Frank Annoh-Dompreh, the majority chief whip, has defended the persistent absence from meetings of several of his NPP colleagues.
This is in response to complaints from the NPP Majority following the Minority caucus’ announcement that it will boycott parliamentary proceedings.
The NPP side has not been able to gather all of its numbers to be able to proceed with government business, which has left the House handicapped despite the NDC Minority’s boycott of the House.
But Frank Annoh-Dompreh defended this change by stating that there is no parliament when all MPs come to the floor at once.
“If you visit the British parliament or other jurisdictions that we are emulating, you won’t always see every Member of Parliament present in the room at once. If there are any ceremonial occasions where you find a full house, I don’t know if you can cite one.
“I will speak on behalf of the majority when I declare that we have successfully passed every item on our agenda. Without our numbers, it is impossible to make significant choices, but whenever we needed to pass something, we gathered the numbers and marshalled our members.”
The Nsawam-Adoagyiri MP noted that the low numbers on the majority’s side are due to the fact that many of his colleagues, particularly the ministers, are out performing official tasks while others are on sick leave.
We need to be realistic about the fact that certain ministers are also lawmakers. If you look at my data right now and the number of leaves of absence I have, you’ll see that I have a lot of people who have left the jurisdiction during times when there is nothing you can do about it. There are a large number more members absent, some due to official obligations and others to attend to their health.
The Minority, on the other hand, was reprimanded by him for participating in committee meetings while abstaining from the house’s operations.
“Your position is vacant, and you claim to be abstaining from Parliament. The main thrust of my argument is that Ato Forson declared that you would boycott Parliament.
Does parliament not include committee meetings? So who are you lying to? Ato Forson needs to be explicit on this issue. They ought to hang their heads in shame, in my opinion. The leadership made a very controversial choice here. I am aware that there is disagreement on their side on this, so if you want to boycott Parliament, do so completely.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Minority once more abstained from the legislative session on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, in support of their colleague Mr. James Gyakye Quayson, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin North, who is currently on trial.
The Minority Caucus was to accompany him to court as a result of the boycott.
The Minority Caucus informed the Speaker of the House two weeks ago that they would not be present for House business on days when their three colleagues who are currently facing trials had court appearances scheduled.
The trio consists of Dr. Cassiel Ato Baah Forson, the Minority Leader and MP for Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam, Mr. James Gyakye Quayson, the MP for Assin North; Mr. Collins Dauda, the MP for Asutifi South; and Mr.