The Ghana Police Service has explained why their officers did not enter the Chamber of Parliament last night to restore calm after fight broke out among Members of Parliament during voting on whether the E-levy should be considered under a certificate of urgency or not.
This comes after many Ghanaians started asking about why the Police Service failed to intervene in yesterday infamous fight among MPs in the Chamber of Parliament.
According to them, per Ghana’s constitutional arrangements, the police service have no authority to enter the Chamber of Parliament for any law enforcement venture.
They went further to explain that, it is the responsibility of the Marshal of Parliament, who takes instructions from the Clerk of Parliament on such issues, to ensure order in the Chamber.
They added that any attempt by the police service to enter the Chamber of Parliament to restore calm will be in contravention with the laws governing Ghana.
According to them, they can only come into the picture when the Marshal of Parliament and his team of officers deal with the situation that went on in the chamber and thereafter refer the case to the police for further investigations and possible prosecution if the leadership of the House so desires.
According to them, they have initiated measures to engage with the Clerk, Marshal and leadership of Parliament to come out with more proactive ways to support Parliament on issues like this
Below is their full press release;