectiveness and consensus building,” he said on Wednesday.
“We need a constitutional order that would mitigate the winner takes all attitude and prevent the do-or-die combat associated with our elections. We need a new constitutional order that would prevent the constant increase in the number of seats in Parliament.”
“We need a new constitutional order that would put a cap in the number of ministers of state. We need a new constitutional order that would ensure that the Speaker of Parliament is a serving member of Parliament.”
The Minority Leader, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, asked both sides of the House to collaborate and work in unison for the benefit of all Ghanaians.