New Speaker of Parliament must be neutral - Minority

New Speaker of Parliament must be neutral - Minority

The Deputy minority leader of the seventh parliament which commences on the 7th of January 2017, James Klutse Avedzi has advised the incoming Speaker, Prof. Mike Ocquaye to desist from being partisan in the administration of his duties on the floor of parliament.

New Speaker of Parliament must be neutral - Minority

Haruna Iddrisu(left) and Prof. Mike Ocquaye(right)

In an interview with Accra-based Starr FM, the Minority Leader for the 7th Parliament said his side of the house would expect Prof Ocquaye to behave in a non-partisan manner when handling proceedings.

If he [Prof Ocquaye] wants to be too partisan, by concentrating on only one side of the House, it will not make the House lively, it will not make the business of the House flow as expected,” he warned.

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He further encouraged the new Speaker to operate an “open door” policy with matters laid before the house whiles eschewing all partisanship and bias towards the majority “so that we can have debate flow and the House can move as a family.”

He also explained that it will hold the Akufo-Addo government to its policies and laws of Ghana.

We won’t just be in the house to oppose anything that is brought home for deliberations,” he explained.

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The incoming Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu also said they were going to scrutinise policies that will be spearheaded by the Akufo-Addo administration to the “letter and spirit” of the pledges he made to Ghanaians during electioneering in 2016.

But you can be certain…that we’ll hold the new administration to the letter and spirit of whatever they campaigned on,” he said after his nomination.

New Speaker of Parliament must be neutral - Minority

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