February 5, 2021

Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa sought to know from the Majority Leader of the House, Osei-Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the status of the new standing orders which the immediate past 7th Parliament worked on, for which a Technical Committee was put together by the 8th Parliament and they have concluded their work.

According to him there has been information that indicates that there would be a joint caucus meeting or committee of the whole last week, but it looks like the House is no longer working with original plan.

“We want to know, as the Majority Leader has not given any indications to what is happening as far as the review process is concerned. Members have input to make and it is not clear, more especially when MPs want Committees formed so that we can start work”.

He made this comments on the floor of the House on Friday, February 5, 2021 when the Majority Leader presented the Business statement for the ensuing week.

In his response, the Majority Leader noted that the Standing Orders Committee must own the new standing order, because the Technical Committee that had concluded its work cannot present it to the plenary.

Hence, the thinking that the joint caucus to take place on Friday, but was not announced by the Speaker, as the Standing Order Committee has to lead the discussion on consideration to any amendment for a holistic review.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com