An online Poll instituted over the weekend by award winning Ghanaian journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni shows that a growing number of Ghanaians are losing confidence in Ghana’s Parliament.
The Poll which ran for 24 hours on social media platform Facebook asked respondents to vote on whether the law-making body is useful or not. Manasseh’s question was as follows:
Is Parliament useful in its contributions to our democracy and development as a nation or it is a useless institution which has failed in its role as a check on the Executive arm of government?
In all, 3609 Facebook users participated in the Poll. While 22% (795) of the respondents think Ghana’s Parliament is useful, majority of the respondents – 78% (2814) think Ghana’s Parliament has been useless in its oversight responsibilities over the Executive arm of government.
The integrity of Ghana’s Parliament has been an issue of media attention lately after popular politician and maverick MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong was summoned before the Privileges Committee for referring to the Parliament of Ghana as “useless and cheap”. The MP is currently being considered for suspension from Parliament.
Other well-meaning Ghanaians have also had cause to question the usefulness of Ghana’s Parliament in the past. In 2016, Constitutional law expert, Prof Henry Kwesi Prempeh noted, “we don’t have a Parliament; we have two Branches of the Executive, one proposing laws and taxes and loans; the other dutifully approving them”.
Does the result from Manasseh’s Polls reflect the general perception of Ghanaians about the Parliament of Ghana? Please use the comment section below and let us hear your views.
Manasseh Azure Awuni was adjudged Ghana’s Journalist of the Year in 2011 and in 2012, he also received the National Youth Achievers Award for Media Excellence. Manasseh has over 100,000 followers on Facebook.