Parliament sits for less than an hour


Accra, Oct 29, GNA – Proceedings in Parliament began late on Wednesday and sitting had to be adjourned abruptly because key ministers or members either to lay papers or move motions were absent.

It was the second of the 32-day third meeting of the third session of the sixth Parliament of the Republic of Ghana.

However, the day, scheduled to start at 1000 hours in the forenoon started almost an hour late and proceedings on the floor of the House supposed to end at 1400, lasted rather for just about thirty minutes.

It is believed that the forthcoming parliamentary primaries of the Majority and governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) is creating a large absence in the chamber, which the Legislators call the ‘circumstances of the time’.

Speaker Edward Korbly Doe Adjaho therefore suggested to the Leaders of the House to make the ‘necessary adjustments’ so that the NDC primaries would not affect the running of the business of the House.

Speaker Adjaho, who had welcomed the people’s representatives a day earlier with the observation that the meeting would be a hectic one, said ‘we are confronted with serious challenges during this meeting.’

During the meeting, Finance Minister Seth Terkper is to present on behalf of President John Dramani Mahama, the National Financial Statement and Budget Estimates for 2016.

Aside the NDC primaries, the House would next week host a week-long conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers from 18 African countries, of the Africa Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

There is also the likelihood of a bye-election, which will put stress on both the Majority and Minority, to replace the late Mr John Gyetuah, former Member of Parliament for Amenfi West, who was in Parliament on the ticket of the NDC.

Earlier during the proceedings, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations laid a paper on behalf of Mr Alhassan Azong, Minister of State in Charge of Public Sector Reforms, MP for Builsa South on the ticket of the People’s National Convention, who according to Majority Leader Alban Bagbin, had indicated a day earlier that he might not be present, due to other official engagements.

Mr Osei- Kyei-Mensa Bonsu, the Minority Leader, called for a formal application to that effect, to which the Majority Leader made, and was granted by the Speaker.

The House concurred for the paper ‘the African Charter on Values and Principles of Public Service,’ to be referred to the Committee of State Enterprises, Constitutional and Legal and Foreign Affairs.

The Majority Leader and the Leader of the House laid the National Media Commission (Content Standard) Regulations, 2015 before the House, but the document was referred to the Winnowing Committee for more work to be done on it.

When the Majority Leader moved for an adjournment of proceedings, the Minority Leader in an apparent banter said: ‘Since, he is the Leader of Government Business, we are not in charge to disagree, we should support it.’

An initial voice count could not produce a clear ‘aye’ or ‘no’, and the Speaker on a second voice count, with both ‘ayes’ and ‘nos’ pitches up, ruled that the ‘ayes have it.’

Proceedings were then adjourned.
Sitting resumes on Thursday, October 29.
GNA


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