May 31, 2018

As starting business on the floor of Parliament, at 10:00am is becoming difficult in the second meeting of the second session of the seventh Parliament of the fourth Republic, Minority Leader and Member of Parliament for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu is advocating for adjustment to be made to move the sitting time from 10:00am to midday or 2:00pm which would be convenient.

According to the Minority Leader in other jurisdictions they have adopted the late sitting which is working for them considering how MPs come to the chamber late.

He further added that even civil society groups working with Parliament have had cause to raise issues with absenteeism in the House and how it’s affecting work in the House.

“The public would even lose confidence in Members of Parliament, the question of quorum is a requirement of our standing orders”, he lamented.

Again members should give some respect to the office of the Speaker by seeking permission before traveling; there should be approval granted by the Speaker before members travel, he said.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/