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Purpose Of SC Verdict Is To Allow So-Called Majority In Parliament To ‘Carry The Day’ – Pratt | Politics

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The Supreme Court of Ghana, being the apex court of the land, is thought of as the final arbiter in a case, particularly when the case contravenes the 1992 constitution.

The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, exercised its judicial powers when a seven member panel presided over whether or not a Deputy Speaker in Parliament, acting as Speaker, could be said to be a Member of Parliament and exercise a right of voting.

The Justices voted unanimously saying a ”Deputy Speaker is entitled to be counted as a member of Parliament for quorum” and can “vote and take part in the decision of Parliament”.

But the court ruling has been greeted with lots of controversies as some members of the Minority in Parliament and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) see the verdict to be a travesty of justice.

Former President John Mahama argues that the Supreme Court has set a ”dangerous precedent of judicial interference in Parliamentary procedure for the future” while NDC Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Sam George also describes it as ”despicable”.

“The sham called Justice delivery in our Republic. Despicable!”, he tweeted.

However, it appears only one person is bold to tell specifically what the Supreme Court Justices actually mean by this verdict and this person is the Editor-in-Chief of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt.

Discussing the issue on Peace FM’s ”Kokrokoo”, Kwesi Pratt minced no words as he expressed that the ruling is aimed at giving the Majority in Parliament an advantage in the House.

By virtue of ruling, Mr. Pratt held that the court is supporting the Majority in Parliament.

As if to explain that due to the current tie in Parliament where both the New Patriotic Party and National Democratic Congress have 137 members each, it is apparent that the side which gets the majority gains an upper hand during proceedings in the House, he said; ”What is the purpose of this interpretation? The purpose of this interpretation is to allow the so-called majority to carry the day even as we have 137/137. That’s the effect. That is the effect; no other effect! Is that the right way to go about this? For the Judiciary now to be making decisions about how voting can be carried in the House?”

To him, the ruling doesn’t bring fairness into the House because if the Speaker is supposed to be unbiased, then the Deputy Speakers should have no a right to vote.

”When the Supreme Court make the decisions, we are entitled to examine the decisions of the Supreme Court and to comment on the decisions of the Supreme Court”, he stated.

Therefore, in examining the verdict, he stressed; ”Deputy Speakers are Deputy Speakers. Deputy Speakers are not Speakers. That’s a fact but when Deputy Speakers move and sit in that chair with the gavel, they exercise the powers of Speakers. They do not exercise the powers of Speakers because they have the same salary with the Speaker. They exercise the powers of Speaker clearly because in that position they are performing functions of the Speaker and in that position as they perform the functions of Speaker, they are expected to rise above the partisanship in the House.”

”So, if the drafters of the constitution intended the position of Speaker to be a neutral arbiter, how can those act instead of the Speaker not be expected to act as neutral arbiters?” he questioned.

Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana

 

 

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‘Nana Kafra, We Made An Irreversible Mistake’ – Manasseh Tackles Akufo-Addo | Politics

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Manasseh Azure Awuni, an investigative journalist, has said, the majority of Ghanaians made a mistake in 2016 and 2020 when they voted for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the President of Ghana.

He pleaded with the President to have pity on Ghanaians until he leaves office in 2025.

“Nana, kafra. We made an irreversible mistake. Have pity on us until January 7, 2025,” he wrote on his official Facebook timeline.

Manasseh’s frustrations comes after reports suggesting that the Government has gazetted an Executive Instrument (E.I.) to approve the redesignation, sale or development of Achimota Forest.

In an earlier post on his Facebook timeline, the journalist asked, “How have we wronged you, Akufo-Addo? You gave Atewa to the Chinese, and now you want to desecrate Achimota?”

A document from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resource, making reference to an Executive Instrument, stated that the Achimota Forest Reserve is to no longer be regarded as a forest reserve.

“An Executive Instrument (E.I.) 144 gazetted on behalf of President Akufo-Addo by the Lands Minister Samuel Abdulai Jinapor indicates that effective May 1, 2022, the land on which the Forest is located shall cease to be a forest reserve.

“The President’s action was in accordance with Section 19 of the Forest Act, 1927 (CAP. 157) which gives him the authority to declare that particular land is no longer required as a forest reserve,” portions of the purported E.I. read.

Meanwhile, Samuel Abu Jinapor, Minister, Lands and Natural Resources, has dismissed reports suggesting that the Government has gazetted an Executive Instrument (E.I.) to approve the redesignation, sale or development of Achimota Forest.

“Achimota Forest has not been sold, it has not been compromised, it will not be sold, it remains as it is. We will continue to reforest the Achimota Forest and God willing, we intend to develop the Achimota Forest into a true forest reserve, which will serve Accra and the people of Ghana,” Jinapor said at a press conference in Accra.

 

 

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29 File To Contest NPP Regional Executive Positions | Politics

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A total of twenty-nine (29) persons filed their nomination to contest the Eastern regional Executives’ position of the ruling New Patriotic Party by the close of nomination on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

The aspirants will be vetted Wednesday and Thursday, for balloting ahead of the election scheduled for next week.

Two persons, Jeffrey Konadu Addo, incumbent Regional Secretary, and Kwadwo Boateng Agyemang, New Juaben North Constituency Chairman is contesting the Regional Chairmanship position.

Francis Obeng and Richard Koranteng Twum also filed for the 1st Vice Chairmanship position.

Six persons Ebenezer Lawrence Ayisi, Michael Oteng Adu, Frank Appiah, Nana Oteng Akuffo Akoto, Hormenu Kofi Walter, and Paul Amaning filed to contest the Regional Second Vice Chairman position.

The Regional Secretary position is being contested by Anthony Osei Adjei, the Eastern Regional Director of the National Communication Authority (NCA), and Buckman Akuffo, a Lecturer at Koforidua Technical Institute.

Nana Sefa Edmund Papin (incumbent), Felix Osafo Marfo, and Robert Osei Danso Ofori Attah also filed to contest the Assistant Secretary position.

The incumbent Regional treasurer Kumi Larbi Benjamin is being challenged by Opoku Peterson Dacosta.

The Regional Organizer position saw three persons -Jerry Osei Opoku, the incumbent Youth Organizer, Opoku Acheampong George, and Ahmed Yusif Yonah file to contest.

The incumbent Regional Women’s Organizer Fati Vondolie is being challenged by Mercy Ano Darkoh, Headmistress of Mount Sinai SHS.

The regional youth organizer position is keenly being contested by six aspirants -Adamu Musah Raha, Wuttoh Agoku Asante Isaac, Alfred Believe Awatsi, Aaron Donkor, Nana Afari Kwagyire Aggrey, and Baffuor Agyemang Sarkodie

Hussein Mohammed Fadilu is the only aspirant who filed for the Regional Nasara Coordinator position.

Addressing the media, Kwame Appiah Kodua, who was in charge of the filing process said all the aspirants will be vetted on Wednesday and Thursday and when cleared, balloting will be done ahead of the election scheduled for next week.

The Eastern Regional Chairmanship position is keenly being contested by Jeffery Konadu and Kwadwo Boateng Agyemang who were recently re-elected for the fourth time as New Juaben North Constituency Chairman.

Information gathered indicates that Jeff Konadu refused to yield to pressure from the presidency to step down on basis that he is from Kwahu given that the Eastern Regional Minister, Seth Kwame Acheampong, Eastern regional representative of Council of state Paa Kofi Ansong, and the IGP Dr. George Akuffo Dampare are all from Kwahu, hence not a prudent decision for him to become Regional Chairman.

Kwadwo Boateng Agyemang, cousin of Hackman Owusu Agyemang founding member of NPP however told the media after filing the nomination form allegations that he is being pushed by some bigwigs in the party and the Presidency to contest the position are immaterial because he is a competent and experienced politician to be Regional chairman.

“First of all, is the party that begets the government. Am I not part of the government? I have been a communicator for this party for the last 8 years so the one saying that some bigwigs are behind let me ask them, those supporters following them are they not party members, are they not bigwigs. In the region, everybody knows I am the most senior chairman. I have been constituency chairman for four terms that are 16 years .so let the candidate bring his record it is not a matter of some bigwigs supporting,” he said.

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#2gether2rescue: What Did Ghanaians Do Wrong To Be Treated This Way? Chief Biney Asks Akufo-Addo | Politics

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Deputy National Organizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Chief Hamilton Biney, has said President Akufo-Addo has disappointed and failed Ghanaians massively.

He posted on his facebook wall Wednesday morning.

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“It’s clear and evident that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has disappointed and failed Ghanaians massively. He promised heaven and now we are all in this HELL together. Now you’re saying you want to break the 8?? What did Ghanaians do wrong to be treated this way?”

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