The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin thinks ex-gratia is little as compared to the losses MPs make before they are elected into parliament.
He said this when he was delivering a public lecture today at the University for Professional Studies.
He stated that ex-gratia is not a huge amount of money as we think. He said members of parliament do not benefit from ex-gratia because the money they spend before an MP is elected into parliament is bigger than ex-gratia.
“We are having these problems because there is some perception that ex-gratia is some huge money. You know that as MPs you don’t benefit from that ex-gratia, you don’t, because the money you spent to be elected to Parliament is thrice or four times what they give you as ex-gratia. No MP leaves Parliament better than the MP enters Parliament". He said.
He believes that MPs spend a lot on voters before winning elections and if he/she did not win then they have lost whatever they have invested and are left with nothing.
“Once an MP is elected, he must win the next election and so they sacrifice everything to satisfy the voters in the constituency so that they could win again. So at the end of the day when they lose the election, they have lost everything, they have invested everything in the election and they now have nothing,” he added.
I don't think what the speaker said is appropriate.
What happens if people enter into business and lost all their investment? Do they have to go for ex-gratia as compensation?
So MPs shouldn't distribute their losses to the state and claim ex-gratia.
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