Obiri Boahen suggests term limits for MPs

Nana Obiri Boahen, the Deputy General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party(NPP) has suggested that term limits must be set for Members of Parliament(MPs).

According to him, “laws must be made to enable Members of Parliament to serve for a particular term due to the large number of people who seek to contest parliamentary primaries after every four years.

“We need as a nation, we must agree that we must have a limit for the members of parliament because it will help us all, if the president is being told after two terms he cannot contest why can’t we also set a limit for the MPs,” Nana Boahen stressed.

His comments emanates from the vetting exercise of the NPP marred with uncontrolled anger following the disqualification of 15 aspirants from the Eastern Region which processes commenced on March 4 and March 7, 2020, saw 79 aspirants make an appearance before the vetting committee out of which were disqualified.

However, Nana Boahen revealed that the disqualification of Philip Addison, who is aspiring to contest the Akuapem North constituency parliamentary seat on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and which sharply brought division among the vetting committee would be reviewed by the leadership of the party.

However, Nana Boahene, who led the Eastern Regional NPP executives to conduct the vetting exercise, indicated that majority of members who were for Mr Addison’s disqualification won the day but decision of the Eastern Regional Vetting Committee does not bring finality to the exercise.

“In NPP, once you have completed with vetting exercise, you have to send your report to national executives for them to approve it in its entirety or amend it, once our report has not been brought to Accra for them to approve, decision of vetting committee is provisional.

“When they approve it, the Director of Elections will issue a press release announcing all those who have been approved to contest the primaries, if you are a candidate and your name does not appear in the release, you have opportunity to appeal against decision of vetting committee,” Nana Boahen pointed out.

Giving details about why Mr Addison was disqualified, he intimated that some members who were for his disqualification stated that he had not nurtured the party at the constituency level well despite admitting his contributions at the national level.

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