Former President John Dramani Mahama has described the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling that Deputy Speakers can vote while presiding in parliament as shocking but not surprising.
His comments follow the landmark ruling delivered by a 7-member panel at the apex court on Wednesday March 9, 2022.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a Deputy Speaker of Parliament can be counted during the formation of a quorum for parliamentary decision-making and participation in voting while presiding.
The Court presided over by Justice Jones Dotse, therefore, affirmed the approval of the 2022 budget without NDC MPs’ participation.
The court also struck out portions of the standing orders of parliament which reads
“A Deputy Speaker or any other member presiding shall not retain his original vote while presiding.”
But reacting in a tweet, Mr. Mahama described the ruling as a dangerous precedent judicial interference in the work if parliament.
In a tweet, he wrote “A unanimous 7-0? Shocking but not surprising.
An unfortunate interpretation for convenience that sets a dangerous precedent of judicial interference in Parliamentary procedure for the future.”