Belinda Arthur Writes: Will NDC Boycott 2020 Elections? The Big Question!

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The minority caucus of the opposition party; National Democratic party (NDC) staged a walk out few minutes after the President Of the land Nana Akuffo-Addo arrived.

The minority caucus claim they staged the walk out on grounds that the MPs common fund has not been paid hence staging a walk out.

However, the act of the minority has been described by Political radio Hosts Captain Smart of Adom Fm as gross disrespect. According to him, the Minority caucus has disrespected the land by throwing shades with the “National Anthem” which he described as uncalled for. He has therefore urged the Minority caucus to state an official apology to the President and the whole nation for such “childish act”.

Hon Abu Jinapor has also expressed his disappointments of the act of the minority. According to him, minority should not have honoured the invitation in the first place if they knew they would walk out of the Chambers.

What is common fund??

It is the basically the district fund (DACF) which is part of national revenue given to Assemblies for developmental projects.

My Opinion

After the staged walk out, the Speaker of Parliament Mike Aaron Oquaye however, led the house to commence business in spite of the walk-out by the minority.
The leader and founder of the opposition party National Democratic party (NDC) Jerry John Rawlings was seen comfortably seated in the parliament even after his members walked out of parliament. This is gross disrespect to the leader of the founding party.

Staging a walk out is no news all over the world. Most members of parliament from other parliament houses especially in the African countries, mostly walk out of parliament during sittings but the act of the minority caucus has caused confusion among social media users, television discussions and radio discussions panelists. Most have condemned the act of the minority.

However the minority caucus after boycotting the State of the Nation’s address has addressed the press on the reasons why they staged a walk out from the chamber. Led by the leader of the minority, Hon Harruna Iddrisu, he argued that it was just a staged “walk out” and not a boycott as described.

According to Hon Harruna Iddrisu who’s the leader of the opposition party National Democratic party, the Akuffo-Addo-led Government in cahoots with Jean Mensah-led Electoral Commission remains intransigent despite overwhelming public opposition.

He further added that since Nana Akuffo-Addo became the president of Ghana, he has conducted the affairs of state with the kind of tyranny, despotism and authoritarianism that frightens many objective observers.

This he says should not be treated as trivial because they are important issues to the NDC.

So my question is will the opposition party NDC boycott the 2020 upcoming elections just as they boycott the state of the nation’s address on grounds that the ruling party ignored their suggestions to halt the compilation of the new voter’s register???

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