- MP for Fomena has been elected as the second deputy speaker
- Per Article 96 of the constitution, Andrews Amoako Asiamah was elected as the second deputy speaker
- Prior to his election as second deputy speaker, Paul Adom Otchere predicted something like that would happen
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The Member of Parliament for Fomena, Andrews Amoako Asiamah has been elected as the second deputy speaker of the 8th parliament of the fourth republic of Ghana.
The leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have selected Joseph Osei Owusu and Andrews Amoako Asiamah to serve as First and Second Deputy Speakers of Parliament respectively.
Paul Adom-Otchere, the host of Good Evening Ghana earlier predicted how the NPP could use the MP for Fomena to deny the National Democratic Congress of any of the leadership positions in Parliament.
According to him, Article 96 of the constitution provides the framework for how the two Deputy Speakers of Parliament could be elected.
It states that “ (a) there are two Deputy Speakers who are elected from among the members of Parliament by the members. (b) Both deputy speakers cannot be from the same political party.
Conventionally, since 2008, the Second Deputy Speaker has been reserved for the minority because they do not contest the main and first deputy positions due to the general acceptance that the party with the majority would win the position.
The Fomena MP was before the 2020 general elections ousted from parliament and sacked from the governing New Patriotic Party.
His sacking came as a result of his decision to still contest as MP instead of simply accepting defeat from the NPP contender that he lost to.
He contested the December 2020 as an independent candidate which he won massively.
The NPP on the other hand expressed interest in having him back into the party in order to achieve the majority in parliament.
The General Secretary of the NPP, John Boadu, said, the leadership of the governing party was ready to decide whether to welcome Mr Asiamah back to the fold in an earlier report filed by YEN.com.gh.
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