NDC MP says Speaker ignored constitutional concerns

NDC MP says Speaker ignored constitutional concerns

- Asunafo South MP reveals reasons why Minority in Parliament staged walk out protest

- He says when a motion is moved in parliament the Speaker must allow space for it to be debated

Member of Parliament (MP) for the Asunafo South constituency, Hon. Eric Opoku, has stated that the Speaker of Parliament disregarded constitutional concerns raised by parliament's Minority regarding the controversial AMERI Group power sector deal.

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NDC MP says Speaker ignored constitutional concerns

Asunafo South MP, Hon. Eric Opoku

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On August 1st, parliament's Minority walked out of proceedings in protest of what they referred to as the Speaker of parliament's attempts to gag the Minority. According to the Minority, Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Prof Aaron Michael Ocquaye is biased against parliament's National Democratic Congress Minority.

The problem began when Minority Leader, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu rose and sought permission to speak in order to raise concerns against an urgent motion put forth by MP Kobina Tahir Hammond (K.T. Hammond). Hon. Haruna Iddrisu sought to caution parliament to tread lightly when trying to interrogate the AMERI deal since said attempts could end up in court.

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After the Majority Leader's intervention, saying that no motion had been put forth and that the Minority Leader was out of order.

With the motion finally put forth by Hon. K.T. Hammond and seconded by Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, Parliament's Speaker referred the issue to the Committee on Mine and Energy.

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This prompted the Minority to stage a walk out in protest of the Speaker's decision after conferring with the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Alban Sumana Bagbin.

Commenting on the issue in an interview with Accra 100.5FM's Chief Jerry Forson, MP for Asunafo South constituency, Hon. Eric Opoku elaborated why the Minority MPs staged a walk out.

In parliamentary proceedings, when a motion is moved, the Speaker will have to allow parliament to debate that issue, but the Speaker referred the matter to the committee whereas parliament has debated it, this is unprecedented in the history of our democracy in the fourth republic since 1992,” he noted.

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