Accept defeat graciously and stop scandalizing Supreme Court’s ruling – Majority to Minority 

The Majority in Parliament has urged their Minority counterparts to respect the decision by the Supreme Court that a Deputy Speaker presiding over parliamentary proceedings reserved the right to cast his vote on matters, and be counted as part of the quorum for decision-making in the House.

It said if a member of the party had taken a case to the court and the party had lost, it must learn to accept defeat graciously.

However, it said if the Minority was not ready to respect the decision of the Supreme Court, they should refrain from scandalizing the court and also stop running to the court for interpretation of constitutional matters.

“Once you run to the Supreme Court and they deliver their decisions, we should take it as a bitter pill or a sweet chocolate. If it is bitter, take it since tomorrow that decision could be an authority for your own cause,” it said.

Don’t breakdown institutions

Addressing the press in Parliament Thursday (March 10, 2022), the Deputy Majority Leader, Mr Alexander Afenyo-Markin, said it was incumbent on political parties to respect the decisions of the highest court of Ghana.

“If the Minority continue to breakdown the institutions of democracy, one day they will come back to cross the bridge and there will be no bridge to cross back home. The NDC is destroying everything needed to sustain good governance and is not how to operate a democracy as extremist attacks are not the way to go,” he said.

Respect rule of law

Mr Afenyo-Markin said the New Patriotic Party (NPP) had a tradition of testing the law and resolving issues in the court where the party had difficulties in public discourse.

With the party winning and losing some of the cases, he said in all situations the conduct of the NPP had been respecting the rule of law.

“Unfortunately, for our colleagues anytime they go to court and they lose, they attempt to scandalize the court,” he said.

Story By: Nana Konadu Agyeman | Graphic

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