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Majority MPs to Drag Bagbin to Supreme Court Over Adwoa Safo Ruling



The Majority in Parliament says it is considering dragging the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, to the Supreme Court over his ruling on the Dome-Kwabenya MP, Sarah Adwoa Safo.

According to the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the ruling was “unfortunate”, saying the Speaker may have misinterpreted the law.

“If we lend ourselves by what I consider to be a very capricious ruling, then the Supreme Court would be the final arbiter,” he told JoyNews.

Alban Bagdin ruled that the entire House must debate the Privileges Committee’s report on whether or not the Dome Kwabenya MP should lose her seat for absenting herself for more than 15 sittings.

Her continuous absence from Parliament divided the House with the Majority interestingly taking the view that the Privileges Committee report should be final.

“As I have noted in this ruling, the decision as to whether or not to admit a motion is the exclusive preserve of the Speaker. In view of the foregoing, the House is well within its rights to receive and consider the report of the Committee and make a determination arising out of the recommendation,” Mr Bagbin ruled.

But the Suame MP says the Speaker was wrong and they are determined to fight it before the debate.

“When they [Privileges Committee] have made that determination, it doesn’t come back to Parliament for Parliament to vote on it. So for the Speaker to come in with what I consider very unfortunate interpretation of the Constitution… this is a matter of the interpretation of the Constitution and it can go to the Supreme Court,” he added.

A day after the Speaker’s ruling, an NPP legislator commenced the process of filing a suit at the Supreme Court to have her seat declared vacant.

The MP is praying the Court that by failing to appear before the Privileges Committee to explain her absence from Parliament, Sarah Adwoa Safo ceases to be a Member of Parliament.


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