Parliament has rejected the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy which was presented by the Finance Minister last week.

The delivery of the budget on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, was in accordance with Article 179 of the 1992 constitution.

As reported earlier, Parliament was scheduled to hold final debate on the budget and vote for its approval or disapproval.

In the conduct of the business of the day, the Majority side of the House staged walkout but that did not prevent the House from continuing with the business of the day.

The Majority MPs staged the walkout after a disagreement over a voice vote which did not go in their favour.

A last-minute request by the Finance Minister to meet with the leadership of the House was turned down by MPs after the Speaker of Parliament announced that the ‘Nos’ had won the voice vote.

Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo Markin, thus challenged the Speaker’s interpretation of the voice vote and called for a ‘division’.

The Rt. Hon. Speaker, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin subsequently directed that, per the orders of the House, non-MPs had to vacate the Chamber during the division process.

“As the Speaker, I will do all I can, not allow the government to obstruct or frustrate parliament in its lawful duty. That is a pledge to the people of Ghana, and there is a reason why the good people of Ghana elected this parliament. It is hung parliament of 137-137, the independent who decided to do business with one side of the majority, there is no majority party in this house. This is a new beginning, where for the first time, a Majority has walked out from its own business”, Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin stated.

They later claimed that the presence of the General Secretarry of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia in the Public Gallery of Parliament is the reason for staging their walkout.

Source: InsiderGH.com

           

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