Ghana’s Parliament will reconvene on Dec 20 to wrap up the third and final meeting of the fourth and final session of the Sixth Parliament of the Fourth republic.
The House, which went into recess before the 2016 general election on Dec 7, is expected to sit for three days during which outstanding Bills and issues, as well constitutional provisions leading to the dissolution of the Sixth Parliament of the Fourth Republic will be dealt with.
The Public Affairs Directorate of Parliament said in a statement here Wednesday that the highlight of the sitting would be the presentation by outgoing President John Dramani Mahama of his annual State of the Nation Address on Dec 22.
The Sixth Parliament, with a total of 275 legislators — 147 from Mahama’s National Democratic Congress (NDC), 123 from the New Patriotic Party (NPP), three independent Members and one lawmaker each from the Convention People’s Party (CPP) and the People’s National Convention (PNC) — will be dissolved at midnight on Jan 6, 2017.
The Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic will be inaugurated on Jan 7, 2017. Beginning Monday, Dec 19, Parliament will register Members of Parliament elected to the Seventh Parliament to facilitate the issuance of identification cards so MPs-elect can vote for the selection of a Speaker and other officials for the Seventh Parliament.
The next Parliament will see the a majority for the NPP of President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo with 171 seats, while the NDC has the remaining 104 seats in the House.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK