Rt. Hon Alban S.K. Bagbin, Speaker of Parliament, has spoken in on the current dispute over a deputy speaker’s right to vote, which was revived by a recent Supreme Court judgment on the subject, calling the ruling “not merely an absurdity but a reckless encroachment into the mandate of Parliament.”
He also called President Akufo-reaction Addo’s to the decision “unfortunate and myopic.”
As a result, Mr. Bagbin wants the petitioner in the Supreme Court’s voting rights issue to seek a review of the 7-0 unanimous verdict.
The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, gave a verdict on the dispute about whether or not the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, when sitting in for the Speaker, can also exercise his right to vote as a Member of Parliament.
This contentious matter before the House resulted in the members on both sides trading blows when the Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu, acting as Speaker, in November last year decided to hand over to the Second Deputy Speaker in order to join a quorum and cast his vote on the 2022 budget by the Akufo-Addo government.
But in a unanimous decision, the seven-member panel ruled that a “Deputy Speaker is entitled to be counted as a member of Parliament for quorum” and can as well “vote and take part in the decision of parliament“, thereby affirming and legitimizing the approval of the 2022 Budget passed in the absence of the NDC Minority Caucus on November 30, 2021.
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