A group of women besieged Parliament yesterday to present a petition to the Speaker of Parliament over the controversial statement made by the Member of Parliament of Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, against the chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Mrs. Charlotte Osei.
The group, numbering over 100, wants the Speaker, Edward Adjaho, to take action against the Assin Central MP for making derogatory remarks against the EC Chairperson.
Mr. Agyapong is alleged to have said that the EC boss secured her position in return for sexual favours, and not by her own competence.
His comment has angered many women groups and women rights activists who are demanding that the House punish him for the utterance.
The group presented its petition to the Speaker through the chairperson of the Women’s Caucus, Hajia Mary Boforo.
They want the Assin Central MP to come out and render an apology to the EC boss for making such derogatory remarks against her.
According to the women, the EC boss got her position on merit and had become a role model for many young women in the country.
Hajia Boforo received the petition on behalf of the House and assured the group that the petition would be forwarded to the office of the Speaker for the necessary action to be taken.
Speaking to the media afterwards, the Member of Parliament of Tano South, Dr. Hanna Bisiw, condemned the action by her colleague and stressed the need for Mr. Agyapong to render an apology to the EC boss.
“Women need to be respected. I am surprised Kennedy was able to insult a woman like that. A man has occupied the position of the EC chair for over 20 years. The position has just been given to a woman and she is being accused of securing the postition due to sexual favours. This is so unfair,” she said.
She urged her colleague to respect women because women were capable of occupying any position which was held by a man.
Dr. Bisiw called on the Speaker to consider the petition and entreated Mr. Agyapong to put aside his pride and render an apology to the EC chair.
Meanwhile, Parliament had ratified two regulations on the harmonisation of the rules governing quality control, certification and marketing of plant seeds and seedlings and fertiliser quality control in the ECOWAS region.
The regulation is to ensure quality standards of seeds and fertilisers, and help improve trade among ECOWAS members.
It would also encourage local production of quality seeds, ensure timely access to quality seeds and fertilisers by farmers, increase private sector investment in seed and fertiliser production and safeguard the interest of farmers against adulteration, misleading claims and short weight.
By Yaw Kyei