The 2022 budget statement was on Friday rejected by the country’s Parliament after a heated debate.
The rejection was made possible after all 137 Minority Members of Parliament (MPs) voted against the motion on Friday while members of the Majority Caucus had abandoned their seats in protest against alleged bias on the part of the Speaker of Parliament
Prior to the crucial voting, the Speaker had called for a head count to establish if the House had form a quorum in order to proceed.
A quorum was formed per the Speaker’s judgement even though members of the Majority caucus had staged a walkout
All members of the Minority Caucus proceeded to reject the 2022 budget when the question on the motion for the approval of the budget was put out.
The House is expected to reconvene on Tuesday November 30th to deliberate further on the matter as the Majority cry foul.
Majority Caucus Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, addressing a press conference immediately after the voting, described the action by the Speaker and the Minority caucus as “unconstitutional, quoting Article 104 of the Constitution which says “except as otherwise provided in this Constitution, matters in Parliament shall be determined by the votes of the majority of members present and voting, with at least half of all the members of Parliament present.”