First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu

First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei-Owusu has cautioned the Minority in Parliament against misleading the public that the Supreme Court has taken away the powers of Parliament to regulate its procedures.

According to him, “everything Parliament does regarding regulations of its procedure is subject to the Constitution.”

He quoted Article 110(1) of the Constitution to back his point. “Subject to the provisions of this constitution, Parliament may by Standing Orders, regulate its own procedure.”

The Supreme Court, in its ruling on the voting rights of a deputy speaker, struck out order 109(3), arguing that it is inconsistent with the Constitution.

The Bekwai MP, who is unhappy with the interpretation of the members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), of the ruling, explained that the Supreme Court only asked Parliament to fashion out its procedures with due regard for the tenets of the Constitution.

For this reason, he clarified that “So what the Supreme Court said was that the particular Standing Order is against the Constitution. It has not taken away the right to regulate it”, adding that “the misinformation is going out unfairly.”

“If for any reason anybody says that a clause or otherwise is against the Constitution, it is the Supreme Court that will determine whether it is against the Constitution or we ourselves say no, the Constitution does not give us the power to do A or B or C,” he advised.

Mr. Osei-Owusu stated that any member who wishes to request a review of the ruling may do so.

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