Parliament to launch 30th anniversary celebrations on Wednesday

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On Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at 9:00 am, Parliament House in Accra will officially kick off the commemoration of our 30th Anniversary of Parliamentary Democracy under the Fourth Republic.

The launch is being held under the theme “Thirty (30) Years of Parliamentary Democracy Under the Fourth Republic: The Journey This Far,” and it will kick off a year-long commemoration marked by a variety of events.

Since the First Parliament was inaugurated on January 7, 1993, the practice of parliamentary democracy has developed, and Ghana’s Parliament is today one of the most studied in Africa and the rest of the world.

Also, since its founding, the membership has increased from 200 MPs in 1993 to 230 MPs at the start of the 4th Parliament in 2005, and then to 275 Members at the start of the 6th Parliament in 2013.

There have been seven Speakers of the Fourth Republican Parliament so far, with Rt Hon Justice Daniel Francis Annan, the first Speaker, being the only Speaker to hold office for two consecutive terms.

The Rt. Hon. Joyce Adeline Bamford Addo, Speaker of the Fifth Parliament, was the only female Speaker.

Since 1993, fewer than 20% of the House’s members have been female MPs, which is a relatively low percentage for the preceding thirty years.

Despite this, from 16 in 1993 to 40 in 2021, there has been a slight rise in the number of female MPs.

The hybrid form of Ghana’s parliament, which combines the British and American presidential administrations, is what makes it special.

Several democracies have found this to be fascinating, and it has given Ghana a special place among her contemporaries.

At both the national and international levels, debates have taken place over how to maximize the benefits of this system, lessen its drawbacks and difficulties, and if Ghana should resume using a rigid separation of powers.

Around a thousand bills have been signed into law by Parliament since the start of the fourth Republic.

Among many other important Bills, they include the Right to Information Act, the National Identification Authority Act, the Interpretation Act, the Food and Drugs Act, and the Domestic Violence Act.

The official launch will be streamed live on all electronic channels and websites operated by the Ghanaian Parliament as well as on Ghana Television.

Nonetheless, attendance is exclusively by invitation only according to Director of Public Affairs Kate Addo.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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