In the absence of any setback, Parliament is expected to take a final decision on the 2024 Budget Statement today, December 7, 2023.
The Majority Caucus on Wednesday, November 29, staged a walkout of the Chamber, disrupting the approval process of the budget.
The walkout was after the Speaker, Alban Bagbin put the motion on a voice vote and declared the “Ayes” by the Majority as having carried the motion.
However, the Minority Caucus challenged the ruling and opted for a headcount, forcing the Majority group to stage a walkout.
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Speaker Bagbin subsequently announced that the headcount vote would be conducted today, December 7, to pave the way for the approval of budget estimates.
“The Budget Statement and the Economic Policy of the government for the year ending December 31, 2024 is still before the House and it is not hanging,” he said.
Setting the record straight on whether the House approved or not the motion for the budget statement on Wednesday, Mr Bagbin said “Nobody has hanged the budget statement on any tree or anything.”
“It is still before House and it is not a matter that the Speaker should be seen or heard debating in public because it is still before the House and the final decision will be taken mostly likely next week,” he said.