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Former MP Petitions Speaker Over Absentee Members

A previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, Mr. Ras Mubarak, has appealed to the Speaker of Parliament to authorize established arrangements on truant MPs.

He said it was time Mr. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin applied the arrangements of Article 97 (1) C of the Constitution and Parliament's Standing Order number 16(1) and allude those MPs to the Privileges Committee.


He said it had been seen that through Parliament's Hansard and media reports, four New Patriotic Party (NPP) MPs have absented themselves from Parliament for in excess of 15 sittings of meeting of Parliament without the authorization of the Speaker recorded as a hard copy.


He named the MPs as Sarah Adwoa Safo, the MP for Dome-Kwabenya; Henry Quartey, the MP for Ayawaso Central; Ebenezer Kojo Kum, the MP for Ahanta West and Ken Ohene Agyapong, MP for Assin Central.


"Taking into account this announced break of the protected arrangement, I deferentially appeal your high office to guide for their lead to be alluded to the Privileges Committee for thought and important activity," he said.


Honors Committee


In a request to the Speaker on March 2, 2022, Mr. Mubarak said, "taking into account this announced break of the sacred arrangement, I deferentially appeal your high office to guide for their lead to be alluded to the Privileges Committee for thought and important activity," he said.


The previous MP reviewed that in the Seventh Parliament, individuals of Lower West Akyem didn't have portrayal in Parliament for anywhere close to two years as their then MP had been missing for in excess of 15 sittings of a few gatherings of Parliament without the consent of the Speaker recorded as a hard copy.


Mr. Mubarak said the administration of the House at the time cleared the shortfall of the MP, whose direct penetrated the 1992 Constitution and Standing Order 16(1) of the Standing Orders of Parliament away from plain view.


"The Standing Orders of Parliament isn't clear with respect to who can or should raise the question of non-appearance on the floor of the House for a discussion and additionally reference by Mr. Speaker to the Committee on Privileges.


" But it is frequencies like this, if unattended to that undermine our majority rule government," he said.


Scratched picture


Refering to the Afrobarometer information, Mr. Mubarak said trust in Parliament had fallen by 12% somewhere in the range of 2002 and 2019.


The report positioned Parliament as the third bad establishment in our nation - simply behind the Police and judges, he said.


"I submissively present that majority rules government can work assuming Parliament puts the benefit of everyone in front of party and individual interest.


"During a period of appearing breakdown of confidence in governmental issues and Parliament as a foundation, it is my intense supplication that the House would adapt to the situation and be joined on this to maintain our Constitution and furthermore win back disappeared public certainty," he added.

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Alban Sumana Kingsford Ebenezer Kojo Kum Henry Quartey Ken Ohene Agyapong Sarah Adwoa Safo

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