MINORITY Members of Parliament from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have boycotted the vetting of ministers nominated by President John Dramani Mahama. The deputy Speaker of Parliament and Chairman of the Appointment Committee, Ebo Barton Oduro, announced before the vetting process began on Thursday that the Minority Leader, Hon. Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu had informed him of their decision not to be part of the process.
THE Minority in Parliament and NPP members on the Appointment Committee decided not to participate in the exercise stating that the December 7 presidential election in which President Mahama emerged winner is being challenged at the Supreme Court. The Minority have signaled their intention of further boycotts as a means of protesting the outcome of the December 2012 polls.

THIS decision which has not gone down well with many Ghanaians has attracted widespread condemnations and criticisms with many urging the NPP to rescind its decision. Others have argued that it is not the best mode of addressing the case which is pending before the Supreme Court of Ghana.

DR. Kwesi Jonah of the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, Legon, described the NPP?s boycott decision as ?dangerous and imbalance.? ?This decision is one that should be considered very carefully, it has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not you have complaints against the 2012 elections,? he advised.

HE believes the NPP MPs have a primary responsibility of performing the duties for which the people voted for them. ?Let us not forget elected as Members of Parliament their primary responsibility is to those people who elected them; who voted for them. You represent the people, you don?t represent a party and the people are not necessarily those living in that constituency who are members of your party.?

PRO-NPP pressure Group, the Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG,) has also criticised the Minority on the move and also called on them to return to the vetting room. The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) have also done same, however, the views as expressed by these groups have fallen on deaf ears with the opposition NPP bent on continuing with the boycott.

THEY contend that it is part of the process of reminding Ghanaians that the NPP is still contesting the legitimacy of the president. The opposition hopes the non-violent protest is also a reminder to the Supreme Courts to consider their plea with tact and speed.

INASMUCH as we share the concerns of the NPP, and commend them for resorting to the law courts other than taking to arms, we also share the opinions of individuals and groups that have called on the NPP to return to the vetting room. We must say emphatically that the one-sided vetting committee has so far failed to convince Ghanaians that they can query nominees to bring out the best in them.

WHAT they have done so far is to pose rehearsed questions to nominees with the anticipation that nominees would address negative perceptions concerning them. Though others do well by seeking to know the competence of nominees, they always fall short of asking hard and probing questions that need reflections.

LIKE the political science lecturer commented, the NPP needs to recognise that they are serving constituents which composition transcends party affiliation, and hence need to be present even as the Supreme Court hears their plea.


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