March 23, 2021

The Rt Hon Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has told members of Parliament he would be forced to adjourn the House if they fail to form a quorum to transact business in the House on Tuesday.

He made this pronouncement soon after the House had just began its proceedings for the day, while the Member of Parliament for Lawra Constituency, Bede Anwataazumo Ziedeng raised the issue of quorum on the floor.

Mr.  Bede Ziedeng stood on order 48 of the standing orders of Parliament, where it states that, one-third of the total number of MPs are required before proceedings of House could begin.

This, the Speaker agreed with, and assured that, if after 10 minutes, the number of MPs present still remains less than the required number, he would be left with no option than to adjourn the House to tomorrow.

Meanwhile, can confirm that there were a lot of MPs in the House but they were at various Committee meetings considering the budget estimate for the various government Ministries, Agencies and Departments.

However, the Speaker’s threat was averted as most MPs rushed to the chamber from adjourning offices before the Speaker’s 10 minutes could be exhausted.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/