Concerned Voters Movement advocate Constitutional Amendment for MPs

Accra – The Leadership of the Concerned Voters Movement (CVM) is calling for the amendment of Article 97 of the 1992 Constitution to limit the tenure of Members of Parliament (MP’s) to only Three Terms; 4years per term.

The leadership was convinced that 12 years in Parliament was more than enough to impact knowledge and experience of Parliamentary proceedings to the new entrants, who will succeed the old ones.

A statement signed by Mr Razak Kojo Opoku, Founder and President of the CVM and copied to the media at the weekend said: ” We in the CVM believes that this will also help to create the platform for other persons to represent their people in Parliament.”

The statement said, the three terms policy for MPs would help to reduce the power struggles within political parties during primaries.

According to the CVM, the policy will compel MPs to make wise decisions in the interest of the Public.

It said the approach would also help to eliminate the ‘Mugabes’ from Parliament, saying, “some persons have been in Parliament for more than 12 years, yet they are unable to lobby for meaningful developmental projects for their Constituencies.”

The statement said, some MPs have been in Parliament during the times of former Presidents JerryJohn Rawlings, John Agyekum Kuffuor, John Evans Atta Mills, John Dramani Mahama and currently President Akufo-Addo, yet their Constituencies still have Worst Road networks and Healthcare facilities, No potable drinking water, School under trees, No furniture and learning materials in Schools, High unemployment rate and no basic social amenities.

It said some of those MPs were advocating 450-Seater Chamber ‘Pot’ at the cost of 200million dollars.

“All Members of Parliament who have been in Parliament since 1996 or 2000 should be voted out completely in the 2020 general elections. They have been there for more than enough and they are not the wisest persons in their Constituencies”.

Source: Ghana News Agency