Registration of Members-elect to the seventh Parliament began yesterday, with strict instructions to the new law makers to provide accurate information to the House.
Anyone who provides inaccurate information commits a crime under Section 39 and 40 of the National Identify Register Act 2998 (Act 750).
The members-elect, with the assistance of the staff of the Parliamentary Service took photographs which would be used for identification cards and filled out forms which requested personal information from them to be added to the database for the seventh Parliament.
The Members who had begun filling forms online were asked to cross-check and verify the information provided before their forms were printed out for them to append their signatures, while those who went through the manual filling of forms were assisted by the staff to input their information electronically.
Those who went through yesterday’s exercise, were issued with laminated identification cards bearing an alphanumeric reference which would be required during the inauguration of the next Parliament.
In all, 275 MPs will be inaugurated in January, to form the legislature which will serve a four-year term.
After the inauguration, to be supervised by the Clerk of Parliament, the members will elect the Speaker of the next Parliament.
The next Parliament would be made up of 171 New Patriotic Party (NPP) members, representing the Majority side, and 104 members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), representing the Minority side of the House.
By Yaw Kyei