Longest-serving MP, Alban Bagbin, has faulted the Speaker of Parliament’s indefinite suspension of sitting down.
The Nadowli Kaleo MP, who has been in Parliament since 1993, explained Prof. Mike Oquaye’s suspension of sitting and subsequent going of the mace from the chamber as wrongful and illegal.
He explained the mace of Parliament is the image of authority in the House and it was carried out when the Speaker walked out on Saturday.
“That is why I sat again mainly because I have no authority to regard,” he explained to JoyNews’ Joseph Opoku Gakpo.
The Minority in the Property criticised Mike Oquaye’s determination on Saturday, describing it as dictatorial.
Haruna Iddrisu, who is the Minority Leader, explained to journalists that they would look at trying to get redress in the regulation courts.
The Countrywide Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs insist the suitable factor to do was to adjourn sitting down.
But the indefinite suspension indicates the Speaker can remember the Dwelling at any time of his choosing, devoid of the expected 14-working day detect, if they ended up to adjourn.
According to Prof. Oquaye, MPs are not able to go on holiday seasons for the reason that “we are not in normal moments.”
MPs were being recalled to the House on Wednesday for a presentation by Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, on how the authorities intends to expend monies allocated for the Coronavirus Alleviation Programme (CAP).
Mr. Bagbin, talking on that, famous that they [government] received that erroneous as effectively.
He mentioned given that a budget has currently been permitted for the calendar year but because of to an unexpected condition (Covid-19), there have to be adjustments, the make a difference need to have been brought as a motion.
But the Vast majority in the Home has defended the Speaker’s determination.
According to them, the Speaker has the powers to do what he appears healthy in these circumstances.