Article 97 of Ghana’s Constitution indicates that a member of Parliament shall vacate his seat if he is absent for fifteen sittings without the permission of the Speaker and he is unable to offer a reasonable explanation to the Parliamentary Committee on Privileges.
Tenure of Office of Members
- A Member of Parliament shall vacate his seat in Parliament.
c. if he is absent, without the permission in writing of the Speaker and he is unable to offer a reasonable explanation to the Parliamentary Committee on Privileges from fifteen sittings of a meeting of Parliament during any period that Parliament has been summoned to meet and continues to meet.”
The Bekwai MP explained that this provision kicked at the moment the MP failed to show up at the invitation of the Committee to explain her absence during its meeting.
He explained that the Committee used every means to inform her of the need to show up and explain her absence. Her failure to show up, he continued, means she has automatically vacated the seat.
The Committee has meanwhile, by a majority decision, voted to ‘pardon’ Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong and Ayawaso Central MP, Henry Quartey who both absented themselves from Parliament for more than 15 consecutive sittings last year.