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Politics of Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Source: Charles Addo

Parliamentary expert cautions new MPs

An expert in parliamentary affairs is warning outspoken young politicians elected as Members of Parliament they will be embarrassed if they exhibit arrogance and disrespect on the floor of parliament.

According to Mr. Korshie Kedem, the new MPs must commit themselves and learn fast.

Speaking on Joy Fm Tuesday, on the just ended parliamentary election, which has seen the exit of veteran MPs including John Tia Akologo who has been an MP since 1992, Deputy Minority Leader, Ambrose Derry, Moses Asaga and Prof. Ameyaw Akumfi.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC), which won the presidential elections, has a comfortable majority of 151 MPs whereas the NPP has 120.

This is followed by the People’s National Convention (PNC) with just a single seat, as well as three independent candidates.

Out of the 275 parliamentarians, just 28 are females. The figure is more than the last parliament, which had just 19 female MPs.

The CPP has lost all of its seats whilst the PNC also maintained one of the two constituencies it occupied.

The next parliament will welcome new faces like Baba Jamal of Akwatia, NPP’s Ursula Owusu for Ablekuma West, Samuel Akudzeto Ablakwa who won the North Tongu, Fiifi Kwetey for Ketu South, Hannah Bisiew of Tano North and Queenstar Pokua Sawyer showed up in the Agona East are among the new faces in next parliament.