Parliament reconvenes today; Affirmative Action Bill high on agenda

The Parliament of Ghana is expected to reconvene, Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 10:00 in the forenoon to commence sitting for the Second Meeting of the Fourth Session of the Seventh Parliament.

A statement released by the Public Affairs Directorate, Parliament of Ghana, and signed by its Director, Kate Addo, said 36 bills will be expected to be presented during the Meeting.

High on the agenda of this Meeting is the Affirmative Action Bill, 2020, which seeks to address the social, cultural, economic and political gender imbalance in Ghana based on the historical discrimination against women emanating from persistent patriarchal sociocultural systems and norms in spite of the gender equality of men and women.

The Bill, when passed will provide a framework for gender equality and the empowerment of women aimed at providing both the executive and legislative yardstick for measuring the commitment and progress of the country towards achieving gender equality.

Also, the Criminal Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the National Ambulance Service (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and the Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2020 will be prioritized during the Meeting.

Furthermore, eighteen Bills are currently at the Committee level, including the Public Universities Bill, 2020; Conduct of Public Officers Bills, 2018; Exemptions Bill, 2019; Legal Profession (Amendment) Bill, 2018; Intestate Succession Bill, 2018, which are expected to be worked on during this meeting.

According to the statement the Ghana Cocoa Board (Amendment) Bill, 2017, which is with the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, will be read a second time.

The Education Regulatory Bodies Bill, 2019, Pre-Tertiary Education Bill, 2019; the Land Bill, 2018 among others are at the consideration stage.

Leadership of the House has given the assurance it will critically observe social distancing protocol during the Meeting.


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