Being Out Of Parliament Does Not Mean You Are Out Of Government – Speaker of Parliament

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) had their parliamentary primary election last Saturday 20th June 2020.

The primaries were held for both seating Member of Parliament incumbent (MPs) and party fatefuls who contested in the various constituencies nationwide.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Micheal Ocquaye speaking on the floor of Parliament after the primaries indicated that “being voted out of Parliament does not mean you are out of government”.

The Speaker, made these comments when he was giving congratulatory message to members on the recent primaries and as well wished those who failed in the contest better luck next time.

He asked all siting MP’s who lost their seat, to still attend to the business of the house with seriousness because out of parliament doesn’t mean they are out of governance.

The Minority Leader, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu also added his voice and congratulated them all.

He lament about how “money politics” is sweeping away expert politicians in the house.

Hon. Iddrisu said the integrity and sanctity of the house must be respected and protected by both sides.

The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and the Majority Leader Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu also wished all who won the election well and condemned the fact that members with experiences were all leaving the house, due to some ideologies of their constituents and delegates.

He lamented on how the various Committee’s chairmen, Ministers and Deputy ministers all with experiences lost their seat to people who may be able or unable to perform.

“Democracy everywhere is guided: and so there should be some structures in place to control and assert the performance of members in Parliament” indicated Hon. Kyei-Mensah -Bonsu.

Source: Delali Gavor/Parliament

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