In order to reap enormous benefits from Members of Parliament, Speaker of the House, Alban Bagbin has urged Ghanaian voters to help deal with the high attrition rate in parliament by maintaining their legislators for a considerable period of time.
Speaker Bagbin says it is imperative for voters to maintain their MPs in order to gain adequate experience in the operations of the House rather than voting in new members every four years.
Hon. Alban Bagbin, who was speaking at this year’s Commonweath Parlimantary Association Workshop noted that many constituencies in the country lack development because of the frequent changes in their representation in the House.
He said the House “plays by sizes” hence it is important for MPs to be maintained for sometime in order to build on their experiences and connections in order to put them in a better position to lobby for development into their respective constituencies.
He therefore urged Ghanaians to eschew the habit of “changing their Members of Parliament like shirts” and still expect development in the constituencies.
“In this game, monkeys play by sizes. It is good and proper to allow elected Members of Parliament to mature in Parliament. You can’t keep changing your members of Parliament like shirts and expect to reap good dividends. You must give them the time to grow to be able to produce the dividends that you want,” Speaker Bagbin justified.
The workshop was organized under the theme “Effective Parliamentary Scrutiny, Gender Sensitivity and Complexity.”