Ghana will quickly have a govt with Minority in Parliament – Speaker Bagbin explains proposal to vary Standing Orders
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The Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has stated that he foresees a scenario whereby Ghana could have one political celebration forming the federal government and one other having Majority MPs in Parliament.
He stated when this occurs, within the close to future, the federal government’s members of Parliament will kind the Minority in Parliament.
To that finish, he stated, if the Standing Orders of Parliament relating to the approval of budgets will not be amended, it would make it tough for such a authorities to get its price range accepted.
Speaker Bagbin stated this when he introduced a proposal to vary the Standing Orders in relation to the approval of price range statements on Thursday, December 7, 2023.
He instructed the lawmakers that the revised Standing Orders will probably be shared amongst members subsequent week.
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The Speaker defined that given the partisan method by which lawmakers deal with price range statements, a future authorities that can have a Minority in Parliament will wrestle to get its coverage doc accepted by the House. Mr Bagbin indicated that he foresees Ghana having a authorities with a minority in Parliament within the close to future.
“We have gone through the provisions of the Constitution and the Standing Orders of the House and there is a need for us to take a second look at the at Standing Orders of the House. Definitely, there are more provisions to look at in the Constitution than what we have been referred to. I have taken some time to go through these provisions particularly when this matter was reiterated last week by some members of this House after we could not take the vote on the budget. The Standing Orders Committee has taken a deep look into the matter and we’ll be proposing for the consideration of this house during the consideration and the adoption of the resolution to revise these standing orders.
“So we have made some proposals therein for your consideration as to how to handle this matter. We have either to pass an Act or in some situations a resolution. Some provisions talk about approval particularly when you are dealing with the capital expenditure of the judiciary, and again when you are dealing with supplementary budgets that definitely talk about approval. At what stage do you give the approval is the other consideration you look at? We all know that it is the Approbations Bill, whether it is supplementary or not is what we usually approve or pass into the law which is also provided for in the Constitution.
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“We will look at it together, realign them and then see how best to handle such a situation because I foresee, in the near future, this country having a Minority government and if you have a Minority government and the Standing Orders don’t provide for all these scenarios the Minority government will always have a problem in getting its budget approved particularly as members are extremely partisan. I know how brilliant members are.”
Last week Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta advocated an modification to the Standing Orders of Parliament relative to the approval of price range statements.
He wished a departure from the present established order the place the Speaker’s ruling in voice votes that “ayes have it” is challenged, resulting in headcounts to find out the approval or in any other case of the price range.
In his view, the Standing Orders ought to be modified to permit for the price range to be accepted in the course of the preliminary levels after which in the case of the estimates and the appropriations stage, the challenges will be mounted and argued out.
Speaking in an interview with TV3’s Martin Asiedu Darteh on Thursday, November 30, Mr Ofori-Atta stated “As we sit today I believe the yes have it and I am looking forward to the budget that is essentially looks at macro stability and growth with the various reliefs for the people of Ghana. I don’t see how anybody will be against it.
“I think maybe on a standing orders level it is in my mind to remove the need for the approval of budgets at this early stage because nobody can really be against the principles and then when they get into the estimates and appropriation, at that point in time various challenges could be mounted which will be argued out. But I think it is too early maybe parliament should look at its standing orders to change them.”
His remark got here after the Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin directed the enterprise committee to reschedule the headcount for the approval of the 2024 price range to at this time Thursday, December 7.
The House has since accepted the price range after 138 lawmakers stated sure in opposition to 136 Nos within the headcount.
Parliament couldn’t approve the price range on Wednesday, November 29 after the Majority aspect of the House boycotted proceedings, making it the second time they’re strolling out on their very own price range after they first did so on the 2022 price range assertion which launched the e-levy.
They disagreed with the way in which Mr Bagbin was conducting the enterprise. They accused the Speaker of delaying proceedings to ensure that the Minority to have their full numbers within the House.
“Sam George is not here, Zanetor is not here, Mahama Ayariga, is not here so five of their members are not here. All the speaker is doing is to delay time for their members to come,” Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu instructed journalists after they walked out.
The Speaker needed to droop sitting. Ningo-Prampram Lawmaker Samuel Nartey George, nonetheless, rubbished the declare that he was not in Parliament.
The Minority Leader Dr Cassiel Ato Forson accused the New Patriotic Party (NPP) of missing the numbers to approve the 2024 price range assertion.
Addressing the press, Dr Ato Forson stated “The NPP does not have the numbers to approve their own budget, sensing defeat they decided to walk out. The NDC MPs were ready to vote against the budget.
“Our position is that we can allow the budget to go through in its current form, because the ordinary Ghanaian will suffer. John Kumah is not here, Kennedy Agyapong is not here and sensing defeat they walked out, we will not stop, we will do what we have to do. The Budget has not been approved.”
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