Every Ghanaian, during national elections, has the opportunity to elect someone to represent him or her in the house of Parliament.
With that done, the onus falls on the Member of Parliament (MP) to act in a manner that substantially meets the expectations of the ordinary Ghanaian.
However, there comes a point in time when some MPs have done the unexpected and walked out of the house, in protest to some decisions taken in the house.
YEN.com.gh has sampled five major issues that have forced the minority side to leave the house, especially when a major decision is about to be made:
1. Lydia Seyram Alhassan sworn in as MP:
The minority in Parliament walked out and marched to the headquarters of the Ghana Police Service (GPS) to formally launch a complaint with respect to an attack on the MP for Ningo-Prampram, Sam George.
2. Creation of new regions:
The minority in Parliament staged a walkout over objections to the consideration of the C.I. 109 that paved way for the referendum on the creation of new regions.
According to Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, the House could not debate the approval of the C.I. when MPs did not have copies of the Justice Brobbey Commission of Enquiry report, which recommended the creation of the new regions.
3. 17.5% petroleum tax:
The minority in Parliament staged a walk out while deliberations were ongoing on the controversial 17.5% Special Petroleum Tax.
The then finance minister, Seth Terkper, submitted the bill to Parliament after presenting the 2015 budget statement and requested for Parliamentary approval.
But the minority indicated it will not contribute to a bill which will impose hardships on Ghanaians.
4. Cash for seat debate:
The minority in Parliament walked out of the house over the controversial cash-for-seat report that rocked Ghana.
According to them, they did not have ample time to go through the 147 page committee's document in order to contribute to the discussion on the matter.
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