Parliament will debate on the removal or otherwise of Adwoa Safo – Speaker rules

The Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has ruled that Parliament will debate on the removal or otherwise of Dome Kwabenya Member of Parliament Sarah Adowa Safo.

Delivering his ruling in Parliament on Wednesday October 26, Speaker Bagbin said “The house is well within its right to receive and consider the report from the committee and make a determination.

“It is my ruling that motion be was rightfully admitted.”

Sarah Adwoa Safo absented herself for more than the stipulated 15 days.

The Majority caucus wanted her seat to be declared vacant but this was opposed by the Minority, who felt she should be heard first.

The Speaker also questioned the authority of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MPs to declare her seat vacant.

In March, Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu disclosed that Sarah Adwoa Safo had requested a month-long leave from the House.

Subsequently, the Speaker referred her case and that of two other MPs, namely Henry Quartey, MP for Ayawaso Central and Kennedy Agyapong, MP for Assin Central, to the Privileges Committee for hearing.

Speaker Bagbin, who deferred ruling on the matter before parliament went on recess, promised to do so when sitting resumes.

In a formal communication to the House on Tuesday, the Speaker noted that because there were few things to transact just after the assumption, he deferred the ruling to Wednesday.

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