Sammy Gyemfi, the National Communication Director of the National Democratic Congress, has chided the first deputy speaker of Parliament, Honourable Joe Osei-Owusu over his conduct in Parliament, yesterday, December 1, when the latter presided over proceedings in the house. Speaking on the Good Morning Ghana Show, today ( December 2), Sammy Gyemfi described as "most shameful" the ruling of the "acting" Speaker of Parliament on a motion moved by the minority to have the approval of the 2022 budget set aside.
Sammy Gyemfi explained that the Standing Orders of Parliament clearly stipulate that, when a motion is moved on the floor of the house, the Speaker has the right to admit the motion. The motion is then seconded and debated; after which the Speaker does not have the authority to rule but allow a vote and subsequently announce the verdict of the vote.
So to Sammy Gyemfi, it was wrong for the Speaker of Parliament, Right Honourable Joe Osei-Owusu, to have admitted Honourable Haruna Iddrisu's motion, allowed Honourable Mahama Ayariga to second the motion, only for him( the Speaker) to rule on the motion and not allow the Members of Parliament to vote on it.
"I think in all these, the motion shameful conduct of all, was the conduct of the first deputy speaker, Honourable Joe Osei-Owusu, and I say that without any apologies to him. His conduct yesterday was shameful, not even a class one pupil will do what he did because everybody who has read the Standing Orders of Parliament knows when a motion is a motion is moved on the floor, the Speaker has the right to admit the motion. If it is admitted, it seconded, it is debated, the Speaker cannot rule, he has to put it to a vote", he stressed.
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