The New Patriotic Party (NPP) have secured a clear majority in Parliament ahead of the formation of the 8th Parliament.
This was after the Cape Coast High court granted an injunction suit against the Member of Parliament-elect for the Assin North Constituency, James Gyakye Quayson.
The court has ruled that James Gyakye Quayson cannot hold himself as the MP-elect for the constituency.
This follows a petition filed by one Michael Ankomah that the MP-elect still held on to his Canadian citizenship when he was filing to contest in the December polls.
According to the petitioner, Mr. Quayson owes allegiance to both Ghana and Canada which contravenes the provision of Article 94 (2) (a) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
Mr. Quayson, the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) MP-elect, polled 17,498 while the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Madam Abena Durowaa Mensah had 14,793 in the December 7, 2020 election.
Prior to this development, both the NPP and the NDC had 137 members each but the NPP had a slight lead after Fomena MP Andrews Asiamah who is an Independent MP pledged his allegiance to them.
This development will bring joy to the NPP camp as the election of a Speaker and deputy Speakers will be held once the 7th Parliament is dissolved.
With NPP now having 137 members to NDC’s 136 and having Fomena MP on their side, they now have clear majority in parliament.
The National Council of the New Patriotic Party nominated Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye as the party’s candidate for the Speaker position and the National Executive Council of the National Democratic Congress also motioned Alban Bagbin as the party’s candidate for the role.
It is now obvious that current Speaker of Parliament Mike Oquaye will retain the seat due to NPP having more numbers than the NDC.