How Bagbin asked MPs to go to court over Deputy Speakers’ democratic privileges on Feb. 15

High Court gives over milestone administering on Deputy Speakers

Minority communicates firm resistance to decision permitting Deputy Speakers to cast a ballot

Greater part and administration celebrate vote as triumph for a vote based system

On February 15, 2022; Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin got back to the House after a clinical test in the United Arab Emirates.

He left Accra for Dubai on January 29 and had returned to manage sittings. Whenever he showed up in the chamber and after the supplication meeting, he got serious.

Bagbin read two late bits of correspondence from the administration comparative with movements by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo illuminating him (the House besides) about movements to Ethiopia for the Ordinary Session of the African Union and a 10-day official excursion across Europe and to Guyana.

Bagbin then, at that point, continued to clarify why there was the need to smooth out channels of correspondence particularly from the Presidency to the House as well as the other way around.

It carried him to an effective point at the time comparative with regardless of whether Deputy Speakers ought to have casting a ballot rights. He asked MPs to work at looking for translation of existing standards from the courts.

“Along these lines, I would need to encourage you all to in any case keep on keeping up with composed minds. Allow us to thoroughly consider these issues together and observe answers for a portion of the theoretical difficulties that the Constitution has forced on the country,” he expressed.

What Bagbin said in full:

“Taking into account the way that there are issues about Deputy Speaker, whether he is acting Speaker, his entitlement to cast a ballot or not to cast a ballot. I’m glad that a few Members of Parliament are engaged with attempting to get explanation on these protected issues from the courts.

“Some of you have continued by giving unique writs at the courts for translation; they are inviting improvements in light of the fact that toward the day’s end, we will be directed on these issues.

“These are new grounds, and this is an ideal time for us to learn and enhance our framework. Thus, I would need to ask you all to in any case keep on keeping up with calm attitudes.

Allow us to thoroughly consider these issues together and observe answers for a portion of the theoretical difficulties that the Constitution has forced on the country.”

Watch his presentation below between 13:40 seconds – 15 minutes mark

Contemporary foundation: SC administering and resistance fightback

Following debate over the dismissal and later endorsement of the 2022 financial plan by uneven Caucuses of the eighth Parliament, a private legitimate expert, Justice Abdulai, documented a body of evidence against at the Attorney General at the Supreme Court.

He supplicated the Court to decipher two Articles – 102 and 104 – of the 1992 Constitution and by so doing to proclaim the procedures in Parliament on November 30, 2021, which prompted the section of the 2022 Budget and Economic Policy as illegal.

He explicitly referred to the way that the Presiding Speaker, First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei-Owusu, had counted his vote notwithstanding going about as Speaker.

Nonetheless, with regards to the State, the Attorney-General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, contended that there was no express arrangement in the 1992 Constitution that stops a Deputy Speaker directing procedures from casting a ballot or considering himself some portion of MPs present to frame the right majority.

The Minority have explicitly dismissed the choice with Leader Haruna Iddrisu alluding to it as disgusting to the arrangements in Article 102 and 104.

“The Court’s decision appropriately catches the legal help for the Electronic Transaction Levy (E-demand), for a striving economy in distress,” he said.


“The Judiciary of Ghana is likewise bombing Ghana’s parliamentary majority rules government in their failure to see the value in the genuine importance of Article 110 of the 1992 Constitution that Parliament will, by Standing Orders, control its own procedures.”

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, on March 11, 2022 gave an assertion responding to the two different arms of government – the Judiciary (by means of the Supreme Court) and to the Executive (explicitly President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo).

Bagbin’s assertion was delivered by means of Parliament’s true Facebook page 48 hours after the Supreme Court gave over a milestone administering on the democratic freedoms of Deputy Speakers of Parliament.

It likewise came scarcely 24 hours after President Akufo-Addo had officially remarked on the decision that said Deputy Speakers could cast a ballot and structure part of majority for business in the House.

The decision likewise struck out a part of Parliament’s Standing Orders that banned Deputy Speakers from casting a ballot.

GhanaWeb takes a gander at the significant issues Bagbin tended to

Inspiration to remark

The Speaker proposed that he would conventionally had remained off remarking on the issue yet for Akufo-Addo’s remark where he explicitly said Parliament was not exempt from the rules that everyone else follows and shouldn’t go about accordingly.


“I have opposed the enticement of saying something on the judgment of the Supreme Court on the issue of the democratic freedoms of Deputy Speakers while managing. In any case, the awful and nearsighted remark of the President has constrained me to let it out,” the assertion read.

Searing assessment on the decision

Among others, Bagbin utilized words like ludicrous, crazy, upsetting to depict the decision of the Justice Jones Dotse-drove seat.

“The SC choice, is no doubt, a ridiculousness as well as a careless attack into the transmit of Parliament. The pattern of unanimity is similarly upsetting. It doesn’t help investigate and grow our lawful law,” the assertion noticed.

Read the full ruling of the Supreme Court below:

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