The leadership of Parliament has called on the general public to stop pressurising their Members of Parliament for socio-economic development in their constituencies since it is not part of their legislative functions.
Speaking at a ‘Parliamentary Constituency Forum’ at Asante-Bekwai, in the Ashanti Region, the Majority Leader in Parliament Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu said the level of ‘ignorance’ about the core functions of parliamentarians amongst the average Ghanaian was worrying.
“In most cases, Members of Parliament (MPs) have been unnecessarily misunderstood and attacked for not championing the cause of socio-economic development in their constituencies.”
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“The august house has over the years lost some very experienced and knowledgeable personalities as their constituents agitate for their removal for not spearheading the development of their areas. This is unfortunate,” he added.
He added that parliamentarians would continue to build consensus on issues that affected the interest of the people.
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This is a major reason why Parliament in partnership with the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) to promote public understanding of the duties and responsibilities of parliamentarians.
The programme had in attendance the majority and minority leadership, traditional authorities, civil society organizations, and a cross-section of the public.