Speaker to name and shame MPs who are always late to the House

Speaker to name and shame MPs who are always late to the House

The speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Aaron Ocquaye, has revealed that he will soon adopt a ‘name and shame’ approach towards legislators who always report late to parliament.

He noted that most parliamentarians have been reporting to work late despite several cautions.

He said despite there being a slight change in attitude, a majority of the MPs still arrives at work very late.

Late coming MPs to be named and shamed by Speaker

Ghana's Speaker of Parliament, professor Mike Aaron Ocquaye. Source: Supplied.

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Non-punctuality is not good and we have said it ourselves on the floor of parliament and as of today, we are working at these things.

“Members have all agreed that they are going to turn over a new leave…and there has been quite a change,” Prof. Ocquaye told Accra-based Joy FM.

The speaker said clocking machines would soon be introduced to help track MPs who report late to work.

He told journalists that MPs who fail to change their late-coming attitudes will have their names put out in public.

“Very soon there will be clocking machines and MPs will clock in [when they arrive] and clock out. So, there will be a record as it is being done in other parliaments,” he said.

His comments follows a report by civil society organisation Odekro, which showed that several MPs report to work late.

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The report indicated that absenteeism by parliamentarians has cost the taxpayer ¢1.4 million in the last year.

The 54-page report also named 54 Members of Parliament (MPs) as having violated the constitution by absenting themselves from parliament without permission.

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