Speaker must crack whip on MPs’ lateness, absenteeism – ACEPA

Dr Draman

Dr Draman

The Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA), Dr. Rashid Draman has observed that installing clock-in devices in Parliament to check Members of Parliament (MPs) absenteeism and lateness as proposed by the Speaker of Parliament, will only achieve little due to the challenges at hand.
According to him, “the onus lies on the Speaker of Parliament to strictly enforce the laws as it is in the standing orders of parliament rather than installing clock-in devices, which will actually not solve the problem.

“The proposal is a good one but I don’t think it’s going to get anywhere, we know the MPs who don’t show up in parliament, we don’t need any clock-in machine to tell us who shows up and who doesn’t show up.

“I believe the solution lies more on the Speaker doing what the standing orders enjoins him to do, and I think that is the solution because people can come and clock in and just walk into the chamber and walk out and later when it is time to clock out they come and clock out,” Dr Draman indicated.

Professor Mike Oquaye, the Speaker of Parliament, addressing some selected journalists in Accra, disclosed that parliament is in the process of procuring some clock-in devices to curb perennial lateness and absenteeism of MPs to help expose those who attend to the business of the House late.

“Very soon there will be clocking machines and MPs will clock in when they arrive and clock out, there will be a record as it is being done in other parliaments,” he stressed.–kasapafmonline.com

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