Parliament reconvenes today

Parliament will reconvene today to commence the Second Meeting of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic.

The House went on recess in April to allow members reconnect with their constituents in their respective constituencies, and to take a break from the hustle and bustle of parliamentary business.

A recall notice signed by the Speaker of the House, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, chose Accra as the venue for the first sitting of the meeting.

“In pursuance of Standing Order 37 of the Parliament of Ghana, I, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, Speaker of Parliament, hereby give notice that the Second Meeting of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic shall commence on Tuesday May 24, 2022 at ten O’clock in the forenoon at Parliament House, Accra,” the notice dated May 9, 2022 read in part.

Per the Parliamentary calendar, the House would be expected to be in session till August.

As part of the itinerary of the legislative assembly, the Finance Minister would be expected to present to the House the mid-year budget review statement latest July 31, in line with section 28 of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921).

The House would also be occupied with the work of the Privileges Committee in the matter of absenteeism by three New Patriotic Party members – Kennedy Agyapong, Assin Central, Henry Quartey, Ayawaso Central and Sarah Adwoa Safo, Dome-Kwabenya.

The Legislature would also in line with article 181 of the 1992 Constitution, by a resolution supported by majority of members, commit government to enter into agreement(s) for the granting of loan with international partners, pass bills and perform other legislative duties.

Ahead of the resumption, Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo Markin said he expected a cordial relationship between the Majority and Minority caucuses of the House.

“I look forward to us building good [working] relationships. One thing the Ghanaian politician has failed to do is to have the courage to reach out to colleagues across the aisle.

“Democracy can be very emotional and can cause a lot of rancour but it is relationships that save democracy. In countries that have practiced democracy for long, one thing that will not be clear to you publicly as one that has sustained their democracy is the relationship between people from the political divide,” Mr Markin, MP, Effutu, told the Ghanaian Times last Wednesday.

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