Parish priest of St. Charles Lwanga Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Andrew Anumu Quaye Foli, SVD advised aspiring parliamentary candidates of the Okaikoi Central to desist from making promises they cannot keep to Ghanaians.
He said this during a town hall meeting organised at by the Justice and Peace Commission of the St. Charles Lwanga parish last Saturday.
Fr. Foli encouraged them not be blackmailed into attending social gatherings and making donations in order to be voted for. Failure to fulfil these promises, he said leads to failure to be voted for.
In his submission, he outlined the duties of a member of parliament and stressed on the need for public education towards the duties of a member of Parliament.
“You are to represent your constituency in parliament and make the needs of your people known, participate in the needs of your community and provide constituency services to your community through the use the common fund,” he said.
Advising the audience present, he said,” continue to uphold peace, tolerate one another and accept divergent views when it comes to development and be agents of peace before, during and after elections. ”
On the part of Mrs. Patience Dzikunu, chairperson for the town hall meeting, she said community development in not a sole responsibility of the member of parliament. She also advised that projects undertaken by members of Parliament should not be branded as party project since it is the tax payers money used in most developmental projects.
She also emphasized the need for love among members of diverse political parties and asked the aspiring parliamentary candidates to uphold the peace in their communities since they will be held accountable for it.
Source: Sarah Offei