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Should Ken Ofori-Atta Table A New 2022 Budget Before Parliament Or The Current Will Be Approved?

Following the travel of the Speaker of Parliament, Hon Alban Bagbin to Dubai for health review, a lot of questions and doubts still remains the 2022 budget.

It was disclosed on Wednesday, November 17th 2021 that all the 137 members from the Minority side rejected the motion to approve the budget after the Majority refused to come back to the chambers after staging a walkout because of Aseidu Nketiah.

The Majority Caucus in Parliament (NPP) are with the view that the budget has not been rejected and that it will be accepted again.

Analysis Of The Reality Of The Situation

If 1st Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Wusu presides in the absence of Speaker Bagbin to consider their misadventure of overturning the rejection of the budget, the NPP together with the independent MP should be 137.

With the 137 NDC MPs, the motion to overturn will be 137-137. The 1st Deputy Speaker does not have a casting vote since he will be presiding.The end result will be that the motion will fail.

If the 2nd Deputy Speaker presides, the numbers game will still not favor the NPP. Because it will be 137-137.

Simply it seems that the 2022 budget is gone forever. A possible Supreme Court will not even help them.

Assuming that the Supreme Court decides to sit now, to consider such an action on the basis of necessity, time is not on the side of the Government. It's almost the end of November and December is just here and soon the January of 2022.

The probably best thing is for the Financial Minister, Ken Ofori Atta to simply table a new budget for consideration. By that it will save time and end the brouhaha.

Validity Or Invalidity of The Minority Rejection

Order 109 says the Speaker requires 138 members at least before he can put a question. He may have a quorum to take questions and statements but he needs 138 to put a question. 

Any decision that is taken with less than 138 people in the chamber is void. People are arguing that Ghanaians should disregard the claim that the budget is rejected.

How can one person sitting in the public gallery of parliament, where the media and other citizens are seated cause the majority to abandon such an important sitting. 

In previous years, there have been several instanced where a bill or major decision beas taken with one side of Parliament abandon or walking a stage out. If that remains that the budget rejection may be on.

Whatever the case, is simple, the approval bof the 2022 budget for parliament will be difficult for now a Ken Ofori-Atta should consider amending the 2022 budget band present it to parliament.

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