Friday, 19 July

Constitutional Review Committee proposes capping size of parliament, gov’t

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The committee is advocating for consequential amendments to Article 93, stipulating that Parliament should not exceed 277 elected Members

The Constitutional Review Consultative Committee has recommended significant changes to country’s political framework, proposing a cap on the size of Parliament and the government.

These suggestions were unveiled during a stakeholders' consultation on the possible review of the 1992 Constitution held in Parliament in Accra on Thursday, 13 June 2024.

The committee is advocating for consequential amendments to Article 93, stipulating that Parliament should not exceed 277 elected Members.

This change would necessitate corresponding amendments to Article 47, ensuring that Ghana is divided into a suitable number of constituencies for the election of Members of Parliament, as prescribed by the Electoral Commission (EC), but not exceeding 277 constituencies.

In addition to capping the size of Parliament, the committee recommended a cap on the size of the government and the elimination of Deputy Minister positions.

The committee argued that the role of Regional Ministers should be abolished, similar to Deputy Ministerial positions.

“The President shall appoint as many Ministers of State as may be necessary for the efficient running of the state. However, the number of Ministers shall not exceed 25,” the committee stated.

 

Source: classfmonline.com/Elikem Adiku