Governance expert, George Kyei Baffour, is asking Ghanaians not to be hard on some members of parliament who are said to be under-performing.
A research, conducted by the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, has predicted that about 180 Members of Parliament, risk losing their seats in the forthcoming 2020 elections.
Following the research finding, some Ghanaians have descended on the lawmakers with heavy criticisms but George Kyei Baffour says the blame should rather be on the lack of a system that allows for pure separation of powers between the Executive and Legislative arms of government.
According to George Kyei Baffour, because of the current situation, some MPs, who are also ministers of state in positions are heavily burdened and as such cannot fully perform their duties at their various constituencies.
Even though he agreed that being an MP and a Minister concurrently comes with the benefit of that as a Minister, in that they “have an added resource” to their advantage for development, he said that it was preventing them from attending constituency meetings.
He stressed that, “…if you have an MP who is doing his work as a Parliamentarian and not part of the Executive, that is the best because we need to have the true separation of powers”.
Again, Mr. Baffour noted that “we should have a Legislature devoid of Executive interference since that is the best option”.
Speaking to Univers News on the constitutional element which makes provision for the President to take majority of his ministers from Parliament, he advised that the country “should have a look at the entire constitutional arrangement because it is saddled with a lot of problems”
His position comes on the backdrop of the findings of the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana on the assessment of the 257 members of parliament in the country on their performance in their various constituencies.
The research concluded that, most MPs, especially those of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) are performing poorly.
He however mentioned that, he “doubts if the result of the research is conclusive enough to judge the performances of MPs” even though the “outcome is an eye opener for Members of Parliament” to learn from.
Story by: Daniel Osei Wereko|universnewsroom.com