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Make available all handing over notes to parliament – NDC Caucus Demands

BY: Mary Quartey

The  National Democratic Congress (NDC) Caucus in Parliament has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, demanding that copies of the reports of the handing over notes from previous ministries, departments, and agencies be made available to parliament.

Section 6 of the Presidential (Transition) Act,2012 (Act 845) requires the Government to prepare handing over notes 30 days to the Presidential Election. Section 7 of the same Act also requires that the Administrator-General shall make available to the person elected as President the original copies of the handing-over notes with copies served on Parliament; the Chief Justice; the Council of State; the Public Records and Archives Administration Department.

Addressing the Press outside the Chambers of Parliament on Tuesday 19, January 2021, their leader, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu explained that their  demand for the reports is in accordance with the provisions of the Presidential (Transition) Act, 2012 (Act 845)

According to him, the Appointment Committee of the House would require this information in order to do proper scrutiny of the Ministerial nominees which would soon be laid before Parliament for vetting.

The Tamale South legislator lamented that the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is in breach of the provisions of the Presidential Transition Act which they do not find legally acceptable for the country’s democracy and good governance practice.

“So, we are demanding respect to the letter and spirit of Act 845. That all handing over notes from Ministries, Departments and Agencies are made available to Parliament. That I believe, would be helping our work as an institution that exercises oversight.

And particularly for the Appointment Committee of Parliament which is about being set up. So that this year, vetting and scrutiny of Ministers would not be about Curriculum Vitae or CVs. We can go into record of persons who have exercised authority as Ministers or Heads of Institutions or supervised Heads of Institutions.” he stressed 

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