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Introduction One of the daunting challenges facing the development of parliamentary democracy in Ghana is the incessant pressure that is put on members of parliament by their elected representatives to provide the much-needed public goods and services in their constituencies. Members of parliament (MPS) are considered to be the ones ...

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Ghana: Make Appointment of Special Prosecutor Competitive -CSO Coalition

The Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) bill has called for an open and competitive process in the appointment of the Special Prosecutor and the Deputy. As Members of Parliament continue to debate and propose amendments to the Bill, the CSO Coalition ...

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Ghana: MoPA to advocate for review of majority ministers coming from parliament

The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has indicated his ministry’s readiness to work to curb the Constitutional Provision enjoining the president to take two-thirds of Ministers from Parliament. Article 78 Clause 1 stipulates that “Ministers of State shall be appointed by the President with prior approval of Parliament ...

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GHANA: Beyond Naming and Shaming, Who Cracks the whip?

Ghanaians have not been taking it easy with the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Parliament . It is widely believed that although the PAC has the right to exact sanctions on culprits in the cause of its oversight duties it has just been failing to do so. The aim ...

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Gov’t presents Major Mahama Trust Fund Bill to Parliament

The government has initiated the process to establish a Trust Fund to cater for the welfare of the family of slain soldier, Major Maxwell Adams Maham. The soldier was murdered in May after residents of Denkyira Obuasi in the Central Region, allegedly mistook him for an armed robber. The Major ...

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GHANA: RTI Coalition Urges Permanent Missions In Geneva To Push Ghana To Pass RTI Law

  The Right to Information Coalition (RTI Coalition) Ghana has urged diplomats at the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UN-UPR) Pre-session in Geneva, Switzerland, to make recommendations to Ghana to pass the RTI Bill when Ghana appears before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) next month for the 3rdreview ...

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Ghana: Parliament holds stakeholder meeting on Special Prosecutor Bill

A two day stakeholders conference to solicit and discuss views and perspectives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on the creation of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill 2017 which is currently before Parliament has opened in Accra. The conference which is being hosted by the Committee on Constitutional, Legal ...

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Ghana: Pass LI on Mental Health now – Parliament urged

The Mental Health Leadership and Advocacy Programme (mhLAP) and the Mental Health Society of Ghana (MEHSOG) have urged Parliament to quickly pass the Legislative Instrument (LI) on Ghana’s Mental Health. This, they said, would ensure the effective implementation of the law passed five years ago. The country’s Mental Health Bill ...

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