General News of Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has been named in a list of 50 “worst performing MPs” of the 6th parliament.
The list was compiled by Odekro, a transparency organisation with focus on proceedings in parliament, also featured Adwoa Safo, the member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya in Accra.
The MP for Old Tafo, Anthony Akoto Osei was adjudged the overall best MP with a total score of 94.12%.
Other high performers were: James Klutse Avedzi 93.39%; Joseph Yieleh Chirech 92.21%; Papa Owusu-Ankomah 92.17%; and Alexander Afenyo-Markin 91.03% followed in that order.
The worst performer in the sixth parliament was Evans Paul Aidoo who scored 11.50%.
Other poor performers were: Queenstar Pokua Sawyerr 16.98%; Dr. Nii Oakley Quaye-Kumah 17.09%; Ken Ohene Agyapong 18.29%; Dr. Mustapha Ahmed 18.60%.
Odekro determined that 19 Members of Parliament never spoke on the floor throughout their four years in the lawmaking Chamber.
They are made up of 16 MPs of the National Democratic Congress (who were then the Majority) and three (3) MPs of the New Patriotic Party.
It said only 52 MPs or 18.9% of the 275 MPs contributed amendments to the over 81 bills which were approved by Parliament. Of the 79 Bills passed, 31 Bills or 43.3% were “tax bills”, introduced to impose or revise (mostly increase) taxes, customs duties and levies. The report further noted that 255 out of 275 (92.7%) of MPs made at least 1 contribution to debates during their 4-year tenure in office.
Odekro said 73 MPs were absent without permission, a clear violation of article 97(1)(c) of the constitution.
It said 19 MPs did not make a single statement in four years in Parliament.
The organisation said NPP MPs made an average of 199 statements over the four-year period, while NDC MPs made 166 statements.