The Supreme Court’s decision is likely to worsen current parliamentary tensions – Haruna Iddrisu

Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader in Parliament, has stated that the Supreme Court’s decision to enable Deputy Speakers to vote while presiding over House proceedings is likely to intensify the current parliamentary tensions.

 

 

According to him, the verdict is causing tension among his members, which would impede the formation of a government-wide consensus.

 

If this is proven to be the case, he goes on to say that it “may be catastrophic for rule, administration, and government.”

 

“I believe that President Akufo-Addo and the majority leadership in Ghana must embrace the obvious fact of the country’s constitutional transformation.” They don’t have the comfort of numbers now that we have a hung Parliament. Rather than living under the false sense of a Minority tyranny, they need to consult more, deepen dialogue, and move toward cooperation. We’re not telling them what to do; we’re just suggesting that they should involve us more and engage us to obtain our buy-in, but not through such a disappointing ruling,” he said. Parliamentary operations were paused on Monday, December 20, 2021, due to a stalemate between Members of Parliament from both parties.

 

The commotion began when the First Deputy Speaker allegedly attempted to give his position to the Second Deputy Speaker so that he may participate in the continuing voting process.

 

Following the incident, Parliament adjourned until January 25, effectively ending any attempt to pass or reject the E-levy Bill.

 

In a unanimous judgment, the Supreme Court upheld a Deputy Speaker’s right to vote while presiding over the House.

 

Former President Mahama described the decision as startling, and it has left the two main political parties – NPP and NDC – badly split.

 

Mr. Iddrisu argued that the Supreme Court’s decision is “an endeavor and effort to regulate Parliament and how Parliament conducts its business.”

 

“In my opinion, it violates the language and spirit of Article 110 of the 1992 Constitution, and there is something wrong,” he said.

 

Meanwhile, in the interests of national progress, President Akufo-Addo has asked for the problem to be resolved.

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