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Parliament implements security measures ahead of President’s State of the Nation Address

As anticipation builds for President Akufo-Addo’s forthcoming State of the Nation Address, the Parliament of Ghana has implemented stringent security measures to ensure the smooth conduct of proceedings during the highly anticipated event.

In adherence to parliamentary convention, members have been reminded of the importance of punctuality, with a strict requirement to be present in the chamber by 9:00 a.m. Furthermore, it has been deemed inappropriate for members to enter or exit the chamber after the commencement of proceedings.

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In preparation for the delivery of the presidential address, the business statement for the fourth week ending Friday, March 1, 2024, has outlined specific security protocols that MPs must follow. Notably, members are required to prominently display their parliamentary identification cards to facilitate security checks and ensure seamless access to the chamber.

To further enhance security, access to certain areas within the parliamentary complex, including the Speaker’s Lobby and the Clerks-at-the-Table Lobby, will be restricted to individuals holding special invitation cards. Members of both the majority and minority sides are instructed to utilize designated exits during and after the address, with the majority side directed towards the Division Room area and the minority side towards their designated exit.

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In a bid to maintain a safe environment, members are also reminded to ensure that their Protection Officers refrain from carrying weapons within the Chamber Block and surrounding areas on the day of the address.

These security measures underscore Parliament’s commitment to upholding order and ensuring the safety of all attendees during this significant parliamentary event. As preparations continue for the State of the Nation Address, MPs are urged to comply fully with the established guidelines and cooperate with security personnel to ensure a successful and incident-free session.

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