John Boadu, General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has condemned members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) who think the 8th Parliament is hung and has neither majority nor minority.
He described those with such thought as naïve people who are not cognizant of the law.
“Whoever said that we have a hung parliament does not know the law. If anyone says that we don’t have a majority and a minority in Parliament, the person does not know what he is talking about,” he said.
The General Secretary on Okay FM’s “Ade Akye Abia” show said the odd number of 275 parliamentary seats creates a visible distinction of minority and majority caucus as found in the Standing Orders of Parliament although the constitution is aware of the fact that there are more than two parties in Ghana.
“The constitution knows that we don’t have only two parties but that is how the Standing Orders of Parliament is, to have a majority caucus and a minority caucus, and so the other party or the independent candidate does not have a seat in parliament and so they decide to either join the majority caucus or the minority caucus,” he said.
He further stated that the candidate from the third party who is the independent MP will have to show allegiance to either the NPP Caucus or the NDC Caucus to form the majority since both the NDC and the NPP are even in number.
“If the other party or independent candidate joins the majority caucus, it means that they are part of the majority and if they decide to join the minority caucus then they are part of the minority in parliament. Right now with the 137 numbers for both sides, if the independent candidate by Friday decides to join the NPP, then the NPP will be the majority in parliament; there is nothing like a hung parliament,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Independent candidate on 13th January released a letter declaring he will cooperate with the NPP Caucus in Parliament for business purposes.