Stop inciting electorates against MPs – Speaker to UG pollsters

Stop inciting electorates against MPs – Speaker to UG pollsters

The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye, has clapped back at the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana after they released a poll ranking performance of Members of Parliament.

According to the Speaker, the poll was seeking to incite electorates against lawmakers.

The poll published on Monday, June 10, 2019, stated over 186 MPs were likely to lose their seats. The Survey had 42.6% of the respondents ready to retain their lawmakers with 7.9% of the respondents still undecided.

Commenting on the matter in parliament Prof. Mike Oquaye accused the pollsters of inciting the electorates against Members of Parliament which is likely to affect quality and performance of MPs in discharging their constitutional mandate.

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“Let’s be careful not to delight in MP bashing…I want to say authoritatively that these honourable members who have been in this House this term, have passed more bills than any other parliament in the history of this country, it is a verifiable fact,” he said.

The Speaker added that MPs are not voted into office to construct roads adding that it is wrong to judge MPs on the construction of roads in their constituencies.

He urged the pollsters to assess MPs based on their work at their various committees in Parliament rather than assessing them on the construction of roads which is not their constitutional mandate.

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Also, a majority of the respondents representing 46.7% did not want their incumbent MPs to contest in the 2020 general elections while 42.4% wanted their MPs to contest with 10.9% still undecided on whether their MPs should contest or not.

In two regions 50% or more would vote for the incumbents: Volta (56.4%) & Oti (50.0%), the report said.

In nine others 40% or more would vote for the incumbents: Savannah (48.7%), Ashanti (45.7%), Bono East (45.7%), Ahafo (45.5%), Northern (45.3%), Western North (45.2%), Upper West (42.7%), Eastern (41.7%) & Central (40.7%)

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