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Service Duration and Age of MPs

(2012-2016)

Service Duration in Parliament

Almost half (48.73 per cent) of the MPs were first timers. The Northern Region has the highest number of first time MPs with its 17 (54.84 per cent) of its 31 MPs in that category. The Upper West Region has 6 (54.55 per cent) of its 11 MPs as first timers, whilst the Volta Region has 14 out of its 26MPs (53.85 per cent) of the MPs as first timers. The Western Region has the least number of first timers, with only 10 out of its 26 MPs (38.47 per cent) in that category.

A total of 64 (23.27 per cent) were in Parliament for the second time. The Eastern Region has the highest number of second timers with 14 out of its 33 MPs in that category. The Upper West Region has no MP in his/her second term. Seven (2.55 per cent) of the MPs are serving their fifth term in Parliament. These are: Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu (Suame), Dr. Richard Winfred Anane (Nhyiaeso), Enoch Teye Mensah (Ada), Hajia Mary Salifu Boforo (Savelugu), Cletus Apul Avoka (Zebilla), Dominic Azimbe Azuma (Garu) and Gershon K.B. Gbediame (Nkwanta South)

Two MPs, Alban S.K. Bagbin (Nadowli-Kaleo) and Alhaji Seidu Amadu (Yapei-Kusawgu) have been MPs since the start of the Fourth Republic, thus in their sixth term in Parliament.

Composition of Parliament by Gender:
The Sixth Parliament is composed of 245 males and 30 females. The 30 females represent 10.9 per cent of membership of Parliament. The NDC has 14 women, whilst the NPP has 16. The regional breakdown of the women in Parliament is as follows: Greater Accra 8, Central 5, Volta 4, Ashanti 4, Eastern 3, Brong Ahafo 2, Western, Northern, Upper East and Upper West have one female each.

The 30 women in Parliament represent a quantum leap in the number of female in the legislature since independence. Indeed, in the first republic, by virtue of an affirmative action of President Nkrumah and the CPP, 10 women were elected to the 104-member Parliament. In 1965, a similar affirmative action increased the number of women in the Parliament to 19 but the

Age of MPs

A total of 42 MPs (representing 15.27 per cent) are below 40 years. Out of this number, 15 (5.45 per cent) are actually below 35 years. The other age categorization shows that 92 MPs (representing 33.45 per cent) are between 41 years and 50 years, 106 (representing 38.55 per cent) are in the 51 years to 60 years age group, whilst 34 (representing 12.36 per cent) are in the 61 years to 70 years age group. The age frequency chart shows that the MPs range from 29 years to 71 years. No. MP was born in 1943, 1944 or 1982. Fourteen MPs were born in 1957 and same number in 1958 hence 56 and 57 years old respectively and thus together making up 10.18 per cent of the MPs.

The Youngest MPs:
The two youngest MPs in the Sixth Parliament are Emmanuel Nii Okai Laryes (NDC) (Amasaman), who is 29.7 years old and Alhassan Sualihu Dandaawa (NDC) (Karaga), who entered Parliament at 29.11 years.

In the Fifth Parliament, Cassiel Ato Forson (NDC) of the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam, who entered Parliament at 31.7 years, was the youngest MP. In the fourth Parliament, Isaac Kwame Asiamah (NPP) of Atwima Mponua and Umar A. Abdul-Razak (NDC) of Tolon who were 29.1 years and 29.4 years respectively at the time they entered Parliament were the two youngest MPs.

In the Third Parliament, the four youngest MPs were: Ofosu Asamoah (MP for Kade), Felix Twumasi-Appiah (Sene), Mrs Hanna Tetteh-Kpodar (Awutu-Senya), and Mrs . Alice Teni Boon (Lambussie) who were 31.2 years, 32.4years, 33.8 years and 38.1 years old respectively as of January 7, 2001. In March 2002, Dominic Aduna Bingab Nitiwul became the youngest MP when he won a by-election to replace Dr. Nohammed Ibn Chambas (NDC) in Parliament. Nitiwul was 24.8 years when he entered Parliament. In the first Parliament (1993-1997), Yusufu Iddrisu (Yendi) and George Buadi (Amenfi West) who were 28.7 years and 29.6 years respectively when they entered Parliament on January 7, 1993 were the two youngest MPs.

The 20 Youngest MPs in the Sixth Parliament

Name

Party

Constituency

Date of Birth

Nii Okai Laryea

NDC

Amasaman

August 16, 1983

Alhassan Sualihu Dandaawa

NDC

Karaga

February 17, 1983

Ms. Sarah Adwoa Sarfo

NPP

Dome-Kwabenya

December 28, 1981

Ms. Rachel Florence Appoh

NDC

Gomoa Central

October 6, 1980

Collins Owusu-Amankwah

NPP

Manhyia North

August 21, 1980

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

NDC

North Tongu

August 11, 1980

Kwabena Mintah Akandoh

NDC

Juaboso

June 19, 1980

John Oti Kwabena Bless

NDC

Nkwanta North

October 19, 1979

Mustapha Ussif

NPP

Yagaba Kubori

August 16, 1979

James Agalga

 

Builsa North

June 10, 1979

Kennedy Nyarko Osei

NPP

Akyem Swedru

April 2, 1979

Mrs. Abena Osei-Asare

NPP

Atiwa East

January 16, 1979

Cassiel Ako Baah Forson

NDC

AEE

August 5, 1978

Alexander Kwamina Afenyo-Markin

NPP

Effutu

May 27, 1978

Dr. Kwabena Twum-Nuamah

NPP

Berekum East

January 17, 1978

Dominic Bingab Aduna Nitiwul

NPP

Bimbilla North

November 4, 1977

Frank Annoh-Dompreh

NPP

Nsawam-Adoagyiri

October 25, 1977

Emmanuel Aboagye Didieye

NDC

Afram Plains North

November 23, 1976

Kwasi Adusei

NDC

Ahafo Ano North

October 20, 1976

Sampson Ahi

NDC

Bodi

September 14, 1976

 


 

The 20 Oldest MPs in the Sixth Parliament

Name

Party

Constituency

Date of Birth

Prof. Dominic Kwaku Fobih

NPP

Assin South

July 16, 1942

Ms. Esther Obeng Dapaah

NPP

Abirem

January 18, 1945

Frank Boakye Agyen

NPP

Effiduase-Asokore

January 6, 1946

Enoch Teye Mensah

NDC

Ningo Prampram

May 17, 1946

Mark Owen Woyongo

NDC

Navrongo Central

June 9, 1946

Kwadwo Kyei-Frimpong

NPP

Bosome-Freho

August 26, 1946

William Ofori Boafo

NPP

Akuapem North

December 30, 1946

Kwabena Appiah-Pinkrah

NPP

Akrofuom

August 23, 1947

Mathias Asomaa Puozaa

NDC

Daffiama-Busie-Issa

January 10, 1948

Robert Kwasi Amoah

NPP

Achiase

October 17, 1948

Magnus Kofi Amoatey

NDC

Yilo Krobo

December 10, 1948

Ms. Elizabeth Agyeman

NPP

Oforikrom

May 13, 1949

Muhammad Mumuni

NDC

Kumbungu

July 28, 1949

Emmanuel Kwasi Bandua

NDC

Biakoye

September 11, 1949

Stephen Kunsu

NDC

Kintampo North

September 30, 1949

Anthony Osei Boakye

NPP

Atwima Nwabiagya South

October 15, 1949

Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto

NPP

Kwadaso

October 19, 1949

Dominic Azimbe Azumah

NDC

Garu

January 1, 1950

Gabriel Kodwo Essilfie

NDC

Shama

January 10, 1950

Nii Armah Ashietey

NDC

Klottey Korle

January 28, 1950

 
The Oldest MPs:
The oldest MP in the current Parliament is Prof. Dominic Kwaku Fobih (Assin South), he was 70.6 years at the inauguration of Parliament on January 7, 2013. Ms. Esther Obeng  Dapaah (Abirem) who, 10 days to her 68th birthday, comes next as the second oldest in the current Parliament.

In the Fifth Parliament, Sheikh I.C. Quaye (Ayawaso Central) was the oldest, he was 71.6 years at inauguration of Parliament on January 7, 2009. The second oldest was Emmanuel A. Owusu-Ansah (Kwabre East) who was 66.6 years.

In the Fourth Parliament (2005-2009), the oldest MPs were J.H. Mensah (Sunyani East) and Dr. Francis Osafo –Mensah who were 76.3 years and 68.3 years as at inauguration of the Fourth Parliament on January 7, 2005.

In the Third Parliament the Oldest MP was J.H Mensah (Sunyani East) who was 72.3 years old as of January 7, 2001. The other five oldest were: Daniel Yaw Mensah (Atebubu North), James Victor Gbeho (Anlo), Lt. Col. Charles Agbenaza (Ketu South), Anthony Boadi-Mensah (Obuasi) and Solomon Kwabena Sarfoh (Mampong) who were 67 years, 66 years, 65.11 years, 64.5 years and 64.5 years respectively as at January 7, 2001.

In the First Parliament, Emmanuel W. Nortey(Klottey Korley) and NDC) Kwame Gyawu-Kyem (Atwima Mponua) who were 66.7 years and 65.8 years respectively on January 7, 1993 were the two oldest MPs.

 

 


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