The upsetting practice of absenteeism by some Ghanaian Parliamentarians has drawn reactions from first Deputy Speaker Of Parliament, Mr. Joseph Osei-Owusu who believes such MPs are not worthy of their place in Ghana’s house of legislature.
He believes the culture of absenteeism has been detrimental to parliamentary and the time has come for MPs to justify their value to the Ghanaian democratic process.
The irritated deputy Speaker, bemoaned the culture of vote-stealing in parliament, where MP’s who were not present in certain deliberations in parliament ended up with their names in the records and tallies indicating that they were present during proceedings.
He likened that practise to theft, suggesting that such notoriety defaced the prestige of Ghana’s parliament and contended against the good image of the Ghana’s house of legislature.
Mr Osei-Owusu, who stopped short of naming and shaming some MPs, said some legislators were not in Parliament on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, but their names had been captured in the Votes and Proceedings as being present on that day.
He insisted that practice, which has been overly embraced by some MPs,is marring the integrity and credibility of Parliament and should cease.