The seven Supreme Court Judges who ruled on Deputy Speakers voting rights case

His Lordship Justice Emmanuel Yonny Kulendi, His Lordship Justice Jones Dotse and Her Ladyship Justice Avril Lovelace-Johnson
His Lordship Justice Emmanuel Yonny Kulendi, His Lordship Justice Jones Dotse and Her Ladyship Justice Avril Lovelace-Johnson

The Supreme Court of the Republic of Ghana has unanimously ruled that a Deputy Speaker or any member can vote and be part of quorum for decision making when presiding over proceedings in the Legislative House of Parliament.

This decision was taken by a seven (7) panel of Supreme Court Judges on Wednesday, 9th March, 2022.

According to the unanimous 7:0 ruling of the Supreme Court, the vote of Deputy Speakers who assumes the Speaker’s role to preside over a matter must be counted.

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This ruling came following an application filed by a law Lecturer Justice Adbulai 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.

In determining the case, the Apex Court has strike out the application and ruled in favor of the 1st Deputy Speaker, that, he has a legimate voting rights while presiding over proceedings in Parliament.

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Meanwhile 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.”

Coverghana.com.gh, has conducted a thorough research and hereby present to you the seven (7) panel Supreme Court Judges who heard and ruled the Deputy Speakers of Parliament voting rights case.

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The seven panel Supreme Court Judges who heard and ruled the Deputy Speakers voting rights case are;

1. His Lordship Justice Jones Dotse.

2. His Lordship Justice Nene Abayaateye Ofoe Amegatcher.

3. His Lordship Justice Prof. Emmanuel Nii Ashie Kotey.

4. Her Ladyship Justice Mariama Owusu

5. Her Ladyship Justice Avril Lovelace-Johnson.

6. His Lordship Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga.

7. His Lordship Justice Emmanuel Yonny Kulendi

 

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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