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The Minority Whip who also doubles as the Member of Parliament for the Asawase Constituency in the Ashanti Region, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak has described the Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye as an autocratic leader who’s style of leadership is a disgrace to the country and its legislative House.
The experienced legislature spilled out his disappointing words to the Speaker when the latter refused to recognise the leadership of the minority during a vote count on the Legal Profession (Professional and Post-Call Law Course) Regulations, 2018(L.I 2355) which sought to give legal backing to the Ghana School of Law to conduct entrance exams for degree holders with Bachelor of Law from the University of Ghana.
Members of the minority who had earlier on voiced out their opinions as to why they disagree with the School conducting entrance examinations had won by a voice vote indicating that the proposal should be thrown out, however, the Speaker ruled in favour of the majority.
Order 113 of the Standing Orders of the House allows for members to oppose verdicts made by voice counts and call for head-counts and division. This system gives clear indication as to which side had won the votes cast.
Being a leader on the minority he rose to suggest the head-count option available but the Speaker “pretended” not to have noticed him and moved on with other matters.
Speaking to the media after the incident, Muntaka said for a personality like Mr Speaker who has written many books on democracy and for him to behave contrary to his own doctrines is shameful and and below the belt. He called on civil society to call the speaker to order.
Asked whether the minority will challenge Mr Speaker he said, “For us, we know his attitude is a disgrace to the nation as a whole so we leave him to his conscience; but l even doubts if he has one,” he noted.
Currently, Professional Law Course and Post Call to the Ghana bar are regulated by the Professional Law Course Regulations,1984 (L.I1296) Regulation 2 of L.I 1296 provides that “a person shall qualify for admission to the Professional Law Course at the Ghana School of Law, if the person is of good behavior and if the person has a degree conferred by the university of Ghana or any other university or institution approved by the council”.
Students with Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Ghana previously enjoyed automatic entry into the Ghana School of Law since that was the only Faculty running the course.
Source: Theresa Adezewa Ayittey ||ghananewsonline.com.gh
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