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Afenyo Markin accuses Speaker of setting bad precedent in referring Ken Agyapong to Privileges Committee

The Deputy Majority Leader is accusing the Speaker of Parliament of setting a bad precedent over his decision to refer Kennedy Agyapong to the privileges committee.

Alexander Afenyo Markin said Alban Kingsford Bagbin took that decision without recourse to Parliamentary procedure.

He observed that the precedent of application of such nature requires that when the motion is moved, it has to be seconded.

He stressed that members are then given the opportunity to express their views on it.

According to the Effutu MP, that was not the case in Assin Central MP’s latest referral to the Privileges Committee.

“I felt that as a House, we’ve established our own conventions and practices and again, we are bound by our rules (standing orders),” he said.

Speaker Alban Bagbin referred Mr Ohene Agyapong to the Privileges Committee for instigating attacks against JoyNews reporter, Erastus Asare Donkor

Afenyo Markin questioning the decision contends that procedural propriety is essentially any inquiry in any referral.

“I am a student of parliamentary jurisprudence, and there’s no way that I would want to go on a path other than the known path of parliamentary jurisprudence. So that is why I felt that the approach is not consistent with the standing orders,” he stated.

He also added that the approach adopted by the Speaker would hunt parliament in the future.

“Did the speaker see the video, did the honourable member procure the video to mount his argument? That was not what happened,” he said.

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