Parliament in Ghana has been cut off by the Government Electricity Company (ECG) due to a debt of 23m Cedis which is equivalent to Sh 4.6 billion.

The challenge interrupted the debate about the President's speech focused on the state of the nation.

A 'video' released by the local media showed MPs in parliament in low light chanting: "Dumsor, dumsor", which means blackout in the Akan language.

Local media reported that after the challenge, an emergency generator restored electricity to the parliament.

However, some parts of the parliament remained without electricity for the whole day before it was restored later.

Members of Parliament and parliamentary staff who were using the elevator became stuck immediately after the challenge, Ghana's TV3 channel reported.

The communications director of the electricity company, William Boateng, told the Reuters news agency that it had decided to cut off the electricity because of the parliament's refusal to "respect notices of demands to pay".

It is said that after the crisis, the electricity was later restored after the parliament paid Cedi 13m and promised to settle the remaining debt within a week, Boateng added.

The financial officer of the parliament, Ebenezer Ahumah Djietror denied that the parliament owes the amount quoted by the company.