Chief Director at the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Evans Aggrey Darko says government’s decision to construct constituency offices worth over GH₵ 178 million for all its 275 Parliamentarians is a step in the right direction.
In so doing, he says Parliamentarians will be brought closer to their constituents and constituencies to ensure effective and quality representation on the floor of Parliament.
Speaking to JoyNews’ Evans Mensah, the Director explained that politics is “local and people-centered” and one way of ensuring that every constituent is in sync and can interface with their MP is by bringing both parties together to leverage their knowledge.
“By enhancing the quality of representation, one of the critical things that you need to do is to provide them with an address, a place where people can effectively interface.
“The people will see the MP as also helping them access other public bureaucracies within the system. So when you give them such an opportunity, trust me, that is where you see their real value,” he said.
Mr Darko was also optimistic that, bringing leaders and their constituents together will set a standard whereby legislators can be accessed on the “quality of delivery” at the end of their tenure based on information available to them.