Some parliamentarians have described as inaccurate, a survey conducted by policy think tank Center for Democratic Development(CDD), which revealed majority of Ghanaians hardly come into contact with their MPs and other political leaders.
The CDD survey was conducted in 40 districts across the country and showed 87 percent of Ghanaians have never contacted their MPs on key developmental issues that bother them.
89 percent of respondents have also never contacted any government official, and 68 percent have never contacted local assembly officials on their problems.
Research Officer at CDD Ghana, Robert Pwazaga says such interactions are crucial to ensuring development. According to him, arming the populace with adequate information is necessary to ensure improved public service.
But MP for Adansi Asokwa K. T. Hammond says several MPs who represent far off constituencies operate from Accra as parliamentary work requires. He defended his colleagues saying some MPs drive from their constituencies every morning to parliament.
He reduced the survey to what he calls the ‘crucial issue’ – the ‘ability to physically meet needs’ of constituents. This he says was more important than the number of times an MP contacts people within a constituency.
Keta MP Richard Quarshigah also backed his colleague saying the survey does not reflect the situation on the ground. He spends the week-ends in the constituency and he will be spending the parliamentary recess in his constituency, he stated.
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