The second reading occurs after a bill has been referred to the appropriate parliamentary committee.It is devoted to a preliminary debate of the committee’s report.There is a Council of State, which is an advisory body to the President. All “Acts” are numbered sequentially with no break in the run, except the Acts of the Constituent Assembly in 1960 which enacted the First Republican Constitution and other legislation to facilitate Ghana’s transition to republican status.
This committee shall issue its report to the full house after considering representations from interested parties and the general public.Parliament, however, is only required to consider or reconsider such comments, and is not bound by them. Under Article 106(1) of the 1992 Constitution, Parliament’s legislative power is exercised by passing bills that are assented to by the President.According to Article 106(11) of the 1992 Constitution, no bill becomes law unless it has been published in the official gazette. A bill may be introduced by a Minister of State or by a private Member of Parliament. On July 1, 1960, it became a republic, the first of four civilian republics that were interspersed with periods of military rule.
Ghana attained independence from colonial British rule on March 6, 1957.
After the parliamentary steps have been exhausted, the bill is presented to the President for his/her assent or otherwise.