February 16, 2024

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Sunyani East Kwesi Ameyaw- Cheremeh on Friday, 16 February 2024 was elected as Speaker to chair affairs of the day.

Ghana’s standing orders permit the House to elect another MP to preside over proceedings in the absence of the Speaker and his deputies.

MPs have been discussing business for next week. Per standing order 12(4), “whenever the Speaker, the first deputy and the second deputy speaker are unavoidably absent, the Clerk shall chair the sitting for the election of a Member to preside at that sitting.

Mr Cheremeh was nominated by Mr. Annoh Dompreh and seconded by minority chief whip Governs Agbodza.
As the House approved the nomination, Mr. Cheremeh proceeded to take the chair as the Member Presiding to start the day’s proceedings.

He’s the first MP in the 4th republic to preside for a day. A couple of MPs rose up to congratulate Mr. Cheremeh for his one-day ascension to the chair as Speaker for today’s sitting with some calling it ‘historic’ in Ghana’s parliamentary jurisprudence where an MP is made to chair proceedings in the Speaker’s absence.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com