10 January 2013

Ghana: Parliament Adopts Report On Formula ...for Composition of Committee Membership

Parliament yesterday approved the report of the committee of selection, based on a ratio of 55:45 for the minority and majority respectively, for the composition of members of the various committees, delegations and other association of the August House.

The said ratio will be used to determine the members of Parliament (MPs) from both sides of the House (Majority and Minority caucuses) to form the various committees, which is in accordance with Order 154 of the Standing Orders of the House.

Moving the motion for adoption of the formula on the floor of the House, the Majority Leader, Hon. Benjamin Kunbuor stated that there is the need for members from both sides to belong to the standing committees of the House.

He added that with the coming into effect of the sixth Parliament, it had become necessary to constitute committees and requisite parliamentary grouping to help facilitate the work of Parliament at both the national and international levels.

The committees check bills which are brought before the law makers, after which it is laid on the floor of the House for approval. The selection committee comprises of twenty members, with the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament as the chairman, ten members from the majority and nine members from the minority respectively which is also in accordance with Order 151 (1) of the Standing Order of the House.

Order 151 (1) states that "at the first meeting of every session of parliament, there shall be appointed of a Committee of Selection comprising Mr. Speaker as Chairman, and not more than 19 other members". Currently the majority caucus consists of 150 members, that is with the representative of the PNC and three independent MPs, while the minority is made up of 123 members.

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