Placards to be banned in Parliament – Majority Leader

 Mr. Osei Kyei -Mensah-Bonsu

Mr. Osei Kyei -Mensah-Bonsu

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Majority Leader, Osei Kyei- Mensah-Bonsu has hinted that parliament may soon ban the display of placards in the chamber.
He said the display of placards in the chamber, sometimes brings disgrace to parliament and that it should not be tolerated.

Speaking in an interview he explained that parliament would soon hold series of meetings in parliament to see how best they could address the issue of placards displayed in the chamber.

“It does not happen anywhere in the world and as legislators we must work to put a stop to it,” he said.

“We are members of parliament and we should not be doing this to ourselves to the extent that we describe one of our own as a ‘bloody widow’,” he added.

The Minority in parliament came under heavy criticisms for describing Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan as “bloody widow” when she was sworn in by first Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Osei Wusu in the chamber last week.

However, the Minority in Parliament has defended their actions for calling the newly elected Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Lydia Alhassan Seyram as a “bloody widow”.

The NDC MPs waved placards with the inscription, ‘Bloody Widow’ before they boycotted Lydia Alhassan’s swearing-in as the MP for Ayawaso West Wuogon.

The Minority staged a walkout in the process, when the Speaker introduced Ms Lydia Alhassan Seyram to be sworn in.

The Minority MPs said they boycotted Alhassan’s swearing-in because they did not want to give credence to her victory in the by-election which was characterised by violence.

After Madam Alhassan’s introduction for the administration of oath of office by First Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei-Owusu, Minority Chief Whip Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak caught the attention of the Speaker to announce the Minority’s boycott of the exercise.

Muntaka who doubles as the Asawase MP stated that because of the security challenges that were encountered during the by-elections, the NDC will not be part of the exercise on the floor of the House.

“Our side of the House cannot be here to witness this swearing-in,” he said.

Madam Lydia Seyram Alhassan replaced her husband as the Member of Parliament for the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency after winning the by-election held on Thursday, January 31, in Accra.

She polled 68.80 per cent of the valid votes cast.
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