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Quorum is determined by the number of members present in Parliament, not in the Chamber – Bagbin

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Dec 16, 2021 , ,

A quorum is constituted by the MPs present in Parliament, not on the floor or in the Chamber, according to Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin.

Alban Bagbin made this remark in Parliament on Thursday, after returning from medical leave and addressing the members of the House.

The Speaker claims that his statement complies with Articles 102 and 104 of the 1992 Constitution.

He noted occasions in which former members of the House questioned what constitutes a quorum in the context of Parliament.

“It is important to reiterate the remarks of the then Majority Leader, Hon. Paapa Owusu-Ankomah, who cautioned that the issue of quorum be looked at because members could be present at Committee meetings and conducting Parliamentary business, but not present on the House Floor and thus not counted for the purpose of forming a quorum.”

The premise of Hon. Paapa Owusu-Ankomah is considered from a legal standpoint. Quorum is determined by the number of members present in Parliament, not by the number of members present on the floor or in the Chamber. “See Articles 102, 104, and so on,” he said.

Alban Bagbin, speaking for the first time on the Minority-only House’s rejection of the budget, which he presided, claimed the House was properly constituted to make the decision.

He went on to say that the Majority’s claim that he behaved outside of the Constitution is surprising.

“The decision taken on November 30, 2021, which stated I behaved outside of the Constitution when I asked a question about the Government’s 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy, appears unusual to me.”

The House was lawfully constituted for business and voting purposes in conformity with Articles 102 and 104, respectively, and the public record of the House’s Votes and Proceedings on November 26th gives credence to this stance,” he stated.

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