• Fri. Aug 5th, 2022

Supreme court ruling: Seek review on ‘regrettable’ Deputy Speakers vote – Mahama urge plaintiff

Former President John Dramani Mahama has stated that he expects Justice Abdulai to request a review of the Supreme Court’s decision on Wednesday, which upheld the rights of Deputy Speakers to vote while preside over sessions.

After the First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu, attempted to vote during a sitting he was presiding over, Mr Abdulai, a law lecturer and legal practitioner, went to the Supreme Court for interpretation on articles 102 and 104 of the 1992 Constitution.

Mr Osei Owusu, a Member of Parliament for Bekwai Constituency, was found constitutional by a seven-member Supreme Court panel chaired over by Justice Jones Dotse on Wednesday, March 9.

The vote, which also repealed several sections of Parliament’s Standing Order 109, was unanimous.

However, in a series of comments, Mr Mahama has questioned the ruling’s foundation.

He claimed that the decision sets a dangerous precedent for interfering with parliamentary activity and that it has the potential to drive the chamber into “absurdity.”

In a Facebook post on Sunday, the former president stated that he is looking forward to the applicant’s review.

“This judgment is disappointing, and I anticipate the applicant requesting a review of this ruling,” he said at the end of the piece.

Despite the fact that all seven Supreme Court justices voted in favor of the ruling, the plaintiff has already hinted at seeking a judicial review.

“I am disappointed that Ghanaians have been given this decision,” stated a lecturer at the University of Professional Studies in Accra (UPSA).

“When the report comes out, we can go back.” When the report is released, there may be a review. If they change their minds, that’s OK; if they don’t and want us to accept it, that’s fine.”

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