Parliament to begin registration of elected MPs

December 15, 2016
Source: Eugene Davis/thebftonline.com/Ghana
Parliament to begin registration of elected MPs

Parliament is set to begin the registration of Members of Parliament elect of the 7TH Parliament from December 19-23, the Public Affairs of Parliament has announced.

According to Kate Addo, Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Parliament of Ghana, members are expected to arrive in the morning to start registration from 9am to 5pm.

Members who may wish to register online could also visit the parliamentary website (www.parliament.gh) and follow the link.

“Basically when they come, they will go through the process of registration and take their photographs, then they will be issued with an ID card, when the process is done.

By convention, Members of Parliament after registration will also vote to select a new Speaker, Mrs Addo said.

“We will have a database of all members, which we will use to identify who is who and then we can effect the voting that will happen in the chamber at the inauguration,” she told B&FT.

The next Parliament is expected to see the election of a new Speaker and two deputies and as well as new minority and majority leaders.

Mrs. Addo also stated that the current Parliament which will resume on Tuesday December 20, 2016 is expected to be dissolved on January 6, 2017.

Members of Parliament will be in the House on Tuesday December 20, 2016 to resume sitting after six weeks of recess.

This will be a continuation of the fourth session of the House after which it will be dissolved to make way for the inauguration of the next Parliament, which will be on January 7, 2016.

During the dissolution and inauguration of the new Parliament, the Clerk to Parliament will be at the helm.

Parliament has been on break since November 3, 2016. 

Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho has ordered the resumption in pursuant of standing order 42(3) of Parliament.

The sitting will be for a relatively short period within which critical government business will be considered.

Prior to the recess, a number of bills were passed including the National Youth Scheme Bill, 2016, Real Estate Authority Bill, 2015, Local Governance Bill, Energy Commission Bill among others.