Members of Parliament of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) are said to be performing better than their counterparts from the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), a research from the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana has indicated.
Some 27,500 respondents nationwide who were sampled for a search stressed that the current NDC MPs were outperforming those of the NPP in terms of their duties and performance at their various constituencies.
The questions which covered projects executed by MPs, their relationships with constituents, fulfillment of their campaign promises, as well as their availability and presence in their constituencies placed the minority MPs first.
The findings were from a research conducted by the Political Science Department in collaboration with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
The researchers, Dr. Isaac Owusu Mensah and Mr. Kaakyira Frempong of the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana said that they expected MPs from the NPP to do better because of the advantage they have of being in government.
However, it turned out to be that, NDC members were doing well, not only in their normal duties, but also communicating government decisions and policies to their people.
The report again, mentioned a huge decline in support for the ruling NPP in three regions where it has the largest of its seats.
These regions include the Ashanti, Eastern and Greater Accra.
For instance, only 45% of the 44 parliamentary seats of the NPP in the Ashanti region will be retained in 2020 while 47% of the seats according to the respondents will be lost.
Speaking on the issue, Member of Parliament for Banda Constituency and Minority First Deputy Whip, Hon. Ahmed Ibrahim, noted that, he “will not just be selfish and keep the findings of the report to himself alone” rather, they will “sit down all MPs together with the researchers to see the way forward in order to address the numerous problems MPs are facing”.
He added that, “the report should not be treated as a normal academic work” because if done so, “…the nation will not benefit, the department will not benefit, even the researchers will not benefit” so “…we must utilize it well”
The research finally made a recommendation to these MPs and all the others to increase their presence in their constituencies and also increase their level of communication to enhance their chance of being part of the eighth parliament which is yet to come.
Story by: Daniel Osei Wereko|universnewsroom.com