Wednesday, 1st December 2021
CitizenOne can report that, the minority caucus has filed a motion in parliament seeking to set aside yesterday's ruling that approved the 2022 budget as economic policy.
Reporting for Mid-day Live on TV3, Kwabena Klutse said the minority leader Hon. Haruna Iddrisu who filed the motion this morning said the ruling was in error as members present were not up to what was required for such a decision to be taken. He argued that, the deputy speaker couldn't had counted himself as part of the MPs present as he lacked original or casting vote. He added that the decision was therefore taken by 137 MPs which fell short of the required 138 to take a major decision.
The MP for Tamale South mentioned that in the second republic, a similar decision was taken where one side of the house was absent leaving only the majority side to vote. However after voting had been done, it was declared 70:0 and the motion was declared lost because the number of MPs who were absent was 70.
But Hon. Kyei Mensah Bonsu disagreed with his colleague. According to him, the motion from the minority was not properly filed. He said for a motion that had the interest of the nation, the speaker should had been given prior notice. According to the MP for Suame, yesterday's ruling was carried out in the presence of 138 members because the speaker was also an MP. He argued that the fact that he was presiding didn't mean he had seized to be a representative of one particular constituency.
He said the Speaker didn't vote but couldn't be said to be absent.
Yesterday, Parliament approved a budget which it had rejected on Friday. The rejection was done in the absence of the majority group after they staged a walk out. In a similar vein the same budget was approved in the absence of the minority caucus who were absent.
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