The leadership of Parliament including the Majority and Minority Leaders engaged the Parliamentary Press Corps (PPC) in a media encounter to ostensibly clarify issues that have come up in the current meeting of Parliament.
Among the issues that came up during the interaction with the leadership included digitizing the whole precincts of Parliament, high attrition rate, balanced reportage, the state of the Right to Information Bill, stronger collaboration between the media and Parliament.
On his part, the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu explained that despite the anxiety surrounding the passage of the Right to Information Bill, it is not possible to have it passed in the current meeting.
He also added that no legislation passed in Parliament should be considered as sacrosanct and the House can never pass an “excellent”bill.
The Majority Leader, also bemoaned the high attrition rate at Parliament, and stated that very seasoned and good MPs who leave the House early for example a term affects the quality of work.
Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, also urged the media to ensure balanced reportage at all times and refrain from skewing stories.
He also touched on the nomination on the Electoral Commissioner, Jean Mensah, maintaining that they should demystify the appointment of the EC.
When asked what he made of NDC’s views on Jean Mensah, “We are understudying the woman and at the appropriate time we will come up with a response”.
The Media Encounter series are held under the auspices of the Public Affairs Directorate of Parliament and this meeting’s one coincided with the 25th anniversary of Parliament.