- "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."
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has on Friday (15 January 2021) declared the New Patriotic Party as the Majority caucus for the eighth parliament.
This follows official communication to the Speaker by the independent MP for Fomena, Andrews Amoako Asiamah, that he intends to do business with the governing NPP.
Giving his ruling on the issue, Speaker 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 shouts of joy, jubilating and singing songs of victory to celebrate the ruling.
The Rt Hon Speaker of the 8th Parliament has just declared the NPP as the Majority group in the House following receipt of the letter from the Independent MP for Fomena. Government business will now begin.
— Kojo Oppong Nkrumah (@konkrumah) January 15, 2021
Today’s decision by the Speaker puts to rest the controversy surrounding which party constitutes the Majority in Parliament.
Drama unfolded on 6 January in the lead-up to the dissolution of the seventh parliament at midnight as National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs occupied the seats in the chamber designated for the Majority.
According to the rules of the House, the Minority sits to the left-hand side of the Speaker’s chair, while the Majority occupies the right.
However, as the House was dissolved following the 7 December election, the largest opposition party in Ghana invaded the Majority section, arguing that there is no majority in Parliament now, as both parties hold 137 seats each.