The Minority has walked out of Parliament in protest of the swearing in of newly elected MP for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Lydia Seyram Alhassan.
Some Minority MPs shouted shame and jeered as the Speaker of Parliament read the summons from the Electoral Commission.
Some also held up placards which read “bloody widow”, in reference to the confusion in the incidents of brutality from National Security personnel during the by-election.
“In commiseration to support our comrades and citizens that were unnecessary hurt and brutally assaulted, I am sorry to say we cannot indulge in this. Our side of the house cannot be here to witness this swearing in,” the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak said on the floor of the House.
The swearing-in on Lydia Seyram Alhassan went ahead as the Deputy Majority Leader and MP for Dome Kwabenya, Sara Adwoa Safo chided the Minority’s posturing as “disappointing” and a “bad precedent.”
She also said the rest of the legislator “will not be perturbed by the absence of the other side. Business will continue as usual because all the constitutional requirements have been satisfied by this House and by the Electoral Commission.”
The Deputy Majority Leader also described the placards the Minority held up as “so distasteful.”
The leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency has already called on the Electoral Commission to annul the by-election held in the area because of the incident of violence that led to the party’s withdrawal from the elections.
The party in a statement said it will not accept the results of the poll, in which Lydia Seyram Alhassan polled 68.30% of the votes.
Though the excessive security deployed for the by-election was met with criticised in the immediate aftermath of the polls, outrage intensified towards National Security after Citi News revealed more damning footage of brutalities from National Security.
By: citinewsroom.com | Ghana