There are seniors in parliament - Top NDC member schools Suhuyini

There are seniors in parliament - Top NDC member schools Suhuyini

Following the incident that nearly led to a brawl in parliament on 30th March, 2016, there has been a debate about respect and whether it should be distributed based on an unofficial hierarchy in the House.

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There are seniors in parliament - Top NDC member schools Suhuyini

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The Director of Elections of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu Ampofo has however admitted that there is an unwritten hierarchy in Parliament although the MP for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini argues otherwise.

Hon. Suhuyini was captured on video exchanging words with the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh and Ablekuma West, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful whom he claimed hurled insults on him during a debate on the floor of the House.

He alleged that the Education Minister described him as "mad" and further used "unprintable words" on him.

There are seniors in parliament - Top NDC member schools Suhuyini

Alhassan Suhuyini, MP for Tamale North

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Hon. Suhuyini believed some Members of Parliament on the majority side think they're seniors and is quoted to have said he together with the MPs were all sworn into office the same day, so no one should claim seniority over him.

However, Mr. Ofosu Ampofo speaking on Peace FM's 'Kokrokoo', decided to school the NDC MP on the ranking of the legislators.

According to him, the seniority in Parliament is evident in the arrangement of the members in the chamber. Whereas longer serving MPs take front seats, the newer members are seated in the back of the chamber where they can observe and learn parliamentary procedures.

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Though he was silent on whether or not Suhuyini's behaviour is becoming worrying, Mr. Ofosu Ampofo however issued a word of caution to the Tamale North MP to perhaps comport himself in the House.

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