MP reveals lawmakers vote on party lines

MP reveals lawmakers vote on party lines

The Member of Parliament for Ketu North, James Avedzi, has stated that Parliament is divided along party lines.

According to him, Members of Parliament (MPs) hardly vote on issues as they fear being sidelined by their parties in future.

Per a report by, he added that in that respect, almost all issues brought on the floor of Parliament are politicised.

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This, he went on, is the trend, because decisions in parliament are taken by the majority votes, which is usually held by the governing party.

Sharing his opinions at the second national dialogue on ‘Public Accountability: Abuse of office’, Avedzi said “so if the issue on the floor should be voted for, who do you think will win? Because we vote on party lines. We don’t vote on issues.”

Avedzi, who is also the deputy minority speaker in Parliament, revealed that victimization befalls anyone who fails to support or vote for the decisions taken by the majority in parliament.

“If I come from a constituency, I belong to NDC and my party is in power and issue come to the floor and my party position is we have to vote for that issue if I single out myself, because I’m against that decision and I vote against it the next election I will lose that election,” he explained.

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