The Minority in Parliament is upset by the decision of the First Deputy Speaker, Joe Osei Owusu after he included himself in the total number of Members of Parliament (MPs) in the House before having the motion for the rescission of the rejection of the 2022 Budget moved.
A headcount by Parliament shows that there were 137 Majority members but the acting Speaker, Joseph Osei- Owusu said he was also present making the total members in the House 138.
According to the Minority caucus, this is not only disappointing but also in clear breach of the parliamentary standing orders.
“The majority say they respect the constitution and the standing orders of the House, today I am particularly disappointed in the conduct of the First Deputy Speaker having to include himself and to exercise himself to meet their mandatory defined 138 without recourse or respect to the standing orders and the 1992 constitution. Standing order 109 is on voting”. Minority Leader said
“The Speaker for the day, Joe Osei Owusu, MP for Bekwai had no locus to count himself among the MPs therefore as far as we are concerned, today’s vote reflected another 137. The deputy speaker. They were not 138 but 137. They have set and precedent that will come and haunt them in the future”, he added.
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