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Akufo-Addo Breaks Silence On Supreme Court’s Ruling On Deputy Speakers’ Voting Rights

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President Nana Akufo-Addo says the amicable decision taken by the Supreme Court, in its ruling of Wednesday, 9th March 2022, on the voting rights of Deputy Speakers, should put the matter to rest.

According to President Akufo-Addo, he was surprised by the rampage generated on whether Deputy Speakers of Parliament could bounce once they were presiding in the chamber.

Speaking to the Daily Guide Newspaper, President Nana Ado said, “as far as I can see it, and I think the Supreme Court has confirmed it, the matters involved in this are open and shut, they are black and white. There can be no dispute about the issues that the gentleman took to the Supreme Court.”

Referring to Articles 102, 104 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana which states it clear, “in black and white”, that the Deputy Speakers when they are presiding have the right to participate in the vote of the Parliament.

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“Indeed, and I believe that is part of the reasoning of the Court, all the Legislatures of the world, where the presiding person is a Member of the Legislature, like our Deputy Speakers, are, like the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the USA or the President pro tempore of the Senate in the US, or the Speaker of the British Parliament have the right to speak because they are Members of the Assembly,” President Akufo-Addo said.

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The President of Ghana further added that, “Our Speaker is expressly not a Member of the Assembly, that is why he doesn’t have the right to vote. In fact, he really ought not to participate in the deliberations of the House, he is a referee making sure that the debate is conducted properly, or the orders of the House are complied with. That is his role. But he ought, strictly speaking, not to be part of the proceedings of the House. That is not the case with the Deputy Speakers, and that matter is transparent on the face of our Constitution”.

Nana Akufo-Addo indicated that indeed the Presiding Members in the country’s District Assemblies have the right to caste their vote because they’re members of the Assembly.

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