About 125 Members of Parliament tagged ‘Absentee MPs’ risk losing their seats for allegedly absenting themselves for more than 15 days [limit that the Constitution allows].
According to Odekro, an advocacy platform that seeks to promote transparency, accountability and democratic governance through citizen action and engagement with relevant government agencies some 125 MPs have openly breached Article 97(1) (c) of Ghana’s Constitution.
Odekro in a letter to the Speaker of Parliament is demanding an explanation why the seats of the 125 MPs who have absented themselves for the constitutionally stipulated times have not been declared vacant.
Odekro's letter to the Ghana's Speaker of Parliament
Ghana’s Parliament has in total 275 MPs. Out of this 125 MPs, representing 45.2% have absented themselves for at least fifteen days or more between January 2013 and July 2014.
The list has the names of MPs from both the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP). Those on the list of the absentee MPs include ministers of state and deputies as well.
Odekro is therefore saying if nothing is heard from the Speaker of Parliament in 15-days, they will go to court to pray for an order to declare the seats of the 125 absentee MPs vacant.
Some of the names include MP for Dome-Kwabena Adwoa Safo, Papa Owusu Ankomah, MP for Sekondi, MP for North Tongu and Deputy Education Minister in charge of Tertiary, Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa, MP for Bekwai, Joseph Osei Wusu, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, Tamale Central MP and Minister for Roads and Highways, Foreign Affairs Minister and Awutu Senya-West MP, Hannah Tetteh, Abuakwa South MP, Samuel Atta-Kyea and Mark Wayongo, Navrongo Central MP and Interior Minister among others.