RTI suffers another jolt in less than a week as ONLY 43 MPs turn up in parliament today

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For the second time in less than a week, the Consideration Stage of the RTI Bill had to be brought to an abrupt end because a sworn opponent to the Bill, Mr. K. T. Hammond (MP, Adansi Asokwa), raised the issue of quorum.

In today’s instance, there were only 43 MPs (including the 2nd Deputy Speaker who was presiding at the time) in the Chamber when the sitting was adjourned for lack of quorum. and below is the breakdown:

By Caucuses

Majority MPs Present – 21 MPs (out of 169 = 12.43%)

Minority MPs Present – 22 MPs (out of 106 = 20.75%)

By Gender

Female MPs Present – 2 MPs (out of 35 = 5.71%)

Male MPs Present – 41 MPs (out of 240 = 17.08%)

Sammy Obeng of the Media Coalition on RTI and PNAfrica asks ‘’so where were the Whips of both Majority & Minority sides of the House whose job it is to ensure that they get their colleagues in Chamber at all critical times? I am minded to note that only one Whip (Deputy Majority Whip) was in the Chamber at the time of the RTI consideration. This is what happens when you elect and pay your legislator with tax money only for them to run away from their core business of lawmaking’’

Source: BestNewsGH.com


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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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