The Supreme Court of Ghana has set March 9, 2022 to decide whether a Deputy Speaker who is presiding in the absence of the Speaker can participate in voting.
This comes after First Deputy Speaker, Mr. Joseph Osei-Owusu who was presiding over the House in the absence of Speaker Alban Bagbin sided with the Majority Caucus in Parliament to overturn an earlier vote of the House rejecting the 2022 ‘Agyenkwa’ budget.
Hon. Osei-Owusu on November 30 whilst presiding over the House voted to overturn an earlier vote which was taken by the Minority Caucus, conducted by Alban Bagbin.
The first Deputy Speaker on February 22, 2022 dismissed another motion that had been admitted by the Speaker praying the House to constitute a bi-partisan Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry into government’s covid-19 expenditure.
A lawyer cum law lecturer, Justice Abdulai subsequent to the November 30, 2021 clash between Speaker Bagbin and his First Deputy, invited the Supreme Court to pronounce as unconstitutional, Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu’s action of counting himself for the purposes of quorum.
He argued in the context of articles 102 and 104 of the 1992 Constitution that the Deputy Speaker was not permitted to count himself for the purposes of quorum, since he had neither an original nor a casting vote as Speaker presiding.