January 29, 2020

A member of the fourth legislature of the Economic Community of West African states (ECOWAS), Mahama Ayariga has said outgoing Speaker Cisse Lo’s view on tenure of Heads of States within the sub-region should be respected.

According to the Ghanaian lawmaker who serves in the Community Parliament, as far as those views do not reflect the views of the lawmakers of the fourth legislature, he should be free to express those views.

His submission follows the Speaker’s comment at the ongoing extraordinary meeting in the Gambia where lawmakers disagreed with the view of the Speaker on two term limit for lawmakers in the sub-region.

“I have no problem with very stable political system to ensure that people who run political office stay in office for long, it has its own advantages and disadvantages”.

He noted that in a full functional Parliamentary system like the United Kingdom, some serve as Prime Minister for ten to twenty years depending on how hard the party works.

When people chose to adopt Republican constitutions, the Executive President is vested with too much power in one person and it become important for us to impose limits on those individuals as check and balance, he argued.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com/Banjul