Parliament needs to periodically evaluate its regulations. – Afenyo-Markin


He claims that these assessments will allow the legislature to represent the needs of deliberative representation and the oversight duties of the nation’s legislative branch.

Political observers have referred to the 8th parliament’s new standing orders as “revolutionary” as they have begun to be used.

MPs should completely familiarize themselves with the standing orders, Alexander Afenyo-Markin suggested during a capacity workshop on the new standing orders.

The legislator from Effutu argued that if “the rules governing the house are not reviewed periodically to be in tandem with changing trends and developments,” then such capacity-building programs may not succeed in meeting their stated aims and objectives.

“In order for the house to effectively and efficiently carry out its legislative supervision and obligations, as well as our deliberative representational budgetary control and information distribution,

Revising the rules will guarantee that committee-level and plenary processes are “abreast with the changing dynamics of governance and the political environment,” according to Mr. Afenyo-Markin.

The Majority Leader claims that the new standing orders have made it possible for fellow MPs who sit behind the front benches and do not hold any positions in the government or opposition to voice their opinions during parliamentary sessions, something that was not previously possible.

“Backbenchers who typically do not get their day are given the chance to express their opinions and make significant proposals and statements to improve their legislative work for the first time,” Mr. Afenyo-Markin stated.The dynamic and hybrid parliamentary democracy in Ghana will be addressed by the new 2024 standing orders of parliament, according to Speaker of the House Alban Bagbin.

The Speaker claims that time and experience have exposed the holes and shortcomings in the November 2000 Standing Orders, posing a challenge to the House’s processes and procedures.

He went on to say that although such shortcomings date back to early 2001, the current makeup of the House has made those gaps and shortcomings more apparent.

“We have to begin coordinating the House’s operations with the dynamic and ever-evolving demands and norms of our legislature. The 2000 Orders have been superseded with the January 2024 Standing Orders, which we must understand how to comply with and implement.Among the reasons we are here today are some of them. He continued, “The dancers must adjust their steps when the drummers alter their beats, as we say in Africa.”

Effective January 2, 2024, the present Standing Orders of Parliament ensure that Parliament and Parliamentarians operate effectively and efficiently.

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