Globally, there are two competing models presiding member models: the non-partisan presiding member model (e.g., UK) and the partisan presiding model (e.g., USA). We, in Ghana seem to have chosen the UK model, under which the Speaker and his three deputies are non-partisan even though they are MPs. In fact, in UK the elected MP- Speaker severs all ties with his political parties and his deputies maintain a complete non-partisan posture.

Further, the Ghana model has been tailored to our circumstances by requiring that the Speaker not be an MP at all. Our preference for an impartial Speaker explains why many of our Speakers, starting from Justice Quist, Akiwumi, Annan, Bamford-Addo, etc. have come from the Judicial fraternity.

Once this preference is understood, it also becomes clear why any Presiding MP, who is


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