Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale Central, Inusah Fuseini, has suggested that there should be a standard set in the requirements needed for anyone to get into Ghana’s parliament.
According to the NDC MP, the lack of qualification criteria for aspiring parliamentarians in their parties produces half-baked and clueless Members of Parliament who in most instances are not relevant to the house.
“Because there are no criteria for contesting elections, we are unable to insist on quality in the selection process, anybody who has money to buy a form and is otherwise 18 years, and is qualified by the terms of the constitution goes to buy a form at a political party office and wants to contest elections. Never mind that they will be unable to represent the people and contribute to shaping national discourse,” he told the ghanareport.com in an interview.
“Because there are no criteria, everybody just comes in, the only qualification criteria now is how much you can pay delegates and that is introducing corruption into the selection process. But you see, if you want to properly represent your people, you should at least, have some appreciable educational background,” he added.
Inusah Fusieni lamented over the inability of some MPs to contribute in parliament because they have a poor educational background.
Blaming the 1992 Constitution for the lapses experienced in the country’s parliament, the former Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, advocated that an MP should at least have a West African Secondary School Examination Certificate (WASSCE).
His stance was supported by the Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, who stated that basic academic qualification as a criterion for entering parliament was jettisoned by framers of the 1992 Constitution.