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03.10.2019 General News

56% 1st Timers In Parliament Is Very Dangerous – Majority Leader

By Richard Obeng Bediako
Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu
LISTEN OCT 3, 2019
Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu

The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has expressed worry over the rate at which long-serving members of parliament have lost their parliamentary primaries in both NDC and NPP.

He revealed that the Parliament House is made up of 56% of first time MPs which he says is dangerous for the house.

Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu noted that this trend has become a very worrying challenge facing the house which he says has reduced the quality of debate the house will have on issues.

The Minister who also doubles as the MP for Suame was speaking at the Meet the Press series of the Ministry of Information in Accra.

The legislator stressed that building the capacity of members of Parliament is a huge task indicating that changing long-serving MPs with first-timers make it disastrous for the House.

Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu believes it is high time long-serving MPs who add more knowledge to the debate of the house are supported to maintain their seats.

The Minister also accused various political parties of being cause of the increasing monetization of politics and corruption being witnessed during various elections.

Parliament has hinted it would offer support to sitting MPs on both the tickets of the NDC and NPP in their parliamentary primaries.

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