The Minority Caucus have made another attempt to quash the approval of the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy by filing a motion on the conduct of the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu, in his ruling on the motion to overturn the approval of the 2022 budget.
The motion signed by the Minority Leader, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, requested the House to “sets aside the purported ruling of the 1st Deputy Speaker, Mr. Joseph Osei-Owusu, MP delivered on Wednesday, 1st December 2021 against the motion moved by the Hon. Minority Leader, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu and seconded by the Hon. Member of Bawku Central, Mr. Mahama Ayariga, as captured on page 9 of the votes and proceedings of Wednesday, 1st December, 2021.”
The Minority Caucus believes that the Second Deputy Speaker, Mr Joseph Osei Owusu, erred in the manner he handled proceedings during the approval of the budget by a one sided House without the Minority, as well as during the initial move to set aside the approval.
Below is the motion by the Minority;
This comes after the Bekwai MP who is also the First Deputy Speaker shot down the motion after admission, secondment and debate amidst chaos in the chamber last week.
The minority contends the first deputy speaker ought to have put a question on the motion for the House to decide instead of proceeding to rule.
Records of proceedings for the day reflected the speaker’s ruling was cut short as a result of the chaos.
However, Joseph Osei-Owusu directed for the records to be amended insisting he ruled dismissing the motion moved by Minority leader Haruna Iddrisu.
The Speaker’s position was however challenged by the Minority leader who insisted the deputy speaker had not powers within the standing orders to rule on a motion which had been debated.
An earlier motion by the Minority to to quash the approval of the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy has failed.