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I Am Not Speaker, Joe Wise Rules On A Motion Without Voting

Wednesday, 1st December 2021

The minority caucus in parliament has raised concerns over the posture of the first deputy speaker of parliament Hon. Joseph Osei Owusu of Bekwai.

Addressing a press conference this afternoon, the leader of the minority Hon. Haruna Iddrisu said the first deputy speaker is chewing more than he can swallow. He said he filed a motion at the floor of parliament to have the ruling of yesterday overturned and the deputy speaker sitting in as speaker ruled on it without taking it through due process.

He educated the media that, motions are not meant to be ruled on. According to the MP for Tamale South, motions are supposed to be debated and voted on. But realising that the NPP side didn't have the numbers, the deputy speaker decided to rule on the motion without allowing members to vote on it. This the minority found to be unconstitutional and an insult to due process. He said the entire house was in a shock as the speaker did the unthinkable.

He served notice that henceforth, all NPP MPs should avail themselves in parliament because, "every decision shall go through voting and by voting, I mean headcount. We are all learning our lessons and we shall advise ourselves appropriately", he stated

This morning, the NDC MP for Tamale South filed a motion to have the budget approval ruling overturned. He argued that the decision of the presiding speaker to include himself as members present was wrong thereby making the whole exercise unconstitutional.

But the majority side disagreed. According to Joe Gartey, the deputy speaker does loses his vote the moment he occupies the seat but not his position as an MP. He therefore called on the speaker not to change his mind on his earlier ruling.

After the debate was concluded, the speaker decided to rule. In his ruling, he stated that the deputy speaker is not the same as speaker. Therefore article 104 and order 109 of standing orders do not apply to him. He based on that to dismiss the motion.


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