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2022 budget: NPP, NDC engaged in constitutional nullities – Lawyer

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A constitutional lawyer has accused both the Majority and Minority group in Parliament of engaging in constitutional nullities over the rejection and approval of the 2022 budget and economic policy statement on the floor of Parliament.

According to the constitutional lawyer, what the National Democratic Congress (NDC) did on Friday, November 24, 2021, to reject the budget and what the NPP did on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 to approve the budget are all constitutional nullities.

The legal luminary said both parties on the floor of parliament lacked a quorum to vote on the rejection and approval of the 2022 budget.  

He said both parties did not meet the constitutional threshold of 138 to vote on the said matter on the floor.  

Mr. Paul Kumi explained that the confusion a lot of Ghanaians are having is the personalization of the position of Speaker. 

He said this on the Ghana Yensom morning show hosted by Kwame Appiah Kubi on Accra 100.5 FM in reaction to the Majority group’s decision to approve the 2022 budget.

According to him, by virtue of article 104 of the standing orders of Parliament what both parties did are all part of the decisions of Parliament but done in nullity.

He emphasized that the issues of a quorum of Parliament shall exempt a member presiding as a Speaker.

He further stated that a member presiding as Speaker cannot be factored into quorum.

He categorically said that the First Deputy Speaker, Joe Osei Owusu cannot be part of the quorum that voted on Tuesday when he was presiding as Speaker.

“The standing orders of the house say when acting as Speaker, you cannot vote and cannot be factored in a quorum, so for the Speaker to say he counted himself as part of a quorum was an absurdity of the highest order,” he stated.

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