- Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho acts as president
- The Speaker who on previous occasions refused to take mandatory oath of office, this time around did that
- A private citizen in 2015 prayed the Supreme Court to interpret the Speaker's decision not to take the oath of office when acting as president of the republic
Speaker of Parliament Edward Doe Adjaho has taken the presidential oath as acting president of Ghana following the absence of President Mahama and his vice Kwesi Amissah-Arthur.
According to Ghana’s constitution the Speaker of Parliament in the absence of the president and his vice acts as the president of the republic.
So in accordance with article 60 (11) of the constitution, the Chief Justice, Madam Georgina Woode was in Parliament Wednesday morning to swear-in the Seaker.
The significance of today’s event was the decision by the Speaker, Doe Adjaho to take the oath. The Speaker on November 4,2014 refused to take the presidential oath when he had to act as president.
An issue which was in contravention of the 1992 constitution led to a private citizen praying the Supreme Court to declare the Speaker’s act as unconstitutional.
In a judgment delivered in December last year, the Supreme Court upheld the arguments of the private citizen, Mr Samuel Attah Mensah’s lawyers.
The Speaker has on two occasions refused to take the mandatory oath of office, while the President, John Mahama and his Vice, Amissah-Arthur were on official assignments.
President Mahama is currently on an official visit to Scotland. The President’s visit comes at a time when vice President Amissah Arthur is on an official visit to the Republic of India.
The Parliament of Ghana is the legislative body of the Government of Ghana.
The present Mace of Parliament was made when Ghana became a Republic in 1960. The upright position of the Mace in the Chamber may be likened to a linguist's staff of office; it also gives prominence to the head of the Mace, which is the eagle, the country's heraldic bird.