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Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu Eyes Speaker of Parliament; Leaves Veep Slot for Others

Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu is reportedly eyeing the Speaker of Parliament in the next New Patriotic Party(NPP) government irrespective of who emerges as party flagbearer and speaker, credible sources have hinted MyNewsGh.com.

Osei Kyei Mensah who is a staunch Bawumia supporter is hoping to replace Alban S.K. Bagbin in the next parliament in 2025. The Suame lawmaker has therefore reportedly taken himself out of the contest for the Vice Presidential slot which many have said will come from the Ashanti Region if Bawumia wins the flagbearership.

Names said to be interested and may come under consideration for the Number two slot include Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister for Communication, Peter Amewu, Bryn Acheampong among others.

People have wondered why the Speaker of Parliament wants to come from the Ashanti Region while the Running mate could also be from the same region.

The Speaker is the first officer of the House. He/she is one of the three highest officers of the State, ranking third in the official order of precedence after the President and the Vice President.

The office of the Speaker was first created in the then Gold Coast, under the Gold Coast (Constitution) Order in Council, 1950. Since then all Constitutions of the land have provided for the election of the Speaker of the Legislature.

The Fourth Republic Constitution provides that the Speaker shall preside in Parliament at all Sittings and in his/her absence, a Deputy Speaker. In the discharge of his/her numerous responsibilities and in the exercise of the powers vested in him/her, the Speaker is expected to be impartial and not take part in debate on the floor of the House. Behind the scenes, he/she exercises considerable influence in forging consensus on major issues, while fairly and firmly enforcing order and consistently applying the established practices of the House.

As head of the Parliamentary Institution and Chairperson of the Parliamentary Service Board, the Speaker has ultimate responsibility for the Service.


Source: MyNewsGh.com

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