Mr. Speaker, I will proceed. I raised a legitimate issue of security, that is all that I did and for me, I will have to emphasise the point that it is important to ensure security of every Ghanaian, especially in voting areas like Chereponi.
Mr. Speaker, I thank Hon Haruna Iddrisu for raising this very important issue and I remember I did discuss with the late Hon Doris Seidu about the need for her constituency to be given a district status and I am happy that Hon Haruna Iddrisu raised that issue. In fact, it was through her instrumentality that indeed, her constituency is now a district and for me, the people of Chereponi will always forever honour Hon Doris Seidu for that singular, very important legacy she has left for the people of Chereponi and they will forever also, indeed, be gracious to the Party which gave birth to Hon Doris Seidu.
Obviously, the Party groomed her so well and that is the more reason why for some of us, we are not surprised that even after the election, when the Party constituted a national review committee, Hon Doris Seidu was a member and that was the last time I had the opportunity to work with her.
I was also a member of that national review committee and we worked so hard that at least, we know for sure that with all these contributions, the people of Chereponi will forever remember and
honour the late Hon Seidu by retaining NPP in that constituency - a very capable NPP person, somebody who will fit in her shoes so well.
Mr. Speaker, with this contribution, I end my submission.
Alhaj i Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka (NDC -- Asawase): Mr. Speaker, I rise to associate myself with the Statement on the floor of the House by taking the opportunity to express my greatest condolence to the family of our Hon Colleague from Chereponi.
Mr. Speaker, our sister was a very calm one on this floor of the House. She has been a member of the Muslim caucus in this House and most of the times, you hardly heard her voice. That is by way of her calmness. You can hardly see her arguing with anyone or quarrelling with anybody in this House.
It is sad that her life had to end so short; looking at her age, one would have expected that she would have lived much longer than she had truly lived. Having worked so hard from such a very difficult constituency like Chereponi to retain the seat on a second occasion, really shows how hardworking she was with her constituents. Mr. Speaker, it is sad that such a hardworking young parliamentarian had to lose her life through illness.
Mr. Speaker, having said this, I will want us as a country to begin thinking about when Colleagues die, the way and the method that we use in replacing them. Mr. Speaker, at least, I have been in this House, this is the fifth year and I have attended several by-elections where sometimes our Colleagues die and we are
going to replace them.
Mr. Speaker, if you are a Member of Parliament and you go for a by-election when a Colleague is dead and you see the way we struggle politically, fight each other just to replace person sometimes gives so much worry, especially when the by-election is very close to the funeral. Almost everybody seems to forget about the dead, the Colleague who is dead, we all seem to forget about the dead Colleague and we will then go and concentrate on replacing the Colleague.
Mr. Speaker, I think laws are made to serve man and this country is not an exception. It is not mandatory that because it is done somewhere, we must always do same. Mr. Speaker, I honestly believe, as a country, when we lose a Colleague through death, we should by principle change our law to make it possible for the political party that is holding that seat to just replace the person so that we will be able to concentrate on the dead person, give the person the befitting burial and the respect that is necessary for the person.
Mr. Speaker, I know in America, the Congress of America, when a Congress man dies, he is not replaced. Mr. Speaker, if you look at the struggle, I have seen it at Offinso, I have seen it at Fomena, I have seen it in so many places, even the by-election that brought me into this House, not less than eight people had to receive gun shots. At Offinso, we saw the struggle, at Fomena, we saw the struggle and in all these cases, we as Members of this House tend to forget about them. I believe that as a country, we should be thinking through this very well.
Yes, today, the laws are such that when somebody dies, we need to go and compete for the seat. I believe that as a country, we could be looking at the option
of making it possible for the Party to replace the person for the duration left so that when the next election comes, we can then go and compete for the seat.
Mr. Speaker, having said these few words, I would want to take this opportunity once again to express my condolence to the constituents of Chereponi and my sister's husband and children, and may her soul rest in perfect peace.
Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.