Ho West MP Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah in turn around

BY: Musah Yahaya Jafaru
Member of Parliament for Ho West in the Volta Region, Mr Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah
Member of Parliament for Ho West in the Volta Region, Mr Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah

News reaching the Daily Graphic indicate that the Member of Parliament for Ho West in the Volta Region, Mr Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, who wrote to the Speaker of Parliament yesterday informing him of his decision to quit his parliamentary seat has made a quick turn around.

As at the time of going to press, Mr Bedzrah, who is serving his third term in Parliament since coming to the House on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2009, is said to have rescinded his decision to resign as a parliamentarian.

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The opposition NDC lawmaker had written to Speaker of Parliament, Prof Mike Oquaye about his intention to resign following a disagreement he had with the national leadership of his party over the suspension of polls in his constituency.

The NDC is holding its nationwide constituency polls on Saturday, June 23, 2018 but 17 constituencies, according to a statement earlier released by the leadership of the party, have been suspended from the polls.

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It was gathered that the Ranking Member of the Government Assurance Committee later rescinded his decision after General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, intervened to resolve the issue around the suspension of the polls in the Ho West.

According to the sources, leaders of the Minority Caucus had earlier been in touch with Mr Bedzrah to try to prevail on him to change his mind.

Mr Nketia later confirmed in a radio interview with Accra based Class FM that the MP has decided to remain in office.

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In the event that he had vacated his seat, it would have triggered the conduct of a by-election in the Ho West Constituency.

The NDC is likely to retain the seat because it is one of the so-called safe seats for the party.

The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) controls more seats than the NDC in Parliament — the NDC has 106, while the NPP has 169.