Two dangerous thugs, have been arrested by parliament security officers after they were caught with a dagger, cigarette and some harmful substances when trying to enter into the Parliament building where a crucial debate among MPs on the proposed 2022 Public Elections Bill is going on.
Members of Parliament are currently debating on whether to reject or approve the proposed 2022 Public Elections Bill.
The Bill, among other things, seeks to replace the current 2012 Public Elections Act and if approved, will be used in the conduct of future public elections in the country.
When the proposed 2022 Public Elections Bill was introduced last week by the Leader of Government Business, Hon Mathew Nyuma, MPs from the opposition political parties opposed to it on the grounds that due process was not followed. As a result, the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Dr. Abass Bundu, in his wisdom adjourned the hearing to today’s date to rule as to whether to reject or pass it into law. Ironically and arithmetically, the ruling party and the opposition do not have the required two-third majority to tilt the debate to their sides as 96 MPs account for the said two-third majority in the current Parliament.
Currently the seat allocation in the House stands at APC-59, SLPP-58, C4C-8 and NGC-.
Therefore, for theBill to become law, the ruling SLPP must lobby the NGC, C4C, Paramount Chief MPs plus another eleven MPs from the main opposition APC MPs which to political pundits, is somewhat remote.