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NPP MPs Arrive 4am In Parliament Today To Occupy Majority Side

New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament clad in white have arrived as early as 4am in Parliament to occupy the Majority side of the House ahead of the first sitting of the 8th Parliament.

Sheila Bartels, a first time MP representing Ablekuma North confirmed this in a post on Facebook.

With both the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) claiming equal number of seats, there has been a brouhaha on who takes the majority.

To avoid losing their seats at the right side of the Speaker, some New Patriotic Party (NPP) legislators were seated in the House by 4am.

 

This is approximately six hours before the regular sitting of the House.

The action by the NPP MPs follows the take over of their seat by their National Democratic Congress (NDC) colleagues on the eve of January 7, ahead of the inauguration of the 8th Parliament.

The question of who occupies the Majority side of the House has been a big issue since both the NPP and opposition NDC have 137 members each.

Since the inauguration of the House, members of the two caucuses in Parliament have taken to social media and other news outlets to insist on their claims of who has a right to be called the majority.

Leading the argument for the NPP, the leader of its caucus, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the decision by the only independent candidate in the House to join the NPP, is a clear indication that they are in the majority.

But the NDC MPs have rubbished this argument.

The leader of their caucus, Haruna Iddrisu says the Fomena MP, Andrews Asiamah Amoako choosing to join the NPP does not influence the numbers.

He explained that his caucus will only agree to sit at the left-hand side of the Speaker if the NPP agrees to respect their number and influence.

Meanwhile, Speaker Alban Bagbin who is also a member of the NDC is expected to put the case to rest during the first sitting of the House today, Friday, January 15, 2021.

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