The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has on Friday (15 January 2021) declared the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as the Majority caucus in the eighth parliament.
This follows official communication to the Speaker by the Independent MP for Fomena Constituency, Andrews Amoako Asiamah, to do business with the governing NPP.
Giving his ruling on the issue, Bagbin said: “And so what we have now, we have the NPP wing or caucus in parliament together with the Independent member from Fomena, and they now constitute the majority group.”
Moments after the ruling, the NPP MPs burst into jubilation singing songs of victory for the ruling.
Today’s decision by the Speaker puts to rest the controversy surrounding which party constitutes majority in parliament.
Drama unfolded on 6 January in Parliament in the lead-up to the dissolution of the seventh parliament at midnight as National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs occupy the Majority seats in the chamber.
According to the rules of the lawmaking body, the Minority sits on the left-hand side of the Speaker’s chair while the Majority occupies the right.
However, as the House is dissolved following the 7 December election, the largest opposition party in Ghana has invaded the majority section, arguing there is no majority in Parliament now, as both parties have secured 137 seats each.