MrSpeaker, I beg to move, that this Honourable House adopts the Report of Leadership on the membership of the Special Committee on Constitution Review composed as follows:
i. Mr Cletus Apul Avoka
ii. Mr Edward K. D. Adjaho
iii. Mr Alfred Kwame Agbesi
iv. Mr Emmanuel Kwasi Bandua
v. Mr Ebo Barton-Odro
vi. Alhaji Abukari Sumani
vii. Mr Joseph Yieleh Chireh
viii. Mr Alban S. K. Bagbin
ix. Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu
x. Mr Ambrose P. Dery
xi. Prof. Aaron Michael Oquaye
xii. Papa Owusu-Ankomah
xiii. Mr Joe Ghartey
xiv. Mr William Ofori Boafo
xv. Mr Kwame Osei-Prempeh
xvi. Ms Esther Obeng Dappah
xvi i . Haj ia Halu t ie Rafa tu Alhassan Dubie
x v i i i . M s S a m i a Ya b a Christina Nkrumah
xix. Mr Haruna H. Bayirga
xx. Mr Joseph Osei-Owusu
xxi. Mrs Irene Naa Torshie Addo
xxii. Mr Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh
xxiii. Mr Ahmed Ibrahim
x x i v. A l h a j i M o h a m m e d - Mubarak Muntaka
x x v . M r T i m o t h y Ataboadey Awontiirim
Mr Speaker, the genesis of this motion is that, on or about the 18th of January, 2010, the Office of the Speaker received a request from the Constitution Review Secretariat, to the effect that they expected some information, or some contribution on the amendment of the Constitution from this august House.
Madam Speaker subsequently referred the said request to the Leadership of the House to compose Members to be able to deliberate and then present proposals to the Constitution Review Committee. It is against this background that Leadership after wide consultations, Mr Speaker, have proposed a membership of 25 Hon Members to represent this House with regard to the Constitutional Review Committee's work.
Mr Speaker, the Members who are listed include my goodself as well as the following Hon Members:
Mr Edward K. D. Adjaho,
Mr Alfred Kwame Agbesi,
Mr Emmanuel Kwasi Bandua,
Mr Ebo Barton-Odro,
Alhaji Abukari Sumani,
Mr Joseph Yieleh Chireh,
Mr Alban S. K. Bagbin,
Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu,
Mr Ambrose P. Dery,
Prof. Aaron Michael Oquaye,
Mr Joe Ghartey,
Mr William Ofori Boafo,
Mr Kwame Osei-Prempeh,
Ms Esther Obeng Dappah,
Hajia Halutie Rafatu Alhassan Dubie,
Ms Samia Yaba Christina Nkrumah,
Mr Haruna H. Bayirga,
Mr Joseph Osei-Owusu,
Mrs Irene Naa Torshie Addo,
Mr Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh,
Mr Ahmed Ibrahim,
Alhaj i Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka; and last but not the least,
Mr Timothy Ataboadey Awontiirim.
This is made up of 25 Hon Members of this august House. Mr Speaker, we have proposed for the consideration of Hon Colleagues the following terms of reference:
This body, Hon Members, does not
have final say as far as the parliamentary proposals to be submitted are concerned. What we would do, first and foremost, is to
collect and collate the views of Members of Parliament with regard to relevant provisions of the Constitution which require a review. So we would contact Hon Members, collect their views and ideas on the subject.
Certainly, this Committee would also receive memoranda from Hon Members. Hon Members would wish to appear in person before the Committee or submit memoranda and even appear at the same time, if they wish, and articulate their views on the various aspects of the Constitution they wish to consider for amendments.
The Committee body on itself can identify and review provisions of the Constitution having regard to Parliament's application and practice of the Constitution since 1993. So Members of the Committee on their own motion would have to look at the various provisions of the Constitution and propose amendments to the Constitution and put same before this august House.
Mr Speaker, after that the Committee Members would undertake any other related activity that may be necessary to facilitate and enhance their formation task. After we have collated the views, memoranda, et cetera we would present these proposals together with recommen- dations on the review exercise for consideration and approval by this august House. So after we have taken all the information we would bring a report to this august House saying that these are the proposals we want to submit to the Committee. So that at the end of the day whatever we would present to the Committee will be a product of this august House and not just Members of the Committee. Mr Speaker, we would then transmit the endorsed proposals to the House and engage the Constitution Review Commission for discussion.
Mr Speaker, I have to state that we have taken note of the concerns that were earlier expressed by various Members of this august House and we have tried to bring into focus divergent shades of opinion on this matter.
We propose that since time is not on our side the Committee would start work as soon as practicable, first and foremost, by meeting the Constitution Review Commission members to discuss ways and means of going about their work and then we propose that on or by 29th of October, 2010, before the end of this year, when we come back for the final Meeting of this Session, we would be able to present our report to this august House and before the year ends we would have been able to present the report to the Constitution Review Commission.
I pray that the report, as stated here, would be adopted by this august House.