Politics

Rashid Pelpuo defends Minority’s decision to occupy majority side in Parliament

“Remember that this is a constitutional challenge or crisis we are facing, there’s nothing in the constitution that says when you tie one should elect to be a majority.”

The action generated heat on the floor of Parliament at the arrival of the Majority in the 7th Parliament as they were forced to take the minority side of the House.

Meanwhile, the fate of the Assin North MP on the ticket of the NDC is yet to be ascertained following the placement of an injunction by the Cape Coast court.

The Cape Coast High court granted an injunction against the Member of Parliament-elect for the Assin North Constituency, James Gyakye Quayson.

Per the ruling, the promising MP cannot hold himself out as the MP-elect for the constituency.

This follows a petition filed by one Michael Ankomah which indicated that the MP-elect still held on to his Canadian citizenship when he was filing to contest in the December polls.

But, the Wa Central MP maintained there is an equal position in Parliament and that would not change.

“When you tie, the constitution is silent on that, and there’s nothing also in the constitution nor in our standing orders that say that one space is for this party or that party.

“Even when you are the Majority, it is only conversational that you sit at the right hand of the Speaker, there is nothing law about it, and no legal instrument spells that out.”

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