How the NPP helped in electing an ‘NDC Speaker’
The approach of the NPP in releasing the statement on its intended nomination created a certain impression of bullying its MPs-Elect into some kind of submission. Interestingly, this was followed up with a threat by the NPP General Secretary that “there is no way that we are going to lose the Speakership; we will win the First Speaker, the First Deputy Speaker. And per what the constitution dictates, we cannot have one party having all the three speakership position.
Having clearly succeeded in deploying secret ballot in the election of the Speaker, I am almost certain in my mind that in the approval of all contentious bills, agreements and Committee reports, the NDC caucus will insist that approval are done by secret ballot. Should that happen, they will deploy the same strategies to vote out government reports, agreements and bills they do not agree to.
The author is a building engineer