President Akufo-Addo has reacted to the Supreme Court’s ruling that Deputy Speakers have the right to vote when presiding to be counted to form a quorum in the chamber.
According to him, he was ”extremely surprised” when noise was generated over the decision by the First Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei Owusu to be counted when he presided over the sitting, which saw the ruling disapprove of the 2022 budget statement and the approval of the same.
To him, the noise generated around the issue was needless because the constitutional provision was clear that deputy speakers have the right to vote when presiding.
He argued that there could be no dispute about the issue, and it is clear in the constitution that persons who disagree must read the constitution to be clear.
He was happy the Supreme Court has brought finality to the matter.
He described the unanimous decision by the court as the ”most emphatic way” to arrive at the final decision.