John Mahama reacts to Supreme Court ruling over Deputy Speakers voting rights

Former President John Dramani Mahama and Justice Kwesi Anin-Yeboah
Former President John Dramani Mahama and Justice Kwesi Anin-Yeboah

Former President John Dramani Mahama has expressed shock over the Supreme Court ruling on the voting rights of Deputy Speakers in Parliament while presiding.

According to John Dramani Mahama, the ruling given by the unanimous 7-0 judges is shocking but not surprising.

On 9th March, 2022, the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice, Justice Kwesi Anin-Yeboah has ruled that, Deputy Speakers have their voting rights while presiding over proceedings in the absence of the Speaker in Parliament

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The ruling came after a law Lecturer Justice Adbulai has filed a case at the Supreme Court challenging 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 Ken Ofori-Atta.

Justice Adbulai, has sought for a declaration that, it’s unconstitutional for Deputy Speaker of Parliament, to have counted himself to make up the quorum during the approval of the budget.

The Supreme Court ruling has backed the Deputy Speaker saying, he has the voting rights while presiding over a matter.

But, according to the 2020 Presidential Candidate of opposition National Democratic Congress cum former President of the Republic of Ghana, said, the Supreme Court ruling is an unfortunate interpretation for convenience that sets a dangerous precedent of judicial interference in Parliamentary procedure for the future.

It appears that, the Supreme Court ruling has contravene the Standing Orders of Legislative House which says “Article 109 (3) of the Standing Orders of Parliament says, a Deputy Speakers or any other Member presiding shall not retain his original vote while presiding.”

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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