Minority boycotts Parliament for  4th time in support of Gyakye Quayson

Story: News Desk  


National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs have once again boycotted parliamentary sitting to attend to the trial of their colleague, James Gyakye Quayson.

This is the fourth time in a row that the Minority caucus has taken this action.

Almost an hour after the bell in Parliament was tolled to call the house to order on Tuesday, the attendance of the legislators on the floor, especially on the Majority side, was still considerably low.

At the time the sitting commenced, only 13 members of the New Patriotic Party were present on the floor.

Thus, the MP for Nsawam-Adoagyiri, Frank Annoh-Dompreh appealed to the Speaker to ensure that questions recorded in the name of NDC MPs must be deemed asked and answered since they were not present.

“Except for question 1405, which is advertised in the name of the Honourable Vincent Ekow Assafuah, member for Old Tafo, all the other questions are advertised in various names of our colleagues in the minority and they have elected not to be present.

“Mr Speaker, the parliament of this republic cannot wait for them. Hence, as it is often the practice, I want to appeal to you that the answers to these questions be published, except for question 1405 …”

But the Speaker, while acknowledging Mr Annoh-Dompreh’s appeal, said, “I wish that we go through them [The questions] one by one. You call the question, if the person who asked the question is absent, the table office will record that the person who asked the question is absent.”

Court also confirmed that the Minority MPs are in court, attending Mr Quayson’s trial.

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