Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu delivering his address


The Vice Chairman of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Executive Committee, Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has stated that democratic governance has evolved from a male-dominated system to effective cross-community participation, with a focus on the inclusion of women and people with disabilities.

This structure, he believes, best fosters and allows for effective participation in democratic governance.

In his welcome address to the 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Accra, Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, stated that inspite of such levels of progress there are inadequacies in the current democratic governance that demand the attention of parliamentarians.

“Should unitary countries have second parliamentary chambers? Should MPs have a termination?” he asked rhetorically.

Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who is also the Majority Leader of Ghana’s Parliament, said there was the need for the CPA to look at how to deal with the side effects of the winner-takes-all arrangements in presidential and general elections in member countries.