Legal team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ashanti Region is astounded that the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, declared the NPP caucus and Fomena Member of Parliament(MP) as a majority group in Parliament.
This was after the Fomena MP officially noticed the House he would align with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to do business.
According to the legal team of the NDC in Ashanti Region, the party was preparing to go to the Supreme Court for interpretation on whether the Speaker’s declaration was valid or not.
But the NDC believe it was a mistake for the Speaker to have declared the NPP caucus together with the independent MP for Fomena in the Ashanti Region, Andrew Asiamah Amoako, as majority in the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic.
Evans Amankwah, leading member of the legal team, observed that the Speaker of Parliament erred in such a declaration and indicated that the NDC would head to the Supreme Court for further and better interpretation to clear all doubts.
He maintained that according to the 1992 Constitution, declaring a majority in the hung Parliament was a mistake and cited Article 95 of the 1992 Constitution of the Fourth Republic saying “once there is parity in number of members from both caucuses it is clear in black and white in the Constitution that the Fomena MP, who is now the Second Deputy Speaker cannot join the NPP side so there is no majority in parliament.”
Source: The Ghanaian Times
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