General News of Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Source: myjoyonline

Smaller chairs for MPs

Seats in the main chamber of Parliament house are being replaced with rather smaller ones to ensure that movement within the Chamber is made comfortable for members.

The Fifth Parliament of the Forth Republic had 230 Members of Parliament even though the chamber of the house was fitted with 250 seats, Joy News has learnt.

With the coming into being of CI 78, the Members of Parliament would increased to 275 in the Sixth Parliament making it necessary for renovation works to be carried out in the chamber to accommodate additional 25 seats. And the works department of parliament is working on it.

However, the need for smaller chairs, Joy FM’s parliamentary correspondent Elton John Brobbey gathered, has become necessary following complaints by Members of Parliament that the inner chamber was not spacious enough and restricted free movements.

A Chinese firm has been contracted to undertake the renovation works in the main chamber, he said.

Our correspondent also reported that the last sitting of the current parliament would be on Friday paving way for the dissolution of the Fifth Parliament over the weekend.

He was also informed by the Public Affairs Directorate that the leadership of the House was in a meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss the time to inaugurate the Sixth Parliament.

Meanwhile orientation for new MPs has been concluded but both new and old members are still going through the registration process to be part of the next parliament.

Officers from the Ghana Navy also held their final rehearsal for the commencement of the new parliament, works department of parliament increasing the chair.