Ghost Names In Parliament
The number of registered Members of Parliament who attended Parliamentary proceedings on Wednesday has been bloated from 45 to 118 as at Thursday, September, 20.
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Doe Adjaho suspended proceedings in Parliamentary on Wednesday due to absence of a constitutional quorum to transact business in the House.
There were reports of low turnout in Parliament by MPs and after a head count, it was recorded that only 45 MPs showed up for work on Wednesday. But the register on Thursday showed that over 118 MPs turned up for work instead of the initial 45 members recorded in the register.
Citi News reports that “as at the time the Speaker was adjourning the house on Wednesday, less than 50 members of Parliament were counted. The Minority Deputy Chief Whip and MP for Tarkwa–Nsuaem in the Western Region, Gifty Kusi announced to the Speaker that there were only 45 members in the house and after Honorable Isaac Asiaman also raised the issue of quorum which caused the Speaker to adjourn sitting.”
He added that “this morning the votes and proceedings of yesterday are showing that 118 members attended yesterday’s sitting of Parliament, but as at the time the house was being adjourned yesterday these MPs were not on the floor.”
The MPs have been required to attend proceedings in Parliament till after 21 days to enable the House to pass the Constitutional Instrument 78 which seeks to create 45 new constituencies into law.