Member of Parliament for Asawase, in the Ashanti Region, Muntaka Mubarak has called for a reduction in the number of constituencies and elected legislators in Parliament to 200 instead of the current 275, ABC News can report.
The Minority Chief Whip argues that the number of legislators should be reduced by 75 in order to ensure efficiency and curb the persistent absenteeism that has characterized the activities of parliament and also keep the Members of Parliament on their toes.
Speaking on Kumasi-based Luv FM, the NDC MP explained that “Some of our MPs are not doing the work they were elected to do. Sometimes you have people just walk in and walk out; some don’t pay attention to the details when it comes, simply because their attention is somewhere.”
Hon. Muntaka is, therefore, advocating that the extra 75 seats should be reserved for certain people based on their exposure and expertise.
He holds the view that such persons, when appointed to occupy those seats, would be more beneficial compared to the current status quo. He, therefore, cited minority groups, the disabled, the military, police, among others, as the calibre of persons who can be appointed to occupy those seats.
Citing countries practicing this system to buttress his assertion, he indicated that “In Uganda, they have seats for the women, seats for the youth, physically-challenged, the military and other relevant minority groups because these groups may naturally not be able to win a seat.”
“Why can’t we also do that? I want to believe when we do this, it will help our democracy?” he quizzed.
“If I had my way, I would have said that let us reduce the constituencies to 200 and the other 75 we leave it for the political parties based on the results that we get from the election. Then we have a strict criterion, for example, minimum education will be a degree, experience of not less than 15 years, etc so that a certain caliber of people from the political parties can be decided on. Then these people become the third component or better still use it for affirmative action,” the Minority Chief whip explained.