Kobina Adansi Asokwa Member of Parliament Tahir Hammond is unhappy with the Minority in Parliament, particularly their harsh stance on quorum to conduct business and make decisions.
Three of the House’s previous four sessions had to be adjourned due to a lack of quorum, particularly during decision-making.
Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, a South Dayi MP, lodged an objection to the chamber’s business continuing this week, alleging a lack of quorum in light of a Supreme Court judgement on the voting rights of Deputy Speakers and the creation of quorum on March 9, 2022.
Following Dafeamekpor’s submission, KT Hammond answered by explaining why it wasn’t always the case that MPs on the opposing side had to argue about the law’s commonsense and logical nature.
“It’s commonsensical, it’s commonsensical,” says the speaker. Mr. Speaker, the law is never reasonable or commonsensical in its entirety. I recall a circumstance where someone told Lord Denning that the law is nonsensical, and he responded by saying, “When did anyone ever suggest the law was logical?”
“There are some components of the law that are completely contrary to common sense, yet it is the law.” So don’t mix the two up, don’t conflate the two,” he said.
He went on to say that the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs were misinterpreting the Supreme Court order before telling them to do whatever they pleased with Parliament and inform the Majority Group when they were through.
“Allow’s stick to him, he won’t let us do any work because we don’t have 90 plus or whatever,” he said before returning to his seat. “Take this Parliament, do anything you want with this Parliament when you are tired, let us know,” he said.
On March 9, the Supreme Court issued a major judgement establishing that, contrary to Parliament’s Standing Orders, Deputy Speakers could vote and be counted to form a quorum while presiding in the House.
The Minority has vehemently opposed the verdict and has threatened to contest its implementation in the House.
They have also asked that more than half of the members be present in the Chamber before any decision is made, a circumstance that has prompted three of the last four sittings to be adjourned.