Parliament’s Majority and Minority caucuses; Speaker shall rule on vexed matters – Okudzeto Ablakwa

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Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

The debate regarding which side of the two major political parties thus; the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party forms Majority and Minority side is on the rise. Many believe that, the NDC forms Majority in the 8th Parliament since the Speaker Rt. Hon. Alban S.K. Bagbin falls on their side. Meanwhile, other commentators suggest that, the majority side should be given to the New Patriotic Party since the president elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo falls on their side.

In a contrary view, the Lawmaker of the North Tongu Constituency Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said, the majority side in Parliament will surely fall for the National Democratic Congress.

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According to him, though the ratio of MPs in Parliament did not specify the majority side, he believes that, Rt. Hon. Alban S.K. Bagbin can be relied upon to bring to bear his fountain of rich and unmatched legislative knowledge as he rules shortly on all these vexed matters.

He noted that, the Speaker shall use the Constitutional and Parliamentary regulations to rule the case in favour of the National Democratic Congress.

In a statement issued by Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa sighted by Coverghana.com.gh reads;

As the spotlight remains on the historic developments in Ghana’s 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic, I have keenly followed many interesting debates and multiple viewpoints about the implications of the current unprecedented and fascinating configuration of Parliament (137-137-1).

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Matters relating to whether there is a majority caucus properly so called; the formula for committee membership allocations; which side chairs committees requiring majority control; should chairmanship of committees be shared equally to reflect current realities and so on and so forth.

Only one man can settle this debate and that man is the Speaker of Parliament.

Standing Order 5 provides: In case of doubt, these Orders shall be interpreted by Mr. Speaker as he deems fit.

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Standing Order 6 presents even more authoritative clarity: In all cases not provided for in these Orders, Mr. Speaker shall make provisions as he deems fit.

As the courts have held, parliament is the master of its procedures. In addition to that, our Standing Orders confer on the Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament tremendous powers which are extremely difficult to challenge.

I have deep confidence that the Rt. Hon. Alban S.K. Bagbin, Ghana’s most experienced and most decorated legislator who has been a treasure trove to the august House and now having been elected Rt. Hon. Speaker can surely be relied upon to bring to bear his fountain of rich and unmatched legislative knowledge as he rules shortly on all these vexed matters.

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May God be his guide and may the supreme national interest be his inspiration.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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