Politics of Saturday, 19 July 2014

Source: citifmonline

Ensure MPs stay in Parliament longer – Osei Prempeh

A former Deputy Attorney General under the erstwhile Kufuor Administration, Kwame Osei Prempeh, has advised various political parties to draw up a plan that will ensure that their respective Members of Parliament (MPs) are retained for an extended period.

Mr. Prempeh believes MPs will gain more experience if they are made to serve longer in Parliament.

“They [MPs] only get experience and then they are thrown out so let us retain our MPs…, let us devise means whereby MPs can stay in Parliament,” Mr. Prempeh opined.

Speaking to Citi News, Mr. Prempeh said the rate of alteration in Ghana’s Parliament is too high.

According to him, MPs in United Kingdom, Germany and the United States are more experienced due to their decision to retain their MPs in Parliament.

“Parliamentarians in UK, Germany, USA; are able to stay in Parliament for forty years, and they become very experienced, but our Parliament is not like that. You go to Parliament and after every four years almost half of the experienced members go away. What are we building?” Mr. Prempeh quizzed.

Mr. Prempeh further attributed the country’s problems to Ghana’s refusal to institutionalize its Parliamentary democracy.

“We are not institutionalizing democracy in terms of Parliamentary democracy and that is where the problem is coming from…”