If you wouldn't say it in Otumfour's Palace, don't say it in the House - Speaker of Parliament to new MPs

If you wouldn't say it in Otumfour's Palace, don't say it in the House - Speaker of Parliament to new MPs

Ghana's new speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Ocquaye, has urged first-time Members of Parliament to strive to uphold Parliaments' ethical standards.

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If you wouldn't say it in Otumfour's Palace, don't say it in the House - Speaker of Parliament to new MPs

Prof. Aaron Mike Ocquaye

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Speaking at an orientation session in Koforudia organized for the benefit of new Members of Parliament (MP), Mr. Ocquaye - who is a former MP for Dome Kwabenya - warned new MP's not to use "non-kosher", or unsavory language in the House.

Out of the full 275 MPs, 125 are first-time parliamentarians, this represents 45.4 of the full house. The orientation ceremony organized to get them up to speed so as to allow them to carry out their mandate of holding the Executive to account.

“If the language is such that you cannot use it at the Otumfuor’s palace or the palace of any respected Chief please don’t use it in Parliament," he told them.

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He also cautioned them from outright calling someone a liar, saying that just like in a court of law, calling someone a liar in parliament was "un-parliamentarian".

The orientation also covered the operations of the House how MPs can property contribute to parliamentary discussion on the floor. He Assured them that he would be fair to both Minority and Majority members, but that they also would be held accountable for their comments.

"...learn the techniques and proceedures of Parliament. Even if you knew them you will enhance or elevate them in order to make you effective and therefore take every aspect of this training very seriously," he said.

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If you wouldn't say it in Otumfour's Palace, don't say it in the House - Speaker of Parliament to new MPs

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