“We have decided to do politics rather than business. This equal number in parliament has brought out the worst in MPs; I have repeated it, and I will repeat it again; this parliament, the eighth parliament has made the least number of laws. We have not cooperated as we did in the past.” Joseph Osei-Owusu discloses.
Joseph Osei-Owusu, the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, referred to the present legislature as the worst in the history of the country.
The harsh criticism follows previous measures by the minority caucus that have stymied legislative advancement.
The contentious event that led to Joe Wise’s decision took place on July 20, 2023, during the discussion of the Ghana Commission for UNESCO bill’s provisions.
Alhassan Suhuyini, a member of the minority, questioned the Speaker’s decision on the proposed question about the clause and expressed worries about the quorum.
Suhuyini said that a headcount was necessary since there weren’t enough lawmakers present to properly vote on the bill.
Majority Chief Whip Frank Annoh-Dompreh responded to the minority’s request for a headcount by expressing dissatisfaction and raising some doubts about the opposition’s motivations.
He suggested that the leadership had already decided to include the bill in the day’s agenda, negating the need for the headcount, and accused the minority caucus of behaving in bad faith. The headcount was followed by an adjournment.