Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Ocquaye, is of the view that the results of a research conducted by some lecturers at the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana is unfair.
According to the research, about 180 Members of Parliament, risk losing their seats in the forthcoming 2020 elections.
Following the dissemination of the research findings, some Ghanaians have descended on the lawmakers with heavy criticisms, but the Speaker claims that the research did not contain all aspects of the roles and responsibilities of the MP’s.
He said that the researchers did not take into consideration the work that the lawmakers were doing in the various committees they were part of in parliament.
“A Member of Parliament who is assessed without his or her works in committee cannot be said to be properly assessed. Therefore, you need to know the person’s contribution to the committees because the committees are the workshop of parliament; well established throughout the world. That is where we do the nitty gritty before we come to the plenary. We should all understand these and make them part our assessment”, he noted.
He further urged researchers to involve MPs the next time they wish to conduct such researches to be able to achieve accurate results.
“I will not want anybody to say that, MPs and the Speaker don’t want them to be assessed. But assessment should include the methodology and areas for assessment. If they don’t get the subject areas for assessment right, then you cannot assess the person [without pointing] out what he or she is supposed to do. I will therefore invite that our doors are opened to all those who want to carry out such exercises. This is not a matter that is supposed to be done in secrecy. It must be done openly.”
The research was conducted by Mr. Kaakyira Frempong and Dr. Isaac Owusu Mensah, both of the University of Ghana Political Science Department, in collaboration with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
The research, which was purposed to find out the performance of MPs in their various constituencies aside their duties in parliament, noted that only 95 of the 275 MPs stand the chance of retaining their seats.
The research, which was conducted under the theme, “Assessment of 275 Members of Parliament – Perspective from the Constituencies” captures that, only one (1) MP got 90% rating while majority of them got between 30-39%.
Furthermore more, the stated that Members of Parliament from the opposition National Democratic Congress, were performing better than those of the ruling New Patriotic Party
Story by: Stella Dziedzorm|universnewsroom.com