- The Minority boycotted parliament’s proceedings on Tuesday over what they call the biased actions of the Speaker
- Prof. Gyampo has said the Speaker should not only be neutral and unbiased but he must also preside over the proceeding like a father, addressing both sides fairly
Following the tensed atmosphere at Ghana’s Parliament, some political observers have commented on the Minority's current standoff with the Speaker of Parliament.
On Tuesday, the Minority walked out of proceedings in protest of what they referred to as the Speaker of parliament's attempt to gag the 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.
After the Majority Leader's intervention, saying that no motion had been put forth and that the Minority Leader was out of order, a motion was finally put forth by Hon. K.T. Hammond and seconded by Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo.
The Speaker then referred the issue to the Committee on Mine and Energy which prompted the Minority to stage a walkout in protest of the Speaker's decision.
Commenting on the issue on Tuesday, known political analyst and lecturer at the University of Ghana, Ransford Gyampo, has said the Speaker of Parliament must be perceived as ‘fair, unbiased and conciliatory’ as he presides over parliamentary deliberations.
According to Prof. Gyampo, who took to his Facebook wall to give his opinion on the issue, the Speaker of Parliament is to conduct himself such that he does not become the reason for conflict in the House.
“He must be mindful of the fact that he is not the first Speaker in the Fourth Republic. There's been several Speakers before him. How did they conduct Parliamentary proceedings? How did the late Peter Ala Adjetey endeared himself both to the minority and majority?
A Speaker can only ensure calm in Parliament and promote the business of the House when he conducts himself in a manner that does not raise suspicion,” Gyampo wrote.
Prof. Gyampo urged the Speaker to be a father to both sides, as he did have the capabilities to be truly fair in the proceedings at the House.
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