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Three by-elections imminent, says Ablakwa

The MPs in question are Kennedy Agyapong , for Assin Central, Henry Quartey, MP for Ayawaso Central  and MP for Dome-Kwabenya Sarah Adwoa Safo

The MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa is asking Ghanaians to brace themselves for three by-elections in the country following what he describes as the continuous absence of MPs of those constituencies.

The MPs in question are Kennedy Agyapong , for Assin Central, Henry Quartey, MP for Ayawaso Central  and MP for Dome-Kwabenya Sarah Adwoa Safo.

Ablakwa alleged the three MPs have absented themselves from Parliamentary business for 18 working days without permission.

He is threatening to haul them before the Privileges Committee.

“From a thorough and unimpeachable assessment of the Votes and Proceedings of Parliament — between October 26, 2021 and November 24, 2021; two NPP MPs: Ken Ohene Agyapong and Henry Quartey who is also Greater Accra Regional Minister were absent without permission from the Rt. Hon. Speaker, Alban S.K. Bagbin, for 18 working days each,” Ablakwa posted on Facebook.

“I am therefore perplexed and wondering, in all sincerity, the basis for the discriminatory and unprincipled attacks on Sarah Adwoa Safo by our colleagues on the NPP side of the House, and particularly from Ken Ohene Agyapong who is equally guilty of the same offence he’s been raving and ranting about.”

“In all fairness, we expect and will also ensure that the Privileges Committee considers the matter of three absenting MPs and not one. Article 97 (1) (c) of the 1992 Constitution and Order 16 (1) of our Standing Orders must not and will not be applied selectively. Realistically, Ghanaians should be preparing for three by-elections in Assin Central, Ayawaso Central and Dome/Kwabenya,” he added.

Fred Dzakpata

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