The Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin says, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s comments on the seven (7) panel Supreme Court Judges ruling over Deputy Speakers voting rights while presiding is myopic, absurd, and unfortunate.
In a statement, Speaker of the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana explained that, he has resisted the temptation of making a comment on the judgment of the Supreme Court on the issue of the voting rights of Deputy Speakers when presiding. But the unfortunate and myopic comment of the President has compelled him to let it out.
According to Alban Bagbin, the Supreme Court (SC) decision, is to say the least, not only an absurdity but a reckless incursion into the remit of Parliament.
“The trend of unanimity is equally troubling. It doesn’t help explore and expand our legal jurisprudence.” The Speaker said,
He further said, the President’s comment is myopic and unfortunately. It only goes to worsen the schism between the Executive and Parliament.
“The impartiality of the Speaker, Deputy Speaker or Presiding Officer has been tresusured and fought for by this country throughout our democratic development.”
“Mr President, the issue being discussed is not about Parliament being above the law. Everyone knows that Parliament is not above the law. The Executive and the Judiciary are equally not above the law. The issue being discussed is the political question doctrine. It took centuries to detail out the strands of this doctrine and the principles are settled as to when and how this closed book could be opened.”
Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, after condemning President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s comment and the SC ruling has encourage the Plaintiff to go for a review.