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Why Deputy Speaker Made The Deciding Vote How NDC Could Constitutionally Take Him On

Parliament today met and approved the rejected budget presented to parliament by the finance minister. It was said that the presiding speaker, the deputy speaker made the deciding vote to finalize the decision and approve the budget.

An MP can't be a Speaker, that was why in 2013 Doe Adjaho resigned as MP when he was nominated as Speaker. 

All MPs have voting rights but if one is selected to Preside for the interim he loses the original voting right so he enjoys some privileges over all other members present. However, if there is a tie, he will vote because he is representing a constituency and they must have a say.

What is explicit in order 109(3) is that the MP who presides has No Original Voting Right. So this is why the presiding speaker made the vote.

However, the National Democratic Congress can take them on because they can be wrong in their reasons. Even where a Speaker casts a deciding vote the Westminster tradition is that the Speaker must vote to promote further debate. He must not vote for change. These are very complicated matters.

So what they NDC can use is that the speaker could have voted to further the budget for debates than to make the deciding vote.

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