July 15, 2024 1:55 pm

Minority Caucus moves motion to overturn approval of 2022 budget

The Minority Caucus in Parliament has moved a motion to overturn the approval of the 2022 Budget statement and economic policy.

This comes just a day after an earlier rejection of the Budget by the Minority Caucus had been rescinded and approved by the Majority Caucus with First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu presiding over the House.

According to the Minority, the House rescinding and approving the Budget was unconstitutional and breached the House’s standing orders.

Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu in a press conference, stated the purported approval of the 2022 Budget by the Majority is a slap in the face of the law, basing his assertions on Article 104(3) of the Constitution and standing order 109 of Parliament.

According to him, the combined effect of the two provisions, read in a purposive manner, points to manifest illegality on the part of the Majority, as they did not have the required numbers to approve the Budget.

“Therefore, if they claim that they respect the Constitution, they must respect the fact that today’s decision is a constitutional nullity because the Deputy Speaker has no original or casting vote. Nothing more. And therefore, they were at best, 137”, Haruna Iddrisu explained.

He further alluded to the fact that “cooperation [between the Minority and Majority] has suffered”, and thus his caucus will resort to the use of headcounts in determining all issues which will come before the House.

Source: Myjoyonline

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