Vice-President nominee, Mr. Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur will face the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Monday, 6 August, 2012 for public scrutiny over his new post.

It is now official that the Vice-President nominee, Mr. Kwesi Bekow Amissah Arthur would be subjected to a barrage of questions in public following a decision taken by the Appointments Committee of Parliament chaired by the First Deputy Speaker, Edward Doe Adjaho.The scheduled time and date for this event is 9:00 GMT on Monday, 6 August, 2012.

Pieces of information intercepted by The Chronicle from the Appointments Committee indicate that due to the limited time at the disposal of Parliament, the committee would speed up its process without side-stepping the Standing Orders of the House and the Constitution of the Republic which calls for the nominee’s approval by legislature.

With this, the committee has decided to ask the public to submit written memoranda on the nominee from now till 8:00 GMT Monday, 6 August, 2012 instead of the normal two weeks’ time frame accorded the general public on such issues bothering on ministerial and other presidential nominees.

The committee, according to sources close to The Chronicle is hoping to wrap up its activities on the nominee by 12:00 GMT on the above mentioned date and submit its report to the House same day for possible approval should there be extended sitting.

The Appointments Committee conveyed for an emergency meeting to consider whether the Vice-President nominee should be vetted in public or in-camera.

This was moments after the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Justice Joyce Adeline Bamford-Addo had referred the nominee to it for consideration and report to the House after reading to members on the floor of the House a communiqué from President John Dramani Mahama dated August 1, 2012, announcing the nomination of the Governor of Bank of Ghana (GoG) as Vice-President of the land.

The letter in part read “I hereby nominate for approval of Parliament, Mr. Kwesi Bekoe Amissah Arthur currently the Governor of the Bank of Ghana as Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana.”

The decision to scrutinize Mr. Amissah Arthur in public, according to our sources was taken by majority of members on the committee.

This, therefore, puts to rest the argument over whether the nominee should be vetted in public or in-camera..

Earlier, the Majority Leader, Cletus Apul Avoka had kicked against the public vetting on grounds that it would expose the office of the Vice-President to public ridicule and therefore opted for an in-camera vetting.

But his counterpart on the minority side, Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu was quick to rebut such claim and argued that it was the sole decision of the Appointments Committee to determine what procedure to use in vetting the nominee for the number two highest position of the State.

Article 60(10) of the Constitution empowers the newly sworn in President to present to Parliament for approval a nominee for the position of Vice-President.

The post has become vacant following the elevation of then Vice-President Mr. Mahama to the number one seat of the Republic after the death of President John Evans Atta Mills.

The above quoted article of the Constitution reads “The Vice-President shall, upon assuming office as President under clause (6) of this article, nominate a person to the office of Vice-President subject to approval by Parliament.”

Mr. Mahama was sworn into office as President in the evening of Tuesday, July 24, 2012 following the demise of Prof. John Atta Mills under article 60(6) of the Constitution which reads “Whenever the President dies, resigns or is removed from office, the Vice-President shall assume as President for the unexpired term of office of the President with effect from the date of the death, resignation or removal of the President.”

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