October 26, 2015

Members of Parliament are expected to return to the legislature on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, to begin the Third Meeting of the Third Session of the Sixth Parliament of the Fourth Republic after a long break.

The Meeting which will last for about nine weeks will see the legislators’ debate, consider and approve various policy documents, some of which are currently before them.

Key among the government’s business to be considered and approved is the 2016 Financial Policy Statement which will be presented on the floor by the Finance Minister, Seth Terkper.

Twenty five Bills which are currently at table would also be presented. They are the Ghana School of Law Bill, Legal Service Bill, Road Safety Bill, Tax Administration Bill and the Electronic Communication Bill among others.

A statement from the Deputy Director of Public Affairs, Kate Addo said thirteen Bills that are currently at the Committee level would still be worked on.

They include; Companies Bill, 2013; Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Bill; Whistleblower (Amendment) Bill, 2015; Ghana Aids Commission Bill; and Public Procurement (Amendment) Bill among others.

Ten Bills including Conduct of Public Offers Bill, 2013, Intestate Succession Bill, 2013 and Right to Information Bill, 2013 that are at Consideration state would also receive much attention by the legislature.

During the Meeting, twenty five (25) other instruments will be presented aside the five that are already at the Committee Level.

Forty (40) Papers would also be presented to the House for consideration in addition to nine Motions that have been tabled for debate.

Eighty eight (88) other referrals of Bills that are the Committee would also receive attention.

According to the Public Affairs of Parliament, the Meeting would also see the MPs move into the newly refurbished Job 600 offices.

During the period, Ghana would host the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa Region Conference which is expected to take off from November 2-6, 2015.

The conference would bring various Speakers, Presiding Officers among many others from eighteen (18) African countries together in Accra. The Gambia would also be participating in the Conference.

The Nine Lessons and a Carol would also be held on December 16, 2015.