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A-G questions Speaker’s ruling

The decision by the Speaker of Parliament to halt the approval of ministerial nominees by Parliament has taken a new dimension, with the Attorney-General (A-G) insisting that there is nothing that legally stops Parliament from approving the nominees.

The A-G, Godfred Yeboah Dame, in a letter dated March 21, 2024, addressed to the Speaker, Alban S.K. Bagbin, said a search conducted by his outfit yesterday (March 21, 2024) at the Supreme Court registry revealed that no such injunction application had been filed.

“The plaintiff has not filed an application for interlocutory injunction ‘seeking to restrain the Speaker from proceeding with the vetting and approval of the names of the persons submitted by His Excellency the President’ or indeed, any other interlocutory relief.

“Thus, there is nothing before the Supreme Court which may constitute a restraint or fetter on Parliament from proceeding with the approval of ministerial and deputy ministerial nominees presented to Parliament by the President in accordance with articles 78(1) and 79(1) of the Constitution,” the A-G stated in the letter.

Mr Dame also said the plaintiff, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Dayi, had also failed to file a statement of case to his suit challenging the approval of the ministerial nominees, which meant his suit was not properly before the Supreme Court.

“The action filed by Mr Dafeamekpor, Member of Parliament for South Dayi, consists of a bare writ of summons.

No statement of case in support of the writ has been filed as mandated by the Supreme Court Rules, 1996 (C.I. 16). It is thus correct to say, respectfully, that the suit is not properly constituted.

“In accordance with Rule 46(3) of C.I. 16, such an action will be struck out where a statement of case in support of the plaintiff’s writ is not filed within fourteen (14) days,” the A-G said.

No bearing
The principal legal advisor to the government further posited in the letter that the substance of Mr Dafeamekpor’s suit should have no bearing on the vetting of the new Ministers by Parliament.

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