Bagbin encourages Justice Abdulai to seek review of SC ruling on Deputy Speakers voting rights

Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin and Justice Abdulai

The speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has encouraged the law Lecturer Justice Abdulai (Plaintiff), a Ghanaian citizen who challenged the voting rights of Deputy Speakers of Parliament to seek for a review of the Supreme Court’s ruling/judgement on the matter.

The case about the Deputy Speakers’ voting in parliament to form a quorum in parliament or have voting rights came through the filling of an application by a law Lecturer Justice Adbulai at the Supreme Court meant to challenge the voting rights of the 1st Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei-Owusu during the approval of the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy presented to Parliament by the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.

DOWNLOAD: Supreme Court’s Judgement on Deputy Speakers voting rights

In a statement issued by the Speaker on March 11, 2022, after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo commented on the ruling of the Court, said the decision of the SC is a reckless incursion into the remit of the Parliament.

“The issue being discussed is the political question doctrine.” he insisted

Indicating that a thorough review must go into the case for peace to prevail among the Legislative arm of government.

The speaker said “The trend of unanimity is equally troubling. It doesn’t help explore and expand the legal jurisprudence” therefore, the case must be reviewed to prevent  “a reckless incursion into the remit of the Parliament”

Akufo-Addo’s comment on SC ruling over Deputy Speakers voting rights is myopic, absurd, and unfortunate

The view of the Speaker from his address means the ruling of the Seven (7) panel Supreme Court (SC) Judges on the Deputy Speakers voting rights wasn’t the best and could distort the democratic development of the country.

“The impartiality of the Speaker, Deputy Speaker or Presiding Officer has been treasured and fought for by this country throughout our democratic development,” He said.



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