By Beatrice Oppon
The Supreme Court has dismissed a Review Application urging it to reconsider its previous decision that a Deputy Speaker of Parliament or any Member of the House who presides over proceedings does not lose his power to vote.
The Court in dismissing the application said it fell short of the requirements for review and further described it as unmeritorious.
The Review Application was filed by Lawyer and Law Lecturer, Justice Abdulai.
The Court in a unanimous decision March 2022 affirmed that the action of the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu Presiding over proceedings and counting himself as an MP to pass the E-Levy last November 30 was Constitutional.
The March landmark ruling had brought finality to the lingering issue of whether a Deputy Speaker of Parliament Presiding over proceedings forfeits the right to be counted as part of the MPs present.
Not satisfied with the ruling, Mr Justice Abdulai filed for Review.
The Supreme Court declined to award costs against him, but indicated that it would have awarded a hefty cost if it was not a Constitutional matter.
The Court advised Mr Abdulai to comply with the rules of ethics and refrain from granting interviews to the media after filing an application before Court.