Sunday, 25 February

Ghana MPs now free to join independent caucus

Speaker of Ghana's Parliament Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin

The Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Bagbin, has disclosed that the new Standing Orders of the House now allow Members of Parliament to form an independent caucus, separate from the Majority or Minority caucuses.

Speaking during the presentation of his opening remarks in Parliament, Mr Bagbin highlighted that the updated standing orders, effective from Tuesday, February 6th, provide MPs with the option to align with an independent caucus, acknowledging the changing dynamics within the legislative body.

Mr Bagbin emphasised the flexibility of the new rules, stating, "You don’t need to align with the Minority or the Majority." He underscored the potential for an independent president in the country, even without a parliamentary majority, reflecting the adaptability of the revised regulations to current and future scenarios.

Additionally, the new Standing Orders mandate MPs to commence sessions by reciting the National Pledge, signifying a symbolic start to parliamentary proceedings.

The updated regulations require heads of government institutions to directly appear before Parliament to address inquiries pertaining to their agencies, departing from the previous practice of allowing Ministers of State to represent institution heads during questioning.