Minority stages a walkout over “Bloody” Ayawaso West By-elections

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The Minority in Parliament has staged a walkout of the August House on Tuesday in a refusal to be a part of the swearing in of controversial new MP for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Lydia Seyram Alhassan.

In a peaceful rejection of the blood-stained electoral victory of Ms Alhassan the Minority abandoned Parliament to the Majority, which went ahead to swear her in all by themselves.

The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Ocquaye has however responded to the minority’s reaction, describing it as a bad precedence.

The Minority’s action is a follow up to an earlier statement that it had issued announcing that it would not recognize the election of Ms Alhassan. The lady who is replacing her husband on the Ayawaso West Wuogon seat, procured her electoral victory under macabre circumstances in which heavily armed masked men perpetrated gun violence against unarmed civilians as part of an atmosphere of intimidation.

Reportedly, some 18 people sustained various degrees of injury when gun men attired in National Security apparels heavily hooded, opened fire into a crowd of civilians at La Bawaleshi on the day of election.

The Minority in a statement has since described Lydia Alhassan as an “illegitimate winner of the bloody by-election” in Ayawaso West Wuogom. The statement also accused the Jean Mensah led Electoral Commission of complicity in the bloody and “illegitimate victory” of Ms Lydia Alhassan.

It said its walkout is part of a series of democratic actions that it is taking to defend the constitution of Ghana from the Akufo-Addo government’s lawlessness, and will continue until perpetrators of the bloody crimes at La-Bawaleshi are brought to book.

After walking out of Parliament House today, the Minority headed straight to the Police Headquarters where it has served notice of intent to stage sit down demonstrations until the perpetrators of the gun violence are brought to book.

Meanwhile, the Majority in Parliament has gone on to swear in Ms Lydia Alhassan whose controversial victory in the election that recorded only a 19% turnout comes to swell the number of the Majority in Parliament.

Deputy Majority Leader, Sarah Adjoa Sarfo, has since expressed disappointment in the Minority’s decision to walk out of Parliament saying the swearing in of Ms Alhassan is a legitimate constitutional process.

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