Send wise people to Parliament-Majority Leader urges public

The Majority Leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Hon Osei Kyei- Mensah-Bonsu has urged the public to consciously vote for wise and knowledgeable people to Parliament.

This, he noted will spare the respective member the anguish of struggling to find his or her feet in the House of Representatives.

Addressing residents of Bekwai during the outreach program by the Public Affairs Department aimed at deepening citizens understanding of the legislature, Hon Mensah-Bonsu said ‘parliamentary work requires deep knowledge to understand’.

According to him, it takes the wise to understand the rules at a faster rate than the ordinary since the rules, order of roles and parliamentary language is too complex for the naive or the uninformed to grasp.

Giving more details to the public, the Majority leader noted parliamentary work is mainly on committee basis.

This, he observed required that members who belong to each of the committees are well versed in the field they belong to.

He therefore called on the public to take time to sieve through people who come up to seek their mandate to become Members of Parliament.

According to him, not everyone who has money or command respect in the society can do well in parliament, adding only wise people can make impact in Parliament.

Hon Muntaka Mohammed Mubarak, Minority Chief Whip in Parliament and MP for Asawasi addressing the audience implored them to be careful who they vote to represent them in Parliament.

According to him, one becomes more experienced in parliamentary matters when he is given the opportunity to represent his people for a considerable period of time in parliament.

Using the United States of America (USA) as an example, Hon Muntaka said the least served term by a congressman is 25years and urged the public to give MPs time to settle in Parliament.

He commended the people of Asawasi for reposing confidence in him for the past 16years, a privilege he indicated has stood him in good stead to know the rules and regulations in Parliamentary business.


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