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Consider a skills course in legislative practices – Prof. Azar to universities

“It may also not be a bad idea for some of our universities to consider a skills course in legislative practices” private legal practitioner, prof. Stephen Kwaku Azar called on universities.

Prof. Azar who doubles as a Legal education reforms activist in Ghana, makes this call on the back of members of parliament on the majority group who staged a walkout on the 2022 year Budget that was later rejected by parliament. Leader of the Majority group has since being consistently stating that the Budget was not rejected. A call for ‘Division’ from the deputy majority group leader caused the walkout on the night of 26th November 2021.

Prof. Azar has explained that his imaginary Course proposed to the universities will educate Ghanaians who are interested in becoming law makers. He also added that ‘Division’ is too cumbersome.

Detailing what will make up the course, he said “Such a course might cover issues such as drafting and analyzing bills, the committee processes, quorom busting, advocacy, parliamentary processes, rules of order, motion practice, the passage of legislation, (primary and secondary), the budgeting and appropriations processes, etc.”

In conclusion he intimated that “Fun activities in such a class will include mock committee hearings where students play the role of committee members, lobbyists, etc. that invite MPs, current and former, to add insights.
A 2-hour credit course, properly conceived and delivered might be interesting and attractive to many students”.

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The division process is too cumbersome. Even the head count option is tiresome. As for the viva voce vote, I lost confidence in it since the passage of LI 2235.

It may therefore be time for parliament to invest in a secured e-voting system. This will come with disadvantages, including the inability to whip members but it has its advantages.

It may also not be a bad idea for some of our universities to consider a skills course in legislative practices. Such a course might cover issues such as drafting and analyzing bills, the committee processes, quorom busting, advocacy, parliamentary processes, rules of order, motion practice, the passage of legislation, (primary and secondary), the budgeting and appropriations processes, etc.

Fun activities in such a class will include mock committee hearings where students play the role of committee members, lobbyists, etc. that invite MPs, current and former, to add insights.

A 2-hour credit course, properly conceived and delivered might be interesting and attractive to many students.

#SALL is the cardinal sin of the 8th Parliament.

Da Yie!

 

Source: My News Ghana

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