Saturday, 20 April

Political parties have a say in appointing caucus leaders in Parliament – Bagbin

Bagbin (middle) with ex minority leader Haruna Iddrisu (Left) and current Majority leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu (Right)

During a parliamentary session on Wednesday, February 21, the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, clarified that the majority caucus in Parliament lacks the authority to independently appoint its leaders without involvement from the overseeing political party.

Speaker Bagbin emphasized the importance of the political party in guiding and influencing the selection of leaders within the majority caucus.

The Speaker's clarification comes amid reports suggesting that the governing New Patriotic Party intends to change the leaders of its majority caucus in Parliament.

Speaker Bagbin addressed the confusion surrounding the protocol for appointing caucus leaders, highlighting discrepancies between the old and new orders.

He pointed out that while the old order referred to the appointment of leaders by the party or parties holding the majority of seats, the new order replaced "designate" with "appoints."

Speaker Bagbin stressed that the majority caucus essentially represents the party wing in Parliament and emphasized the necessity of the party leading the process of appointing or designating caucus leaders.

The Member of Parliament for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini, sought clarification from the Speaker on the position of the new standing orders regarding the selection of caucus leaders.

Mr Suhuyini revealed that President Akufo-Addo was scheduled to engage with the majority caucus to address the crisis. Pending this engagement, he demanded clarification from the house on such matters.

The Speaker's remarks are expected to influence the ongoing processes and discussions concerning leadership appointments within the majority caucus.


Source: Mensah