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Supreme Court unanimously dismisses review application for ruling on Deputy Speakers voting rights

Supreme court okays Deputy Speakers of Parliament to vote

Justice Abdulai asks Supreme Court to rescind March 9 ruling

Applicant tags Supreme Court ruling as miscarriage of justice


A nine-member Supreme Court panel has, in a unanimous decision, dismissed an application filed for a review of the court’s ruling that was delivered on March 9, 2022.

A private legal practitioner, Justice Abdulai, filed an application asking the court to review the decision which held that a Deputy Speaker of Parliament while presiding over proceedings of the house, reserves his right to participate in voting and can be counted as part of a quorum for decision-making.

Justice Abdulai, who was the applicant in the March 9 case, went back to the Supreme Court asking for the court to rescind its decision.

According to him, the judges were wrong in their earlier ruling and therefore occasioned a miscarriage of justice.

In opposition to the review application, a Deputy Attorney General, Diana Asonaba, argued that the case of Justice Abdulai did not meet the required criteria for a review application.

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“The long reference to previous constitutions does not meet the criteria for a review application. The plaintiff has failed to show how a miscarriage of justice has occasioned or showed any new matter that should have been considered. Present application is unmeritorious and a clear abuse of the court process,” she said, reports myjoyonline.com.

Presiding over the court, Justice Jones Dotse also said the application failed to meet the required threshold for a review case to succeed and went on to order the application accordingly dismissed.

The nine-member panel who sat on the review application were Justices Dotse, Nene Amegatcher, Prof Ashie Kotey, Lovelace Johnson, Mariama Owusu, Celemence Honyenuga, Gertrude Torkonoo, Prof. Mensah Bonsu, Emmanuel Kulendi
Source: www.ghanaweb.com
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