Vote of Censure against Ken Ofori-Atta is Wasted – Speaker Declares

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Despite using a secret ballot, the minority in parliament was unable to oust Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta from his position.

The secret voting process carried out by a biased Parliament to assure a vote of censure against Ken Ofori-Atta is useless, according to Speaker of the House Alban Bagbin.

After the majority of lawmakers staged a walkout on Thursday, the minority in parliament went ahead and voted their secret ballot.

After arguing that the censure motion is unjust during a contentious debate, the majority, led by Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, left the room. Legislators who dissented from a Finance Ministry led by Ken Ofori-Atta included the alleged 80 NPP MPs.

The Minority carried out the secret voting in their absence.

Following the vote, the Speaker informed the House that the vote was a “defeat” since it did not adhere to Article 82 (1) of the 1992 Constitution, which provides that “1. A vote of censure against a Minister of State may be conducted by Parliament with the backing of at least two-thirds of its members.

There were 136 members of the minority party in parliament. The Finance Minister’s rebuke received 136 votes in favor.

To approve a vote of censure against a Minister of State, Parliament must have at least 184 of the 274 members present—or two-thirds of the members—as required by law.

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