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'A unanimous 7-0? Shocking but not surprising' - Mahama reacts to Supreme Court ruling

John Dramani Mahama

Thu, 10 Mar 2022 Source: www.ghanaweb.com

John Mahama reacts to latest Supreme Court ruling

Court rules that presiding Deputy Speaker can vote

Mahama described ruling as 'dangerous precedent of judicial interference'

Former President John Dramani Mahama has reacted to recent ruling by the Supreme Court affirming that a presiding Deputy Speaker is allowed to vote.

According to the 2020 flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, NDC, the decision was "shocking but not surprising."

He described the 7 - 0 decision by the Justice Jones Dotse-led panel as follows: "An unfortunate interpretation for convenience that sets a dangerous precedent of judicial interference in Parliamentary procedure for the future."

The Supreme Court on Wednesday, March 9, 2022; delivered a ruling that affirmed that a deputy Speaker of Parliament retains their vote even when they are presiding over the House.


A seven-member panel of the apex court via a unanimous decision handed down the ruling which also declared parts of Parliament's Standing Orders as unconstitutional.

The Justices who sat on the issue, according to a myjoyonline report were as follows:

Justice Jones Dotse - leader of the panel

Justice Nene Amegatcher

Justice Prof Ashie Kotey

Justice Mariama Owusu,

Justice Lovelace Johnson

Justice Clemence Honyenuga

Justice Emmanuel Kulendi

The Justice Jones Dotse-led panel by their ruling affirmed that the events of December 1, 2021 that saw Joseph Osei-Owusu, the First Deputy Speaker, count himself whiles presiding to support the approval of the 2022 Budget was constitutional.

The NDC Members of Parliament boycotted the vote that rescinded their earlier rejection of the same ballot before its approval by the Majority Group alone.

Whiles upholding arguments by the Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame, 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.”

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com
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