Bagbin Dismisses Motion To Declare Dome Kwabenya MP’s Seat Vacant
Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin dismisses Motion by the Majority Caucus to declare Dome Kwabenya MP’s seat vacant. The Speaker gave his ruling on the absentee MP Sarah Adwoa Safo on Wednesday, October 26, 2022. The Member of Parliament for the Dome Kwabenya had been absent for more than the stipulated fifteen days
according to the Constitution. The Majority side of the House wanted her seat declared vacant but this was opposed by the Minority MPs who felt she should be heard first. The Speaker also questioned the authority of the NPP to declare her seat vacant. In March this year, the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, disclosed
that Sarah Adwoa Safo had requested a month-long leave from the House. Subsequently, the Speaker on May 4, 2022 referred Adwoa Safo and two other individuals including Henry Quartey, MP for Ayawaso Central and Kennedy Agyapong MP for Assin Central to the Privileges Committee for hearing. Mr. Bagbin who deferred ruling
on the matter before Parliament, went on recess and promised to do so when sitting resumes. In a formal communication to the House, the Speaker noted that there were few things to transact, and deferred the ruling to October 26, 2022.