Supreme Court Rules Parliament’s Endorsement of President and Vice President Spouses’ Salaries Unconstitutional

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Supreme Court rules Parliament’s endorsement of President and Vice President spouses’ salaries unconstitutional. Stay updated on legal developments.

In today’s ruling, a seven-member panel chaired by Chief Justice Gertrude Torkornoo declared that the positions of the First and Second ladies of Ghana are not considered as Public Office holders. They emphasized that the Emolument Committee of Parliament is restricted to recommending salaries, benefits, and privileges only for public office holders. This ruling stemmed from a case filed by Mr. Kwame Baffoe, also known as Abronye D., the Bono Regional Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Mr. Abronye’s fourth relief, which sought the Court to declare that Parliament cannot unilaterally initiate or approve payment of emoluments from public funds without a bill originating from and introduced by the government and duly passed into law, was not granted.

In contrast, when National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs) for South Dayi Constituency, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, filed a similar action, most of his reliefs regarding the recommendations of the Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu Committee were dismissed, with only one being granted.

The seven-member panel, including Justices Gabriel Pwamang, Avril Lovelace-Johnson, Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, Barbara Ackah-Yensu, Samuel Kwame Adibu Asiedu, and Ernest Yao Gaewu, oversaw the case.

Source: Graphic Online

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