Only 34 Members of Parliament out of 275 showed up in the House Friday. This forced the Speaker of Parliament to adjourn parliamentary sitting because the House failed to get the quorum needed to proceed with legislative work.
According to Joy FM’s parliamentary correspondent, Elton Brobbey, nine out of the 148 MPs in the Majority caucus were present while out of 122 from the Minority caucus, 25 turned up for work.
Parliament’s Standing Order 48 states that, the presence of at least 1/3 of all the members of parliament besides the person presiding shall be necessary to constitute a quorum of the house.
The Speaker Rt Hon. Edward Doe Ajaho adjourned the sitting after parliament waited for 10 minutes in the hope that attendance would improve. But the wait was in vain.
It is believed that the poor attendance is due to the NDC’s parliamentary and presidential primaries that will take off Saturday.