Sammy Gyemfi, the National Communication Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress has stated that, as it stands now, the 2022 budget is rejected. Sammy Gyemfi said this in reaction to the events that transpired in Parliament on Tuesday, November 26, and Friday, November 30.
Speaking on the Good Morning Ghana Show today ( December 2), the outspoken NDC communicator explained that, the rejection of the budget on Tuesday, November 26, by the minority satisfied the requirements of the Standing Orders of the house and hence was grounded in law. He pointed out that, according to the Standing Order 109, the house needs at least half of the Members of Parliament to be present to form a quorum to make a decision and the hansard of Parliament on the day, indicates 274 members of Parliament were present. So to him, the budget was constitutionally rejected.
Reacting to the subsequent setting aside of the rejection of the budget and approving same, Sammy Gyemfi stated that it was illegal. He pointed out that, the majority did not have the 138 Members of Parliament they required to form a quorum to make a decision, since Honourable Joe Osei-Owusu who presided over proceedings is exempted from forming part of the quorum by law. Sammy Gyemfi asserted that there is nowhere in the constitution that a Deputy Speaker is allowed to exercise the right of an MP when he is presiding even if he is a Member of Parliament.
"The long and short of this is that as we speak now, the 2022 "awudie" budget stands rejected", he said.
Meanwhile, Parliament has apologized to Ghanaians for the unpleasant scenes in the house that characterized proceedings in the house on Wednesday, December 1. In an interview with Joy TV, the Director of Public Affairs of Parliament, Kate Addo “We apologize for what may not sit well with people, we promise that as much as possible, we will work bearing in mind the nuances and cultural sensibilities of the people that we serve.”While what is happening may not be the best, we pray that we don’t see things like that in our Parliament.
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