Parliament has denied knowledge of any question filed by any Member of Parliament (MP) regarding the GHS280.3 million approved the House to fight against the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
A Press Statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs of Parliament, Ms Kate Addo, and copied to Todaygh.com indicated, per Order 64 of the Standing Orders of Parliament, no question has been filed in the name of any MP wanting to know the expenditure of the GHS280.3 million.
According to the statement the allegation made by the MP for Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam, Mr. Cassiel Ato Forson on Joy FM, that the Minority caucus has filed a question but it has not been answered was inaccurate and must be disregarded by members of the public.
It further explained that, all questions to parliament by MPs are filed by individual MP in his/her name and that per the Standing Orders, no question is filed in the name of the caucus.
“Per the rules and practices of Parliament, Questions are not filed in the name of, or by Caucuses. Rather a Member seeking a response to a specific issue would file a Question in his or her name, signed by the Member as provided for in Standing Order 64,” the statement added.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
QUESTION ON EXPENDITURE RETURNS OF 280.3 MILLION COVID-19 MONIES YET TO COME TO
Parliament has noted an allegation by the Honourable Member for Ajumako Enyan Essiam the Honorable Cassiel Ato Forson that a Question on the expenditure returns of an amount of 280.3 Million Ghana Cedis allocated for the fight against the Corona Virus during the lockdown period is yet to receive an answer, three weeks after the Question was filed. The Honourable Member was speaking on JoyFm’s 6.00 pm News on Monday, June 1st, 2020. From our records in Parliament, there is no specific Question with the said amount filed by the Honourable Member or any Member for that matter.
Per the rules and practices of Parliament, Questions are not filed in the name of, or by Caucuses. Rather a Member seeking a response to a specific issue would file a Question in his or her name, signed by the Member as provided for in Standing Order 64.
The Office’s interaction with the Honourable Member does not disclose that he had filed an earlier Question. Rather reference is made to a Question filed earlier by a Member of the Minority seeking to “ask the Minister of Health what emergency preparedness and response plan the Ministry has put in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19 virus and the details of how the 100 Million Dollars announced by the President will be spent. ”
Upon further consultation with the Honourable Member, he indicated that he intends to file a Question today on the matter raised in the media. Once the question is filed, it will be processed in accordance with the rules of the House.
In a related matter, the Majority Leader, who is also the Chairman of the Business Committee is alleged to have alluded to the creation of new constituencies in his presentation on Friday 20/05/2020 of the Business Statement for this week. No such presentation has been made by the Majority Leader. In fact, the Majority Leader in the said presentation, stated categorically that Committee on Subsidiary Legislation should endeavour to submit its report on the Public Elections (Registration of Regulation of Voters) (Amendment) 2020 for the consideration of the House on or before the coming into force of the Instrument.
He insisted that the Committee must submit their report to the House by Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 for consideration on Thursday, June 4th, 2020. The attribution to him with regards to to the creation of new constituencies is therefore wrongful.
THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIRECTORATE.
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