Ras Mubarak Petitions Speaker Over 4 Absentee MPs
Ras Mubarak, a former Member of Parliament representing Kumbungu, has petitioned Speaker Alban Bagbin to declare four seats in the legislative house empty.
Mr. Mubarak named in his petition those Members of Parliament who he claims have been absent for some time and have broken Parliament’s laws.
“It has come to my notice through parliament’s Hansard, and newspaper and radio report that some four Members of Parliament, namely Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, MP for Dome-Kwabenya; Hon. Henry Quartey, MP for Ayawaso Central; Hon. Ebenezer Kojo Kum, MP for Ahanta West; and Hon. Ken Ohene Agyapong, MP for Assin Central have all absented themselves from Parliament for more than fifteen sittings of a meeting of Parliament without the permission of Mr. Speaker in writing. In view of this reported breach of the constitutional provision, I respectfully petition your high office to direct for their conduct to be referred to the Privileges Committee for consideration and necessary action,” he disclosed in the petition.
Mr. Mubarak stated that the circumstance in which the people of Lower West Akyem were left without an MP for a length of time during the 7th Parliament must not occur again.
“Leadership of the House at the time swept the absence of the MP, which conduct breached the 1992 Constitution and Standing Order 16(1) of the Standing Orders of Parliament under the rug. The Standing Orders of Parliament is not clear as to who can or should raise the matter of absenteeism on the floor of the House for a debate and or referral by Mr. Speaker to the Committee on Privileges. But it is incidences like this, if unattended to that threaten our democracy,” he added.