The General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party, John Boadu has expressed his optimism that the three Members of Parliament whose names have been submitted to the Privileges Committee would be cleared.
The three; the Dome-Kwabenya MP, Sarah Adwoa Safo, Ayawaso Central MP, Henry Quartey and Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong were hauled before the Privileges Committee by the Speaker after breaching the 15-day absence rule in Parliament.
Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express, John Boadu noted that all three involved had sought permission from the appropriate authorities prior to absenting themselves from the house.
He admitted that even though they had breached the 15-day absence rule, he believed they had justifiable reasons to do so.
He said, “I don’t think the party will have any other position than to canvass the position of the fact that all of them sought permission before staying outside. They did. And I know they also know.
“Because I have heard statement to the effect that for instance in Adwo Safo’s case, the son needed a surgery or something and that ensure that we she has to stay further than she agreed to stay.”
He added that “We’re running a democracy and there’s the need for us to set examples for our people. If you decide to be a parliamentarian, you must know the rules, and you must also abide by the rules.
“And if there are instances where there’s the need for you to seek permission before you leave, it should be done. So for us as a party we believe that it’s not something that’s going to affect us greatly.”
Concerning the outcome of the Committee’s deliberations, John Boadu noted that “I expect that [they’ll be cleared].”
He, however, welcomed the parliamentary process being undertaken stating that it was a good way to test the law.
“It is good the process is being tested, and for us as a party, whatever the outcome we’ll embrace it and work with it.”