The Appointments Committee of Parliament has fixed Monday, August 6, 2012 to publicly vet Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur who has been nominated by President John Dramani Mahama as the Vice President.
At today’s siting of Parliament, the Speaker, Mrs Joyce Bamford-Addo read a communication from President Mahama to inform the House about the nomination of Mr Amissah-Arthur for the Vice President position and referred him to the Appointments Committee for consideration and report.
At its preliminary closed sitting today, the committee decided not to follow the usual two weeks required for advertisements to be made in the media to request for memoranda from the general public on nominees referred to the committee due to the urgency members attached to the matter.
Speaking to the media, the Ranking Member of the Committee and Minority Leader, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu stated that from today the committee would begin advertisements to publish the name of the nominee in the media to request for memoranda from the general public.
The advertisement is expected end by 8.00 am on Monday before the beginning of the vetting process at 9.00 am the same day.
According to him, the committee is expected to complete the vetting by 12.00 noon and submit its report to the House the same day, if it had not adjourned, for approval or otherwise.
Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu explained that the committee decided to conduct its vetting in public since the nominee had to be known by the people he would be serving.
He expressed the hope that members of the committee would be circumspect about their question due to the high office that the nominee was expected to hold.