The majority leader in parliament and minister for parliamentary affairs, Honourable Kyei Mensah Bonsu has expressed shock in the heavy loss of parliamentary seats by the NPP.
According to Kyei Mensah Bonsu, the NPP didn’t anticipate such a loss prior to the 2020 general elections.
The governing NPP went to the polls with 169 majority seats in parliament and as it stands, have lost close to 35 seats bringing their current seats to 137 as declared by the EC.
According to the majority leader, they anticipated some losses since the election was tipped to be heated. He estimated that they were expectant of 15o seats or more but the 137 seats they have with the opposition having 135 seats means more work needs to be done.
All in all, he noted that the move was good for democracy since it would keep the government and the ruling party on its toes to work even harder for 2024.
He also highlighted that there may be an opposition speaker of parliament but that shouldn’t affect the business of parliament since it champions democracy.
He said; “It also would mean that government would have to be much more consultative and reach out to the opposition much better we are used to and that could deepen democracy if we allow that to happen.
“We may have a Speaker come from the opposition party who really is for the good of democratic governance, and we could live with that. But if we have a Speaker who is entrenched on his own party line, it becomes difficult to run a government.”