Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho has cautioned members of the Legislature to desist from engaging in any physical and verbal attacks on constitutional bodies as they return to their various constituencies to campaign ahead of the December 7 general polls.
Attacks on state institutions, he noted, causes the citizenry to lose confidence in the country’s governance structures, thereby, creating instability and undermining the nation’s democratic credentials.
“If you feel provoked or have a grievance, you may use the due process to seek redress in the appropriate forum,” he indicated in his closing remarks prior to adjourning the House sine-die last Friday.
The Speaker’s worry is in connection with recent attacks on the Judiciary and the Electoral Commission and some other state bodies where some Members of Parliament have been cited as lead crusaders of such attacks.
Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong is on record to have attacked the chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei with unprintable words while John Oti Kwabena Bless, MP for Nkwanta North, is also on record to have verbally assaulted the Chief Justice in the Montie FM saga.
Oti Bless’ comments have since landed him into trouble, causing his ministerial appointment to hang in the balance.
Although he has since rendered unqualified apology to the Chief Justice upon advice by the Speaker and leadership of Parliament, his compatriot, Kennedy Agyapong is yet to do the honourable thing despite mounting pressure from a cross-section of the public.
Speaker Adjaho commenting further urged the MPs to be circumspect with their utterances and strive to uphold the dignity of the august House.
“I urge all honourable Members of this House to uphold the dignity of this august House during the upcoming election campaign period by exhibiting the highest level of maturity and restraint in the face of provocations. I advise all aspirants to conduct their campaign devoid of acrimony, insults, and vile attack,” he added.