I can’t make a decision on Adwoa Safo in a hurry; I need time – Bagbin

Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has stated that he will not rush to rule on the recommendations made by Parliament’s Privileges Committee on the three New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament who were interrogated by the Committee for absenting themselves from Parliament without permission.

As a result, he has postponed his decision until Parliament returns from recess today, July 28, according to TV3’s Parliamentary Correspondent Komla Kluste.

Mr Bagbin told the House on Thursday, July 28, that he needed time to prepare a reasoned written ruling on the matter.

“Dear Honorable Members, I consulted the old lady, and the old lady gave me advice, which I believe is correct. The Majority Leader’s concern is one of both substantive and procedural law.

“I need time to submit a reasoned, written ruling to this house.” I’m afraid I can’t give you the decision today. In the circumstances, I will urge this House to adjourn.”

Kennedy Agyapong, MP for Assin Central, Henry Quartey, MP for Ayawaso Central, and Sarah Adwoa Safo, MP for Dome-Kwabenya of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), were hauled before the Privileges Committee for absenting themselves from Parliament without permission.

The Committee met with Ken Agyapong and Henry Quartey, but was unable to meet with Adwoa Safo because she was not within the Committee’s jurisdiction.

In its final decision, the Committee decided that “Hon Kennedy Ohene Agyapong and Hon Henry Quartey admitted having absented themselves for more than the fifteen Sittings threshold.” However, the reasons given for absence by Hon Kennedy Ohene Agyapong and Hon Henry Quartey were found to be reasonable.

In the case of Hon Sarah Adwoa Safo, despite all efforts to invite her to appear before the Committee, the Hon Member did not appear before the Committee to explain why she was absent from the House without written permission for more than the fifteen Sittings threshold.

“According to the provisions of Article 97 (1) (c) of the 1992 Constitution, the onus is on Hon Sarah Adwoa Safo to provide a reasonable explanation to the Privileges Committee as to why she should not vacate her Seat, despite having missed forty-two (42) sittings during the period under consideration.”

“The Minority Members on the Committee acknowledge that reasonable efforts were made to get Hon Sarah Adwoa Safo to appear before the Committee; however, the Minority Members believe that Hon Sarah Adwoa Safo’s failure to respond to the Committee’s numerous invitations should be reported to the House without any conclusions.”

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