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It makes sense to put a limit on number of parliamentarians – Prof Gyampo


A senior lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo, has advised that a limit be placed on the number of legislators.

His comments come in the wake of the increase in the number of parliamentarians. Ghana’s Parliament began with 140 members then it increased to 200 legislators, then to the current 275 MPs.

According to him, if a limit is not placed on the number of parliamentarians, Ghana should be prepared to build a stadium to meet the rising numbers.

“It does make sense, otherwise one day we will have to construct a stadium where members of Parliament will operate,” he said.

Speaking on JoyNews’ Newsfile on Saturday, he stressed that the number of MPs could easily be reduced if some constituencies are merged.

“We have to re-align constituencies and put some together, so that we can even reduce the numbers,” he suggested.

The Political Science lecturer expressed disappointment in the legislature saying “parliament has not lived up to expectation.

He said, “Over the week, I gave an assessment of Parliament and I felt that if you asked me to score them, I will give them 3 over 10 and some people came for remarking, so I increased it to three and a half over 10.”

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