BY: Mary Quartey
The National Democratic Congress(NDC) Caucus in parliament have stated that despite the formal notification from the Member of Parliament for Fomena Constituency, Hon Andrew Asiamah Amoako declaring his decision to transact business with them(National Patriotic Party Caucus), doesn’t make the NPP caucus the majority.
According to them, following the official correspondence from the Electoral Commission clearly states that neither the NDC nor the NPP has majority seats in parliament.
Addressing the press on Thursday, January 14, 2021, their leader,Hon Haruna Iddrisu laid emphasis on the said MP’s choice of words which indicates that it does not increase the number of seats the NPP occupy in Parliament.
He said that on the basis that the Member of Parliament for Fomena joins the NPP will mean that he has to vacate his seat in Parliament and a by-election held in that constituency, in accordance to Article the 1992 constitution.
“I am sure he is mindful of article 97,clause(1)(h) of the 1992 constitution”
“It (the letter)did not state, and it did not say that I will join or that I am part of the NPP,” Mr. Iddrisu stress
The Tamale south legislature further lamented that official records of Parliament remains as 137 seats for both NDC and NPP and one seat for an independent candidate.
“Advisedly and wisely, he is not seeking to join a political party and therefore nobody should do an easy mathematics of a 137 plus one. I will cooperate, or I will collaborate does not mean I am joining, or I am crossing over because it has its own constitutional implications which probably will require that a by-election be conducted if he was to join a political party,”
Meanwhile, leader of the NDC Haruna Iddrisu has asserted that, they had No difficulty sitting on
the Minority side. Haruna Iddrisu Leader for the NDC caucus in Parliament has stated that they (NDC Caucus) have no problem to sitting on the Minority side of the Chamber, which is on the left hand side of the Rt Speaker.
According to him,the party’s numerical strength must be respected in the composition of committees and in the determination of leadership.