MPs to face Privileges Committee over Absenteeism

The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Joseph Osei Wusu has taken a swipe at parliamentarians who come to the House late.

He has therefore cautioned them to desist from their attitude of face the Privileges Committee.

He was responding to concerns raised by the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George over the attitude of some MPs failing tot physically appear in the House but register their names.

The First Deputy Speaker in reacting said MPs who absent themselves without any explanation will be sanctioned.

“There are some people I have noted, everyday I check, their names are here but I have not seen them here in a whole month. That practice is bad. For those who have other official assignments, the standing orders are clear, seek permission from the Speaker. But we should not encourage the practice where people either enter their name and go and do their private business or sit in their office and watch proceedings and claim that they are in the chamber.”

“If you claim to be in traffic and you are found to be doing something else, that is a matter that is reproachable at the privileges committee and I encourage members to look at this issue. Committees that are sitting should come to the chamber first. That has been the ruling since I came to this House.”





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