Absenteeism in parliament has become a common trend in Ghana’s parliament for some years now.

Sometimes parliament is forced to adjourn its sittings, due to a virtually empty house.

This bad practice by most parliamentarians usually gets out of control as the speaker of parliament is made to address an empty house.

Explaining this very worrying situation to Kasapa News, the Acting Public Affairs Director of parliament, Madam Kate Addo said the house usually becomes empty due to official assignments or an excuse to be absent.

She said parliament has procedures to be followed and explained that when a parliamentarian is absent for fifteen consecutive days without permission that person would be penalized.

She added that parliament has rules and regulations and failure to abide by them results in disciplinary measures for every member.

This is as a result of the low turnout in parliament especially before and after the National Democratic Congress (NDC) primaries.

Story: Leticia Ohene-Asiedu