June 14, 2024

Parliament of Ghana as part of its thirty years celebration of uninterrupted parliamentary democracy has launched a Democracy Cup to celebrate smooth practice of parliamentary democracy without interruption under the fourth Republican constitution.

In his welcome address on Thursday, June 13, 2024 to the launch of the democracy cup on the theme, “Thirty years of the practice of parliamentary democracy – the journey so far”, deputy clerk, Ebenezer Ahumah Djietror pointed out that in recognizing the role citizens have played in sustaining parliament under the fourth republican parliamentary democracy, the anniversary planning committee under the leadership of the Speaker organized a lot of activities including public forum, mock parliamentary sitting, football matches in various part of the country to commemorate the anniversary.

HE affirmed that the celebration has not only afforded parliament to assess itself through the lenses of the citizens but also created the opportunity for parliament to update and create awareness of what it does as an arm of government.

Article 1 clause 1 of the 1992 constitution says, “The Sovereignty of Ghana resides in the people of Ghana in whose name and for whose welfare the powers of government are to be exercised in the manner and within the limits laid down in this Constitution. As such, democracy is the project of the Ghanaian people and therefore they must own this celebration, he stated.

He said it was so exciting to see Ghanaians fully participating in the celebration and “we are using football which unites the nation together to celebrate the thirty-years and this is to also help identify young talents across the two hundred and seventy-five constituencies and this will be held annually to get the youth with talent into our national team.”

Present at the launch of Democracy Cup are, Steven Appiah, John Mensah John Pentsil, Agyeman Badu, Fatawu Dauda, Tony Baffour, and Sam Johnson.