Chief whips of various political parties represented in the National Assembly yesterday leapt to the defence of their fellow parliamentarians, saying the current seating arrangements are limiting their members from actively taking part in debates in the August House.
Lively debates and sometimes hostile disruptions have become the order of the day of the current National Assembly seating, with MPs from both ends of the house hoping to outsmart each other.
However, observations have been made that only some MPs participate in debates, while others are accused of virtually warming up parliamentary benches over the past months.
A 2019 study by the Hansard Society reported that MPs spend a full 49% of their time on constituency work as part of their parliamentary oversight function.
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