I do not know what exactly prompted me to go digging, but I vaguely remember reading a Twit from one person to another. The first person making the Twit appeared to be a member of Parliament in Ghana. I was not too sure so I did a quick Google of his name and got the confirmation that he was actually a Member Of the Ghanaian Parliament. The confirmation was from the Ghana Parliamentary website. So that was good enough for me. Then something struck me. His email address was listed as a “@yahoo.com”. I did a quick scan of other members of parliament of the Ghana Parliamentary website and noted that there were a few others that had “@yahoo.com” email address. Some even did not have an email address!
I found this very strange. So it means that if one member of parliament wants to send an email – lets say a sensitive email – to another, it has to be routed from one “yahoo.com” account to another. Since most of the members listed do not have email addresses it means that exchange of emails is something that hardly occurs. Coming from an IT back ground I was expecting that there would be a proper utilisation of a mail server, setup to cater for all members of parliament. The lack of proper utilisation of mail server can be attributed to various reasons. I will let make you suggestions in the comments section. What comes as a surprise to me is that when you go to the “Contact Us” page, there is a “firstname.lastname@example.org” and “email@example.com” email address. So the question is, why have all the Members of Parliament not been given a valid “@parliament.gh” email address?
To get a comparison, I took a look at the Parliamentary Site for members of Parliament in the UK. The result was totally different. So lets take a look.
Here is the link to the Ghana Parliamentary WebSite => http://www.parliament.gh
I must admit, most of the names that I sampled do not have an email address! The ones below are using their own personal email addresses. One does not have an email address.
This is the link for the UK Parliamentary WebSite => http://www.parliament.uk
So you can see what I am getting at in terms of my comparison. My next step will be to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask why every member of parliament listed on the website does not have a valid “@parliament.gh” email address. If I do get a response, I wonder what the response will be.