The Members of Parliament from the Minority Caucus have described the purported approval of the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 as a constitutional nullity.

According to them, the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Joseph Osei Owusu, who presided over the House on behalf of Speaker Alban Bagbin, has no right to count himself as MP or hold himself as such while presiding over the House.

This comes after the First Deputy Speaker counted himself as an MP to help the Majority Caucus to get the needed Majority (138) for a decision to be taken as outlined by the Constitution and the Standing Orders of the House.

“Honorable members, the numbers presented to me by the Clerks at table is 137 of you plus me, MP for Bekwai, 138. Honourable members, for the avoidance of doubt. Let me read out the Constitutional requirement, so that there is no confusion as to who can vote…what numbers are required to vote to take a decision. Article 104 (1) except as otherwise provided in the constitution matters of parliament shall be determined by the majority of members present and voting,” the First Deputy Speaker stated.

“The majority of members present and voting with at least half of all members of parliament present. What this means is that before you take a decision the must be at least majority of all members present. With me we are 138 members. That’s a majority,” the First Deputy Speaker explained.

In a press conference after the approval on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, the Minority noted that since the First Deputy Speaker was presiding over the House, he has no business to count himself as an MP like he did.

According to the Minority, the Majority Group that approved the budget today did not have the sufficient number to approve the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy.

They also revealed that the First Deputy Speaker’s action was an affront on the Office of the Speaker because the First Deputy Speaker has no power to overturn his boss, the Speaker’s ruling.

The Minority Caucus stressed that going forward, cooperation will suffer and that they[NDC MPs] will subject every decision in the House to a vote.

Source: InsiderGH.com

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