Let’s limit number of Parliamentarians – Prof. Bondzi-Simpson

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Professor Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson, the Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Monday, advocated legislation to cap the number of representatives in the Legislature and formula to ensure regional balance in the House, to reflect the population of an area.

Members of Parliament, he said, should also not be appointed as Ministers of State to afford them sufficient time to work on international agreements and the numerous bills presented to the House for passage and to execute their responsibilities as required by the State and their constituents.

Addressing the maiden Constitution Day Public Lecture, the legal luminary said the qualifications and quality of human resource presented by political parties as parliamentary candidates must be seriously scrutinized so that the individuals elected would be up to the task and not become a waste to the public purse.

The Lecture, under the topic: “Constitutionalism in Ghana’s Fourth Republic: Towards Functional Performance”, was attended by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, as the special guest of honour, Prof Aaron Mike Oquaye, Speaker of Parliament, Ministers of State, Parliamentarians, chief executives of public institutions, representatives from civil society organisations and academia, and the public.

Prof. Bondzi-Simpson also said the mandate and membership of the Council of State must be reviewed to be more answerable to the people.

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It should not remain as a mere advisory body to the President, which the public would not be privy to the admonitions offered, if the Council would not be abolished

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