Absenteeism rates in Ghana’s Sixth Parliament of the Fourth Republic

In this report, we present an analysis of absenteeism in the Sixth Parliament of Ghana’s Fourth Republic, which was inaugurated on January 7, 2013. Between January 8, 2013 and July 23, 2015, Parliament held 253 plenary meetings. We use publicly available records on MPs attendance to report on the absence rate in Parliament over the past three years of the current parliament as well as the average absence rates of individual MPs. Furthermore, we break our analysis down by characteristics that may influence attendance rate of MPs. In particular, we consider ministerial status of MPs, party affiliation, electoral competition, term-in-office, age, and gender.


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