The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Majority leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has posited that the standards of the Parliament of Ghana has fallen and will keep falling if we fail to elected skilled persons.
The longest serving parliamentarian said comparing the standards today to the past has shown that, we have a worrying situation which is contributing to the fallen standards.
In attributing the factors to the fallen standards he said, the constitution does not propose proper educational background for people seeking to be parliamentarians.
According to him, some MPs of today, are unable to express themselves well in the English language, a situation he lamented affects the work of the house since the means of communication in the house is English.
Parliamentarians he noted must be skilled persons, intelligent, highly educated and proficient in the English language but we are lacking these qualities and all is as a result of the constitution.
The legislator underscored the need for the state to reconsider the quality of persons elected as MPs.
He also blamed political parties for also contributing to the problem because they lack the courage to elect competent persons at their internal primaries to represent them at the national level because of monecracy.
This he said is worrying because some of the candidates use money to buy votes of delegates in order for them to get elected.
Political parties he stressed must do their best to elect people with enough skills, knowledge and competence so they will be able to help the house to work efficiently and effectively.
We have to do this because failure to do so, will lead to dire consequences for the house.
“Parliament is the main force behind our democracy. We must safeguard our democracy, we must elect people who will help parliament progress and not retrogress.”