Finance Minister Ofori-Atta survives censure motion

Finance Minister Ofori-Atta survived a censure motion against him which was supposed to meet the number of votes required to succeed.

The censure motion, which was debated on and subsequently voted on, had only the 136 Minority members of parliament present to take part in the secret vote. 

The Majority NPP MPs walked out minutes before the voting commenced, describing the Minority’s action as one in futility and not adhering to the Constitution as their numbers lack the constitutional mandate to form a quorum.

Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin ruling on the vote said the Minority MPs did not meet the Constitutional threshold of 183 MPs, thus two-thirds of members of the House.

“In accordance with article 83(1) which reads; Parliament may by a resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of all the MPs pass a vote of censure on the Minister for State. Following the terms of Article 82 (1) the vote is accordingly lost,” he said on the floor.

It would be recalled that the Minority members filed a censure motion against Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta which sought to dismiss the Minister from office.

The Speaker subsequently referred the motion to an eight-member Adhoc Committee for a review.

The Committee after its hearing presented its report to the House. The report was admitted by the House in Parliament on Thursday before the debate on the censure motion.

Already, some 98 NPP MPs had called for the head of the Minister on grounds of incompetence and mismanagement of the economy.

The NPP MPs were later invited by the President and National Executives of the party who appealed to the MPs to allow the Minister conclude the IMF negotiations and presentation of the 2023 Budget.