Parliament has placed a cap on the number of guests a ministerial nominee is allowed when appearing before the Appointments Committee of Parliament to 10.
Announcing the new measure Friday, Speaker of Parliament Professor Mike Oquaye said it will sanitise sittings of the appointments committee and make it more effective.
“The Parliamentary service board and leaders have noticed and heard some of the comments which run regarding our vetting process and it is not a joke as sometimes some commentators will want to convey.
“[And] we thought we should revise some of our systems so as to give business efficacy to the process of vetting. It’s not just some formality and parliament is very mindful of this onerous constitutional duty in that regard,” said Professor Oquaye when announcing the changes.
He continued: “We also realise that sometimes the numbers that come into the room do not help the process. That’s to say the least. And there have been giggling seen all over TV and other remarks, gestures and postures which are not the best in all the serious circumstances of the process of carrying out our constitutional duty.
“Therefore, we limited and we announced in this honourable House well in advance that only 10 members of a nominee’s family, friends or others may come to the hall.”
Hitherto nominees are afforded to appear before the committee with limitless number of guests crowding the conference room.