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NPP MPs Missing As Minority-filled Parliament Swears In Gyakye Quayson

Ghana’s Parliament was filled with jubilation today as the House swore in the Member of Parliament-elect, James Gyakye Quayson.

The euphoria ahead of the process emanated from just one side as most members of the Majority are absent.

Minority MPs are singing and chanting victory songs for their colleague while clad in all-white apparel.

Only a few NPP MPs were seen dotted around their side of the aisle.

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The public gallery is equally flooded with leadership from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Notable among them are 2024 flagbearer and former President John Mahama, his election 2020 Running mate Prof Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, Chairman Asiedu Nketiah, General Secretary Fifi Kwetey, and former Chief of Staff Julius Debrah, among others.

On June 27, Mr Quayson who was ejected from Parliament following a Supreme Court decision annulling the 2020 constituency election, won the Assin North by-election with 17,245 votes representing 57.56% of valid votes.

His main rival, Charles Opoku of the New Patriotic Party polled 12,630 or 42.15% of valid votes to place second, while Liberal Party of Ghana’s Bernice Enam Sefanu polled only 87 votes or 0.29%.

Addressing the legislators, Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin indicated that the Electoral Commission (EC) had officially communicated the results to the House.

It is on this basis that the EC “declared Quayson James Gyakye as the elected Member of Parliament for the Assin North Constituency,” Mr Bagbin told the House.

After swearing him in, Minority Leader Cassiel Ato Forson congratulated the new MP adding that his side will be in court for support until the Quayson trial is over.

Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu also welcomed James Gyakye Quayson and wished him well in the execution of his mandate.

Sitting was subsequently suspended for 30 minutes.

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