March 6 1957




8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic


Four (4) years       2021 – 2024


In 1850, Ghana, then The Gold Coast, was given its own Legislative Council to advise the colonial Governor in enacting legislation mainly in the form of Ordinances "for the peace, order and good government of the subject." The Legislative Council was purely advisory as the Governor exercised all legislative and executive powers. The Legislative Council consisted of the Governor and at least two other person appointed by the colonial administration. The Legislative Council was required to make laws and ordinances necessary for the peace, order and governance of the Gold Coast. The legislature at the time was merely an advisory body and had no oversight power over the colonial government. Various agitations against the colonial authorities for equal representation and universal suffrage led to the transformation of the non-elected legislature into an elected Legislative Assembly in 1954.

After gaining independence in March 1957, Ghana saw four Parliaments under four different Republics (i.e. First Republican Constitution of 1960, the Second Republican Constitution of 1969, the Third Republican Constitution of 1981 and the Fourth Republican Constitution of 1992). The incessant interventions of the military in politics truncated the terms of the first three Parliaments in 1966, 1972 and 1981. The democratic instability that was witnessed over the period ensured that Parliament was an unstable governance institution until 1993, when democracy was finally restored under the Fourth Republic.




New Patriotic Party (NPP)                                137

National Democratic Congress (NDC)            137

Independent Candidate


Male                                                                     235

Female                                                                   40



Speaker of Parliament                       Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana                                                                Kingsford Bagbin
First Deputy Speaker                          Hon. Joseph Osei- Owusu

Second Deputy Speaker                     Hon. Andrew Asiamah Amoako

Majority Leader                                   Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu
Deputy Majority Leader                     Hon. Alexander Afenyo-Markin
Minority Leader                                   Hon. Haruna Iddrisu
Deputy Minority Leader                     Hon. James Klutse Avedzi

Majority Chief Whip                            Hon. Frank Annoh-Dompreh
First Deputy Majority Whip               Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan

Second Deputy Majority Whip          Hon. Habib Iddrisu
Minority Chief Whip                            Hon. Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka
First Deputy Minority Whip               Hon. Ibrahim Ahmed

Second Deputy Minority Whip          Hon. Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe
Clerk                                                        Mr. Cyril K. O. Nsiah 



Parliament Sits for 28 weeks and goes on recess for 24 week within a session.

1st Meeting:   January to March

2nd Meeting:  May to July

3rd Meeting:   October to December



Standing Committees                               14

Select Committees                                    16

Ad hoc Committees                                    1





First Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana 1993

National Democratic Congress (NDC)        189

New Patriotic Party (NPP)                                8

Independent                                                        2

Every Ghanaian Living Everywhere (EGLE)    1

Total                                                                200

Male                          184


Female                      16

Second Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana 1997

NDC                                                                 131

NPP                                                                    63

People’s Convention Party (PCP)                    5

People’s National Convention                         1

Total                                                                200

Male                           181

Female                        19

Third Parliament of the Republic of Ghana 2001


NPP                                                                  100

NDC                                                                    92

People’s National Convention (PNC)              3

CPP                                                                       1

Independent                                                       4

Total                                                                 200

Male                            182

Female                          18

Fourth Parliament of the fourth Republic of Ghana 2005

New Patriotic Party (NPP)                            128

National Democratic Congress (NDC)          94

People's National Convention (PNC)              4

Convention People's Party (CPP)                    3

Independent                                                        1

Total                                                                  230

Male                               205

Female                            25

Fifth Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana 2009

National Democratic Congress (NDC)         116

New Patriotic Party (NPP)                             107

Independent                                                        4

People's National Convention (PNC)               2

Convention People's Party (CPP)                     1

Total                                                                  230

Male                             211

Female                          19

Sixth Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana 2013

National Democratic Congress (NDC)         148

New Patriotic Party (NPP)                             122

Independent                                                        3

People's National Convention (PNC)               1

Convention People’s Party (CPP)                      1

Total                                                                275                                           

Male                              245

Female                            30

Seventh Parliament of the Republic of Ghana 2017

New Patriotic Party (NPP)                            169

National Democratic Congress (NDC)        106


Total                                                                 275

Male                              239                                    

Female                           36                                       



Speakers of Parliament (1951 to date)

Name                                                                                                    Period

Sir. Emmanuel Charles Quist                                                             March 1951 - December 1957

Hon. Justice Augustus Molade Akiwumi                                        February 1958 - June 1960

Hon. Joseph Richard Asiedu                                                              July 1960 - June 1965

Hon. Kofi Asante Ofori Atta                                                               June 1965 – February 1966

Hon. Justice Nii Amaa Ollenu                                                            October 1969 - January 1972

Hon. Justice J. Hackenburg Griffiths-Randolph                            September 1979 – December 1981


Under the Fourth Republic                          

Rt. Hon. Justice Daniel Francis Annan                                             1993 - 2001

Rt. Hon. Peter Ala Adjetey                                                                2001 - 2005

Rt. Hon. Ebenezer Begyina Sekyi Hughes                                        2005 - 2009

Rt. Hon. Justice Joyce Adeline Bamford-Addo                               2009 - 2013

Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho                                                             2013 - 2017

Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye                                                    2017 – 2020


Clerks to Parliament of Ghana from 1952 to 2020

Mr. Edward Aitken Niven Ffoulkes-Crabbe                                    1952 - 1955

Mr. K. B. Ayensu                                                                                  1955 - 1966

Mr. Christian Albert Lokko                                                                 1969 - 1971

Mr. J Aggrey-Orleans                                                                          1979 - 1981

Mr. S. N. Darkwa                                                                                 1993 - 1996

Mr. Rex Owusu-Ansah (Nana)                                                          1997 - 2001

Mr. K. E. K. Tachie                                                                                2001 - 2007

Mr. Emmanuel K. Anyimadu                                                              2007 - 2019

Mr. Cyril K. O. Nsiah                                                                            2019 - 2020

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