MPs complain about long hours of parliamentary sitting

MPs complain about long hours of parliamentary sitting

Members of Ghana’s legislature have raised concerns about the long sitting hours in the House and its health implications.

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Minority Chief Whip and Member of Parliament for Asawase, Alhaji Mubarak Muntaka opined that the practice where the Executive brings last minute legislation to the House for consideration, deliberation and approval in the last week of sitting before it rises is unhealthy.

According to Alhaji Muntaka, the long hours of working in the last days was risk on the health of the legislators and wondered why successive governments over the years had waited and rushed proposed legislation on the House few days before rising.

MPs complain about long hours of parliamentary sitting

Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Mubarak Muntaka. Source:
Source: UGC

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He noted added that Executive cannot stampede the legislators with last minute work.

The Ghanaian Times newspaper reported that the Speaker of Parliament, Prof Aaron Oquaye, agreed that there should be a symbiotic relationship between the Executive and the Legislature.

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A proposal by the Business Committee of Parliament for the House to adjourn on April 12, 2019, has been met with objection and calls on the Executive not to stampede the House with eleventh-hour pieces of legislation before it rises.

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