Andrew Mercer is the most outstanding first-term MP – The Ghana Report
Lawyer Andrew Egyapa Mercer, the Member of Parliament for Sekondi, has been adjudged as Ghana’s most excelled first-term legislator on the floor of parliament. The NPP MP for Sekondi, topped the list of the first-term most vocal MPs with 108 contributions.
The Vice Chairperson for the Communications Committee of Parliament, has proven to represent his constituents well with this remarkable feat, which many have alluded to. Several of his constituents who have been reacting to this research described it as a testament of the commitment he has shown in representing them well at all levels.
Hon Mercer’s feat is as a result of a research work conducted by the Ghana Report whose political desk pored through 125 official reports of proceedings in Parliament in 2019 to arrive at this conclusion.
On national media, Hon Mercer is seen and heard on several media platforms every week representing his party on those platforms and explaining the government’s policies and actions to the public. Several people have, in the past, wondered whether he is able to perform his Parliamentary duties well, since he is almost all the time in the media.
The NDC Western Region Communications Officer, Richard Kirk-Mensah, an ardent critic of the MP, had once described him as a “Radio MP”. He questioned why the MP is always on radio, and not in parliament. This research results therefore vindicates the MP as impressively representing his people in parliament as well as he does on radio and TV.
Hon Mercer is followed on the ranking by NDC MP for South Dayi, Dafeamekpor, K.E. Rockson-Nelson, who came in second with 102 contributions, questions and statements.
The website explained that it did not include in it’s study the contributions if the MPs at the committee level.
“Your informative website does not claim this research is an exhaustive report on the contributions of MPs, as it does not include their performance at committee levels. It is nearly impossible to track the work of MPs during committee sittings.
“The research however, tracks the number of questions, statements, and contributions made on the floor where final decisions, approvals and debates are settled,” the publication stated.
Attached is the report