Effective 12th July, 2022, onwards, until modified in due course by the Speaker of Parliament, members of the public including MDAs, development partners, CSOs and the Press who wish to attend parliamentary proceedings are requested to fill an online access form on https://forms.gle/TqiyjV518twmSUJE6.
The directive is parts of new measures that have been put in place to enhance the safety and security of Members of Parliament, staff and visitors (strangers) within the precincts of parliament.
In addition to this restrictive, henceforth, invitations to witness proceedings in Parliament by representatives of political parties will be issued by Leaders of the respective Political Parties in Parliament through the Speaker.
Also, leaders of political parties in Parliament are responsible to retrieve the invitation pass from their invited guests and submit same to the Sergeant-At-Arms after sittings in Parliament.
Depending on the availability of seats in the Lower and Upper Galleries in the Chamber of Parliament, approval to attend sittings will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis.
A printed list with names of approved visitors will be managed by the security personnel before the issuance of visitors’ access passes.
The submission of personal data alone does not give automatic access to the General Public. It must be followed by an invitation issued under the hand of the Speaker.
The public shall use the main entrance to access Parliament after a thorough search and screening by security personnel.
The public shall be in a formal dress code (Suits/African) before they will be allowed to enter the Chamber of Parliament.