Ghanaians prefer MPs with tertiary education—Report

A new report by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) shows that majority of Ghanaian voters want Members of Parliament (MPs) who have tertiary education.
According to the voters, the education level of their parliamentarians was of great priority to them.

The report was based on a survey conducted by the IEA between November and December 2015 across all 10 regions of the country.

83.7 per cent of respondents said the education level of their MPs was most important to them.

The 1992 Constitution is loudly silent on the level of education one must attain before contesting to be a Member of Parliament.

In recent years, many have had cause to worry about the kind of arguments and submissions made by some Members of Parliament (MPs) on the floor of the House.

It is believed that the lack of confidence to express one’s self on the floor of Parliament and the lack of understanding of issues discussed has caused some MPs to remain silent throughout debates.

Some have said that the lack of tertiary education by some MPs is affecting the work of the House.

Director of Advocacy and Programmes at the IEA, Dr. Frankie Asare Donkor, in an interview with Citi News in Accra said majority of Ghanaians are worried their MPs do not speak in Parliament.

A report by a civil society organisation focused on activities of the legislature, Odekro, identified 19 members of Parliament who had not made any comment on the floor of the house throughout the 4-year sitting of the 6th Parliament.

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