Parliament may ban use of cell phones

February 24, 2017
Source: Eugene Davis/
Parliament may ban use of cell phones

Parliament House, might consider restricting visitors to the chamber from using their cell phones and other camera devices in a bid to prevent distractions during proceedings.

Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu disclosed this when he was presenting the Business statement on the floor of the house.

The Business Statement itemises activities of Parliament for the upcoming week, and among the highpoint next week is the presentation of Budget statement and Economic planning of government by the Finance Minister.

He said; “I appreciate the acknowledgment given by the Minority leader about the necessity in maintaining the sanctity and integrity of this house by not festooning our house with placards, for that reason we disallow strangers who populate the public gallery not to bring in cameras.

[Mr Speaker], I guess very soon, we shall even have to take some decisions about cell phones that are brought to this chamber especially by strangers that you admit to the house, the interjections that sometimes they do whilst the business of the house is being transacted is unacceptable and we may need to attend to that.”

Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who is also the Member of Parliament for Suame also spoke against excessive heckling by Members of Parliament, in relation to the President’s visit to the house to address the State of the Nation.

He urged Parliament to come to a determination on it, so it does not degenerate into something serious in the longer term.