The final State of the Nation’s address by President John Dramani Mahama which was scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled.
Reasons for the cancellation are not readily unknown and it is not clear whether a new date will be set for the address which will also be the last by a head of State to the Sixth Parliament that is set to be dissolved midnight January 6. The delivery of the address is in accordance with Article 67 the Constitution which states: “The President shall, at the beginning of each session of Parliament and before a dissolution of Parliament, deliver a message on the state of the nation”. Parliament will today resume sitting to round up its activities before members rise for the Christmas break ahead of the dissolution.
Already, Parliament has started registering all the newly elected members of parliament for the Seventh Parliament of the Fourth Republic. The members will be issued with identification cards which will enable them to vote for the selection of a Speaker and other officials for the 7th Parliament under the fourth republic ahead of the inauguration of the president-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on January 7, 2017. The registration which started on Monday, December 19, ends on Friday, December 23.