Ayawaso West by-election: Minority boycotts NPP's Lydia Alhassan's swearing-in
The Minority in Parliament has today February 5 boycotted the swearing in of the new MP for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Lydia Seyram Alhassan.
The action according to the Minority is in solidarity with the victims of the violence that erupted at the Ayawaso West Wuogon La Baweleshie Presby polling station on the day of the by-election leading to 18 persons been injured.
In the morning of the by-election to elect a new MP for the constituency, there was a reported case of gunshots at the Presby polling station which has disrupted the smooth voting process later resulting in a low turnout for the election.
The NDC after the reported violence withdraw from the by-election and asked the EC to declare the process null and void due to the violence and intimidating nature of some masked security men at the polling stations on the election day.
Minority Chief Whip Mutaka Mubarak said his side of the house cannot be part of the swearing-in of Lydia Alhassan as the new MP for Ayawaso Wuogon.
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"Unfortunately in commemoration to support comrades and citizens that were unnecessarily hurt and brutally assaulted, I'm sorry to say that our side of the house cannot be here to witness the swearing-in."
But the Deputy Majority leader Adwoa Sarfo in response to the Minority condemns the walkout describing it as disappointing.
"It's disappointing that the other side of the house express their intention that they won't be part of the swearing-in, Mr Speaker this as the Majority in this house we will not be perturbed by the other side, business will continue a usual."