Parl has a duty to deal with the absentee MPs to show Ghanaians it can crack the whip-Lawyer

A lawyer and author Tachie Antiedu has opined that the parliament of Ghana has an opportunity to show Ghanaians that it can deal with its internal matters.

Reacting to the decision by Speaker Alban to refer three MPs to the Privileges Committee over absenteeism, he said the House has mechanisms for dealing with its issues.

Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, on Tuesday, referred three members of the House to the Privileges Committee, for their continuous absence in Parliament.

The three are; the Dome-Kwabenya MP, Sarah Adwoa Safo, Ayawaso Central MP, Henry Quartey and Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong. All from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) side of the House.

According to the Speaker, the three legislators have breached the 15-day absence rule, hence his decision to refer them to the Privileges Committee for the necessary actions to be taken.

The lawyer in his submission said ”the work of the MP is one that requires dedication and commitment because, without the work of the MP, crucial decisions cannot be taken. For this reason, MPs should not take their work for granted”.

He said if the MPs are unable to provide a reasonable explanation, then they will cease to be MPs for their respective constituencies.


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