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Supreme Court ruling on Deputy Speaker’s voting rights leading us into absurdity – John Mahama



Supreme Court delivers landmark ruling on Deputy Speakers’ voting rights

Former President Mahama says ruling shocking but not surprising


Parliament not above Supreme Court’s scrutiny, says President Akufo-Addo

Former President, John Dramani Mahama, has stated that the verdict delivered by the Supreme Court on the voting rights of a Deputy Speaker presiding over proceedings in Parliament has thrust the nation towards a path of ludicrous events.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday, March 10, 2022, in a landmark ruling affirmed that a Deputy Speaker presiding over proceedings of Parliament maintains his voting rights, and can be counted in forming a quorum in the house.


The unanimous decision by the seven-member panel also annulled portions of Parliament’s Standing Orders declaring it as unconstitutional.

Former President John Mahama who had earlier described the ruling as shocking but not surprising in a Facebook post, has alluded to an analogy which he says defines the absurdity in the court’s ruling.

“If Deputy Speakers, because they are Members of Parliament, can vote while presiding as Speaker, they could as well be able to participate in any debate on the floor over which they are presiding.


“This is the absurdity into which the Supreme Court ruling leads us,” the former president wrote.

In his immediate reaction to the court’s ruling, former President Mahama on Wednesday said the ruling was an “unfortunate interpretation for convenience that sets a dangerous precedent of judicial interference in Parliamentary procedure for the future.”

Meanwhile, President Nana  Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo has disagreed with persons arguing that the Supreme Court’s ruling sets out a precedent of judicial interference in the work of Parliament.


According to the President, it cannot be said that Parliament is beyond the scrutiny of the Apex Court of the land.

“I’m not sure people who are saying this have actually taken the time to read the Constitution of our country. It says so in black and white. The legislative powers of the State, which is vested in Parliament, are subject to the Constitution’s provisions.

“All organs of the Ghanaian State, including me as the Head of the Executive, we are all subject to the teachings of the Constitution,” the President said.


Speaking to the Daily Guide Newspaper’s Charles Takyi Boadu, on Thursday, 10th March 2022, on the sidelines of Dubai Expo 2020, the President added that “there is nobody in the Ghanaian State that is above the fundamental law of the land.

“It will lead to the very matter that we have striven so long to avoid – the concentration of unregulated power in our state – we don’t want that. And we brought about this Constitution to allow that to not reoccur.”


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Heritage Promotions Unveils Academy Members for Central Music Awards 2023




Heritage Event Promotions, the organizers of the annual Central Music Awards have officially unveiled 24 Academy Members and District Representatives for the 12th edition of the award scheme.

Central Music Awards 2023 – Play The Music

The Central Music Awards is organized annually to recognize, honour, celebrate and award hardworking and deserving artistes who have achieved greatness and have contributed immensely towards the growth of the music industry in the central region.

Since it’s establishment in 2012, formerly known as the “Obama City Music Awards”, the scheme has grown from 10 award categories to 37 categories.


Fast forward in 2018 when Heritage Promotions took over from Candymania Entertainment, as part of Heritage Promotions’ action plan, District Representatives was introduced as part of the Academy Members to have a fair representation of all the 22 districts in the central region.

As the scheme celebrates its 12th anniversary this year, 24 Academy Members and Districts Representatives have been unveiled and assigned to special roles heard towards achieving a successful event.

The Academy is composed of competent music researchers, digital marketers, public relations experts, media personalities, bloggers, music and events promoters with over a decade experience in the creative industry.


Academy Members for Central Music Awards 2023 include:

1. YUSSIF PHLOW BULLET– Academy Secretary

2. LEWIS TETTEH DADAS – Digital Researcher


3. NANA YARQUAH – Digital Researcher

4. NANA YAW – Event & Promotion Research

5. HENRY MENSAH – Event & Promotion Research


6. ALBERT BONDAH – Road Manager

7. KOBBY YOMMY – Cape Coast South

8. NANA BROWN – Cape Coast South


9. THOMAS ANERO DENKEY – Cape Coast North

10. ERIC FLETCHER MENSAH – Cape Coast North

11. DJ QWEQU – Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem (KEEA)


12. SOLOMON EWUSIE (SoloVision) – Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem

13. ECK MEDICYN – Mfantseman Municipal

14. WYSE BRAIN – Mfantseman Municipal


15. QWAME MACSHAT – Asikuma Odoben Brakwa

16. NAKAY ABRANTIE – Twifo Atti Morkwa

17. DON POT – Abura Asebu Kwamankese


18. ABDUL FATTAH YAHAYA (Assin Talks) – Assin Central/Assin North

19. KOFI TUTU – Assin South

20. HON. BAWA BOWEJOR – Agona/Gomoa


21. NANA ASANTE YEKYE – Effutu Municipal

22. NANA – ANTOBAM JUNIOR – Ekumfi District 

23. MISTA CHANTI – Awutu – Senya East & West


24. EVANS ANNAN ACQUAH – Awutu – Senya East & West

Issued By:

Bismark Botchwey  | Dept. Communications Executive
Heritage Event Promotions

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