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Adwoa Safo’s seat should be declared vacant – Majority Leader to Alban Bagbin

Declare the seat occupied by Adwoa Safo to be vacant - Majority Leader

Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has encouraged Speaker Alban Bagbin to uphold the nation’s Constitution and refrain from violating it in his decision about Sarah Adwoa Safo, a member of the Dome-Kwabenya MP, whose seat is anticipated to be declared empty.

On July 28, 2022, Mr. Bagbin postponed for further consideration a decision on Adwoa Safo’s destiny over her absence from the House sessions for more than 15 days without the Speaker’s written consent.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP’s seat should be declared vacant, the Privileges Committee of Parliament unanimously advised, stating that “the Dome-Kwabenya seat is automatically vacant by operation of law.”

According to the committee, Sarah Adwoa Safo was required under the requirements of Article 97 (1) (c) of the 1992 Constitution to give a convincing justification to the Privileges Committee as to why she should retain her position despite missing 42 sittings of a legislative session. This is a result of the MP’s failure to utilize the many opportunities and resources made available to her to present a plausible justification.

The majority leader, whose party has been hurt by Adwoa Safo’s ongoing absence from House proceedings, claimed that the constitution is explicit about what should happen to a lawmaker who repeatedly skips parliamentary sessions without authorization and refuses to use a procedure to deal with the issue.

Majority Leader

He expressed his hope that the Speaker would follow the law yesterday to TV3, adding, “I am not happy what the likely implications will be. I had Adwoa Safo as my deputy.

Objective Posts Moving

He claimed that the Minority kept “moving the goalposts” in order to more easily claim a victory that would save their face in the Dome-Kwabenya MP controversy.

“On this issue, the Minority continues moving the goalposts. On April 5, when the Speaker made a decision and referred the case, the Minority Chief Whip stood up and expressed his disagreement.

He objected to the Speaker’s inability to refer the subject to the Privileges Committee on his own. He started out with that attitude. I stated that I differ from him and that the speaker was free to do so, he added.

They suddenly shifted their position, according to Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who questioned what that meant.

Background

Kennedy Ohene Agyapong of Assin Central, Henry Quartey of Ayawaso Central, and Sarah Adwoa Safo of Dome Kwabenya were reported to the Privileges Committee on April 5, 2022 for allegedly missing more than 15 sitting days of the House without authorization.

The Speaker, who requested the referral, stated that the table office had provided him with evidence showing that three honorable members have thus far been absent from this meeting for more than 15 sitting days without permission, as noted in the Votes and Proceedings.

“Given the astonishing level of public interest in this topic, I have faith that the Committee of Privileges will treat it with the urgency and seriousness it requires. More significantly, he continued, “We make the law, and we must be perceived to be abiding by the laws we establish.

The Speaker stated, “I strongly feel this is one of the occasions we must show dedication to what the people have elected us to do,” and that the Legislature must lead by example.

He said MPs needed to take the attendance to Parliament more seriously and mentioned that a search on members’ attendance from the start of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic, undertaken by the table office on the First Session, was intriguing and illuminating.

“The First Session of the House has ended, and regrettably, none of the three sessions held during that session addressed the problem of absenteeism. I believe it will be inappropriate,” he said.

ADU Ernest Kofi

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