Members of Parliament continue to express displeasure at the University of Ghana research that cast a damning judgment on their performance and the latest to share his view is member for Bantama Constituency, Daniel Okyem Aboagye.
He argued any research into the work of MPs should precede education on the actual work that MPs do.
According to him, majority of constituents hardly know the work of Parliament, so blanket questioning whether they are satisfied with the work of their MP would no doubt elicit negative responses.
Daniel Aboagye who spoke to www.ghanacrusader.com, argued that for a research to be acceptable it should contain item by item discussion of the work of MPs.
He said, “For instance, does the member contribute to enacting laws? Does he always attend Parliament? Does he attend committee meetings; does he visit his constituency and fulfill his oversight responsibilities etc?”
“These are the responsibilities of members and therefore researchers should frame their questionnaires to reflect the actual duties of MPs, then we will have a fair result.”
He argued to use what constituents believe their representative should do for them as foundation for a research would no doubt be condemned by Members of Parliament.
He urged the University to next time define the scope of the research and argued the scope used for measuring the MPs in the current research is limited.
Hon. Daniel Agboagye warned it would be imperative for those conducting research into Parliament to consider the other perspective of their work, especially where the results do not reflect the reality.
According to him, this tends to hurt the legislature more than imagined as experienced members of the House, based on these researches, lose their seats.
He lamented the turnover in Parliament is weakening the institution because every four years about 50 percent of experienced MPs lose their seats to new faces.
This, he said, does not augur well for Parliamentary work of enacting laws and oversight responsibilities, saying what Ghana needs “to succeed is stability in Parliament and in government.”