Afenyo-Markin Justifies NPP MPs’ 4am Arrival In Parliament

The member of parliament for Effutu Constituency, Alexander Kwamina Afenyo-Markin, has said decision by New Patriotic Party (NPP) MPs to storm Parliament as early as 4am Friday was to adhere to the rule of being punctual

Speaking in an interview with the media the deputy leader of the Majority Caucus in Parliament said there is nothing wrong with the action.

Lawyer Afenyo-Markin said he don’t see any controversy arising out of who is sitting where and all that. His understanding is that they have been urged to be punctual, and their first timers have resolved to seeing to punctuality and ensuring that they take their parliamentary work serious.

"He added that, today is our first day of regular sitting and I am pretty sure as you may be aware our colleagues have gotten to the chamber ahead of time to acclimatise themselves, to read their papers, fraternise and prepare for today’s activities and I should think that is in order.”

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.

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