Parliament reconvenes on Thursday

The Speaker of Parliament, Edward Adjaho, has summoned Parliament from recess to begin sitting from Thursday September 1.

The recall is in pursuance of Article 112 (3) of the constitution and Order 38 (1) of the Standing Orders of Parliament.

A statement issued from the Office of the Speaker, summoning the House, gave no exact reason for the recall.

However, the meetings would enable the law makers to deal with outstanding issues which were not completed in the previous meeting.

They will use the opportunity to push important bills such as the Right to Information Bill, which is currently at the consideration stage, some steps further towards its Third Reading and subsequent approval.

The Public Elections Regulations, 2016 (Constitutional Instrument) C.I 94 also needs one more sitting day to mature and will mature when the House resumes sitting on Thursday.

The bill seeks to, among other things; create the legal framework to regulate the conduct of the polls on December 7.

The C.I, when matured, would replace C.I 75 which was used to regulate the conduct of the 2012 general elections.

Also, the Representation of the People (Parliamentary Constituencies) Instrument, 2016 will also mature when the House resumes on Thursday.

The purpose of the instrument is to capture certain polling stations and electoral areas which were created during the district assemblies elections but was not captured in C.I 71.

The tenure of the 6th Parliament will expire on the mid-night of January 6, 2017.

By Yaw Kyei 


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