January 4, 2017

Parliament reconvenes today (Wednesday) to conclude activities of the 6th Parliament of the Fourth Republic.

Key on the agenda will be the presentation of the State of the Nation address by outgoing President John Dramani Mahama on Thursday which will be his last, with Parliament expected to dissolve on the midnight of Friday January 6.

What is not certain is whether the Right to Information (RTI)Bill which is scheduled for Third Reading will be passed before the dissolution.

The right to information which is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the country’s 1992 Constitution and recognized as a right under International Conventions on Human rights has been on the desk for many years awaiting the final passage..

The current parliament, though has made progress with the Bill, there are currently 24 proposed amendments left to be made to the Bill.

The Majority caucus accused the Minority side of dragging its feet in the consideration of the remaining amendments left to be worked on before passage of the substantive Bill.

But the Minority in Parliament rejected such claims by the majority caucus.