Ghana’s Supreme Court has ordered the Speaker of Parliament to take the Oath of the President anytime he has to act in the president’s absence.
The nine-member panel presided over by Justice Sophia Akuffo unanimous ruled that the speaker’s decision not to take the Oath of the President on 4th November 2014 was in contravention of the 1992 Constitution.
According to Starr News’ court correspondent, Wilberforce Asare, “the issue as to whether or not the Speaker committed a high crime by not taking the presidential oath was not properly before the court and as a result the apex court struck out that particular pleading of the applicant.”
The case involves the Chief Executive Officer of Citi FM, Samuel Atta-Mensah and the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho.
The boss of Citi FM prayed the Supreme court to declare as unconstitutional, the Speaker of Parliament’s decision not to be sworn in as President before acting in that position in the absence of the President and his Vice.
The Speaker on two occasions, refused to take the mandatory oath of office, while the President, John Mahama and his Vice, Amissah-Arthur were on official assignments.