RTI in Focus; Where are our Parliamentary Whips?-Sammy Obeng

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, Member for Adansi Asokwa Constituency, raised the issue of quorum.

In today’s instance, there were only Forty Three (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.

Below is the breakdown:

Majority MPs Present – Out of 169 members of the Majority, there were only Twenty One (21) MPs in the chamber before the House adjourned, representing 12.43%.

Minority MPs Present – Twenty Two (22) Members of Parliament from the Minority side were also in chamber (out of 106 members), representing 20.75%.

Female MPs Present –  Only Two (2) female MPs were there at the time when the issue of quorum was raised (out of 35 members), which also represents 5.71%.

Male MPs Present – Forty One (41) male MPs (out of 240 members), also representing 17.08%, were present in chamber.

So I ask, where are 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: Sammy Obeng/


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