Member of Parliament for Wa Central Constituency, Abdul-Rashid Hassan Pelpuo has defended a decision by the Minority to occupy the majority side in the House.
The Minority MPs Wednesday entered the chamber earlier, dressed in white and took over the seats of the Majority of the 7th Parliament ahead of the official inauguration ceremony of the 8th Parliament.
Defending the move, Rashid Pelpuo said it is their rightful position as both the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) gained 137 parliamentary seats apiece in the December 7 polls.
“When you enter into the chamber first, you decide where to sit and that’s exactly what we have done, we have chosen to sit at the right-hand side of the Speaker.”
“Remember that this is a constitutional challenge or crisis we are facing, there’s nothing in the constitution that says when you tie one should elect to be a majority.”
The action generated heat on the floor of Parliament at the arrival of the Majority in the 7th Parliament as they were forced to take the minority side of the House.
Meanwhile, the fate of the Assin North MP on the ticket of the NDC is yet to be ascertained following the placement of an injunction by the Cape Coast court.
The Cape Coast High court granted an injunction against the Member of Parliament-elect for the Assin North Constituency, James Gyakye Quayson.
Per the ruling, the promising MP cannot hold himself out as the MP-elect for the constituency.
This follows a petition filed by one Michael Ankomah which indicated that the MP-elect still held on to his Canadian citizenship when he was filing to contest in the December polls.
But, the Wa Central MP maintained there is an equal position in Parliament and that would not change.
“When you tie, the constitution is silent on that, and there’s nothing also in the constitution nor in our standing orders that say that one space is for this party or that party.
“Even when you are the Majority, it is only conversational that you sit at the right hand of the Speaker, there is nothing law about it, and no legal instrument spells that out.”