Momentum is building up between both the majority and minority caucuses ahead of the sitting of Parliament tomorrow, November 30. With the purported rejection of the Economic Policy and Financial Statement of government for the 2022 financial year. The majority, in a press conference they organized in reaction to the rejection of the budget, did indicate that that, the processes that led to the rejection of the budget were illegal, and in due that, they shall constitute Parliament, headed by another Speaker to approve the budget.
The minority on the other hand argue that, with the absence of the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Kingsford Bagbin, who has traveled to the United Arab Emirates for medical examination, means one of the two deputy speakers will preside over the house in his stead, and this will not give the majority the required 138 number of Members of Parliament to pass the budget since the one who presides over proceedings in the house does not have a vote.
But reacting to this, Paul Adom Otchere, the host of Good Evening Ghana, rebuffed the claims of the minority. According to him, the governing New Patriotic Party got what it takes to undo what he called the illegal rejection of the budget, and pass the budget. In his explanation, he explained that the 1992 Constitution states categorically that the Speaker of Parliament cannot be a Member of Parliament, hence he is exempted from all duties of a Member of Parliament, which includes voting. However, the deputy speakers are elected Members of Parliament who must discharge all duties of a Member of Parliament in the house, including voting, even if he presides over proceedings in the house.
Effectively, Paul Adom Otchere argued that, if both the majority and minority caucuses can marshall all their members to the house tomorrow, the New Patriotic Party can annulled what transpired in Parliament on Friday, and go ahead to pass the budget with 138 Members of Parliament even if the minority caucus decides to stage a walkout.
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