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Guide for petitions

A petition is a document addressed to Parliament asking it to take a specific action. This page provides information on the petition process.

What is a petition?

A petition is a document addressed to Parliament asking it to take a specific action. The request might be about a public policy or law, or about a grievance. Other people can sign the petition to support the request.

The request must be about something Parliament can take action on - you cannot petition Parliament to make the sky green!

Who can petition Parliament?

Any person, of any age, who is a citizen of Ghana can petition Parliament.

A petition can also be started by an organisation. If you start a petition on behalf of an organisation you will still need to provide your name.

How many signatures will I need to start a petition?

A petition will need to be supported by at least one person before it is published on the petitions site for other people to sign. When you start a petition, the petitions site will tell you what you need to do to get one supporter for your petition.

Should I petition Parliament?

Petitioning Parliament should be your last course of action. If you have other legal options, like going to court, your petition will not be accepted. Your pentition will not be accepted if you have a pending legal action on the subject matter.

Signing a petition to Parliament

If you are signing someone else's petition, your name and details will not be visible on the website. The number of people supporting the petition displays on the website. Once you enter your details this number will increase.

Publication of personal information if you start a petition

Petitions are a public record. If you start a petition, including on behalf of an organisation, your name and your request will appear on the Parliament website. Your contact details will not be published, but will be used to contact you to give you information and allow you to provide information to the related committee.

If you are submitting your petition electronically, you will fill in a petition form. The form highlights the content that will be published on the website. You must take care not to disclose sensitive information in these fields. Sensitive information includes specific details about your situation, your personal contact information, or someone else's contact information or situation.

How do I petition Parliament?

There are two ways by which you can petition Parliament:
  • Paper-based petition

    This is the traditional way of petitioning Parliament. The petition should comply with the following requirements:

    • Be in a form prescribed by the Speaker of Parliament.
    • Include the name(s) and contact details of the petitioner(s).
    • Clearly indicate the nature of the request being made (the subject of the petition)
    • Include a clear motivation for the petition and must indicate the nature of the relief (assistance) asked from Parliament.
    • The petition must be in the official language of Ghana.
    • Be signed by the petitioner(s) themselves. Every page with signatures must have the full text of the request on it. This shows that people know what they are signing.
    • Not contain improper or disrespectful language (English).
  • Electronic petition
    • Visit the page for creating electronic petitions.
    • Complete the form with your contact and request details.
    • Your email and mobile phone number will be verified so that you can be contacted about your petition.
    • You can share your petition on social media platforms to get people to sign it.

    • Your name will be publihed along side your petition on Parliament's website. Your contact details will not be published.
    • Your petiton should be in the official language of Ghana (English).
    • Your petition should not contain improper or disrespectful language.

    Each petition submitted to Parliment will be checked by the Office of the Clerk to make sure it follows the rules of Parliament. You will be contacted if any changes to your petition are suggested. Your petition will be published on the website once it has been accepted.

    Presentation of Petition
    You can ask any Member of Parliament(MP) to present the petition to Parliament at anytime after it has closed for signatures. An MP can refuse to present a petiton. An MP can present a petition even if he disagrees with the request.

Keeping track of your petition's progress

You will be notified each time your petition makes progress. Each petition will also have a progress indicator on the website to show its current status:

Open - This means that the petition is open to receive support from anyone willing to sign your petition. You will be notified by email before your petition is closed for signatures.

Closed - An electronic petition closes for support the day after the Closing for signatures date has been reached. You set this date when you create your petition.

Presented - Indicates that the petition is closed for signatures and that an MP has presented the petition to Parliament

Completed - Indicates that the petition has been examined by a committee and that the committee has reported to Parliament. The report will be available on Parliament's website, on the page with your petition