The Supreme Court has set March 16, 2022, to decide on whether or not the Majority New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s approval of the 2022 Budget and Economic Policy of the Government last year, was in line with constitutional provisions.
Broadcast journalist, Richard Dela Sky, filed a writ invoking the original jurisdiction of the court challenging the decision of the Majority NPP, to vote to rescind the rejection of the budget by the Minority NDC.
The proceeding to approve the budget was presided over by the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei-Owusu, in the absence of NDC MPs and the Speaker, Alban Bagbin, who had who had travelled out of the country for a medical review.
The writ was filed following divergent views on the rejection of the budget on one hand by 137 NDC MPs and on the other hand the reversal of the rejection by 138 NPP MPs including the First Deputy Speaker who doubles as MP for Bekwai.
Drama unfolded when the Minority NDC decided to stay out of the chamber as the Majority Caucus, the NPP annulled the earlier rejection of the budget by the NDC and subsequently approved the same budget in November last year.
The Supreme Court, yesterday adopted the memorandum of agreed issues filed by counsel for the plaintiff and the Attorney General.