The Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Gloria Akuffo was in Parliament to lay the IMPOSITION OF RESTRICTIONS BILL 2020 to back the directives of the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as an emergency measure to prevent the pandemic disease, coronavirus for spreading further.

Contributing to laying of the bill, the minority leader Haruna Iddrisu said, per Article 106 clause 2 of the constitution of Ghana, any bill seeks an emergency nature to solve a situation that needs to go through a certificate of urgency.

So he was expecting the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin who was in seat steering the affairs of the House to have pronounced that the bill must be treated under the certificate of urgency outright but not to ask the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee to go and assess and come later to brief the House whether the bill qualifies for an emergency or otherwise.

But the majority leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu also came under Article 106 clause 13 of the Parliamentary standing orders which states that; all bills are supposed to be referred to the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee to determine where a particular really qualify to be under the certificate of urgency but like what is stated in Article 106 clause 2 which requires a minimum of 14 days for a bill would be ready processing but this particular bill is different and he can not fully side with the minority leader.

Finally, the second deputy Speaker of Parliament Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin who was in the seat as Speaker pronounced the accepted that, the bill should be treated under a certificate of urgency as he referred it to Committee of Legal, Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs.

Story by: Nana Yaa Kyeretwie

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