The President has not consulted Parliament on Council of State appointees – Speaker.

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Speaker of Parliament Hon. Alban Bagbin has stated that he did not receive any communication from the President prior to the release of the 11 appointees nominated for the Council of State.

This, he stated constitutes a breach of Articles 89(2) of the 1992 Constitution.

This follows the publication of some names for appointments unto the Council of State by the Presidency in a release statement on Monday.

The appointees on the list include former Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, former Chief of Defence Staff General J. B. Danquah and former Inspector General of Police Nana Owusu Nsiah among others.

Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu indicated that the statement from the Communication Directorate is an aberration of the Constitution and as no such consultations had been done with Parliament.

Citing Article 89(2) which states that “The Council of State shall consist of a) following persons appointed by the President in consultation with Parliament”, the Tamale South MP stressed that appointments of this nature is a shared responsibility between the Executive and Legislative arms of government.

“… But Mr. Speaker, no formal communication from the President, yet there is announcement in the air. We can’t follow those announcements. So Mr Speaker, the President’s handlers must know that before they go to the media, you are officially notified.

The purpose of this House is to know the important decisions the President is taking so that the President can work with Parliament as an arm of government,” he said.

However, Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markins disagreed with his colleague on the other side’s position saying that the Executive does not seek to undermine the authority of Parliament as the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs insinuate.

President Appoints Council of State.

“Is the consultation so to mean a formal letter to you [the Speaker] or an engagement? Since in any event the provision in the Article further states individuals who can be appointed to the Council of State,” he said.

After listening to the argument on the floor, the Speaker confirmed that indeed the President has not consulted him, as the leader of the House concerning the names that have been published.

In that regard, he announced that a message will be conveyed to the Office of the President for the appropriate thing to be done.

“I have not received any communication from the President in this respect. Neither verbal nor written, formal or informal. And so the Minority Leader is right in drawing the attention of the House to this, and I will direct that this be conveyed to the Office of the President that the proper thing is done,” he said.

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