Aftermath of parliamentary primaries Loss of 25 NPP MPs will affect Parliament

Twenty-five sitting MPs including Dr. Richard Anane, Dr. Afriyie Akoto, Joe Appiah, Esther Obeng Dapaah and W.O Boafo lost their bids to contest in their respective constituencies.

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The Executive Director of the African Center for Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Rasheed Dramani, says the experienced New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament (MPs) who lost their bid to contest for the 2016 parliamentary elections on the ticket of the party will worsen the already weakened legislature.

The NPP voted on Saturday, June 13, 2015 to elect parliamentary candidates in 245 constituencies for the 2016 elections. Twenty-five sitting MPs including Dr. Richard Anane, Dr. Afriyie Akoto, Joe Appiah, Esther Obeng Dapaah and W.O Boafo lost their bids to contest in their respective constituencies.

Speaking on Citi News, Dr. Dramani indicated that the situation will affect the effectiveness of Ghana’s parliament. According to him, although change is necessary, the number of experienced MPs who lost is disturbing.

“We’ve been complaining about the fact that there is no critical mass of very qualified legislators in our Parliament…I know sometimes we need change, we need some fresh blood and fresh ideas but to see all these heavy weights lose, it’s sad.

“Just like the issue of the Minority leader when it came up – yes, the party cannot legislate some of these things but they can begin to think about having some internal processes to ensure that some experiences are preserved within Parliament – you can’t just leave it open like this.

“I don’t know what was going on in the minds of people in the NPP but I think this is not good news,” he remarked.

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