November 16, 2022

The Speaker of Parliament has directed all Members of Parliament to submit themselves to security scrutiny before entering the chamber.” It is compulsory for all members including me Speaker to pass through the machines to be scanned before we enter the chamber of Parliament”.

The Speaker’s directive which was made on Wednesday, 16th November, 2022 takes effect from Thursday, November 17, 2022. The Speaker also added all other visitors including the media to do same saying “all strangers who are also to do so who intend coming in whether to the public gallery or to the press gallery or to the important visitors gallery are all to pass through the scanning machine”.

He assured that the implementation of this new development is for the good of the Members of Parliament and all users of parliament and should be seen as such. “I pass through it this morning, very easy, very comfortable and if you want to see, you can see it, it would be shown you”. Mr. Bagbin also assured that starting tomorrow, “any member who is not willing to pass through those machines would definitely not be allowed to enter this chamber”.

Earlier in the morning, the parliamentary press corps threatened to boycott proceedings in parliament following attempts to prevent them from bringing their phones into parliament. However, cool heads prevail following the intervention of the head of Public Affairs Department, Kate Addo in Collaboration with the Marshall and a promise of finding an amicable solution to the issues.