Policy think tank, IMANI Ghana is advocating for the introduction of a private members’s bill in the country’s law making process.
A statement released here Thursday signed by Franklin Cudjoe, president for IMANI Ghana that will help democratize law making in the West African country.
“We need bold and forward-looking parliamentarians to demand the introduction of private member’s bills to help democratize the art of law making,” the statement said.
The parliament here has been in the news in recent times over allegations of near extortion from government agencies sponsoring bills before they are served by relevant committees of Parliament.
The IMANI Ghana president further stated, “While these reported cases are an affront to parliamentary practice, it does seem the legalized monopoly over the introduction of bills by the executive arm of government will continue to fuel suspicion and allegations of parliamentary extortion.”
Private Members’ Bills are public bills introduced by Members of Parliament (MPs) and Lords who are not government ministers.
As with other public bills their purpose is to change the law as it applies to the general population.
Former Chairman of the Finance Committee of Ghana’s Parliament, James Klutse Avedzi, told the media this week his committee received GHC100,000 from officials of the National Lottery Authority (NLA) prior to consideration of amendments of the National Lottery Act, 2006 (Act 722).
Meanwhile, a former Chairman of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) here, Justice Emile Short has called for immediate investigations into the circumstances under which the NLA paid monies to some parliamentarians.
He described the payment as a very serious allegation, which has implications on the image and reputation of Parliament. Enditem