The court system in the country, according to Sam Nartey George, Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, is “despicable.”
He was responding to the Supreme Court’s decision in a case brought before it to determine the validity of First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu’s participation in parliamentary voting while functioning as Speaker.
“The sham called Justice delivery in our Republic. Despicable!” he said in a tweet.
In a subsequent tweet, the outspoken MP challenged anyone who wanted to try to put this ruling into effect in the House of parliament and see if it would work.
“Abi we all go dey the Chamber inside. Come and give the referee the ball to play some let us see. The sweetness of the pudding is in its eating,” he tweeted.
The Supreme Court declared on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, that a Deputy Speaker of Parliament presiding over Parliamentary proceedings has the right to be counted in decision-making and to vote.
According to the Graphic, the court, headed by by Justice Jones Dotse, decided that the Deputy Speaker retains his ability to participate in decision-making based on a valid and proper reading of Articles 103 and 104 of the 1992 Constitution.
As a result, the court determined that the budget passed on November 30, 2021, was lawful since Joe Osei Owusu, the First Deputy Speaker, counted himself as part of the quorum.
In addition, the court ruled that order 109(3) of Parliament’s standing regulations, which barred a deputy speaker from voting while presiding, was unconstitutional.
The unanimous judgment came after the court dismissed a writ filed by a law lecturer, Justice Abdulai, disputing Mr Owusu’s choice to be counted as part of the quorum to pass the budget.
Justice Abdulai was asking the Supreme Court to interpret Articles 102 and 104 of the 1992 Constitution and declare Osei Owusu’s actions unlawful.
He also sought the Supreme Court to rule that the entire Parliamentary processes on November 30, 2021, that led to the passage of the 2022 budget, were illegal, claiming that the Deputy Speaker should not have considered himself as an MP when presiding over the proceedings.
The judgement was made by Justices Jones Dotse, Nene Amegatcher, Prof Ashie Kotey, Mariama Owusu, Lovelace Johnson, Clemence Honyenuga, and Emmanuel Kulendi.