Construction of new parliament; MP says democracy is never cheap

Construction of new parliament; MP says democracy is never cheap

Member of Parliament for Bantama constituency, Daniel Okyem Aboagye, has stepped up a defence in the face of mounting opposition to Parliament’s plans for a new 450-seater chamber.

Explaining the upping of seats by 175 more, he said it is a step in the right direction because the current 275 seats were unfairly distributed.

He said it is not a fair representation for an MP to enter parliament with a constituency of some 5,000 voters while another comes in with over 100,000 voters.

Speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Wednesday, July 3 after listening to an opposition MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa call the plan needless, he said “Democracy is never cheap”.

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He stressed that despite the varying numbers across the various constituencies, the disbursement of the common fund is done equally across constituencies without any consideration for the size of the population.

Okyem Aboagye added that since it would be difficult to merge constituencies, breaking up larger ones would eventually require the creation of more seats, he argued.

North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto observed the plan will only balloon government bureaucracy.

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He called for a cap on Parliamentary seats and put his preference at 200 parliamentarians.

He however expressed doubts on the involvement of MPs in the decision to construct a new chamber.

He said he was not consulted and is yet to see the design outdoored by the Speaker of Parliament.

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