Election of the Speaker
Rt. Hon. Ebenezer Sekyi Hughes
After a general election the majority party in the house in consultation with
other parties nominates a speaker. The speaker may or may not be a Member of Parliament but must possess the qualifications to stand for elections as a Member of parliament.
Duties of the Speaker
The Speaker presides over the house and enforces observance of all rules (Standing Orders) which govern its conduct. The Speakers decision upon any point of order shall not be open to appeal and shall not be reviewed by the House, except upon a substantive motion made after notice.
The speaker is obliged to be non-partisan in his actions in the house and must usually be patient even under provocation. Behind the scenes the Speaker can exercise moderating influence on both the Majority and Minority to reach consensus in certain matters. The speaker conducts debates, but can vote for or against a motion if he is an elected Member. The speaker is Chairman of Parliamentary Service Board
The current speaker of the house is Rt. Hon Ebenezer Begyina Sekyi-Hughes
Rt. Hon Ebenezer Begyina Sekyi-Hughes is the 3rd Speaker of the 4th Parliament of the Republic of Ghana.
The Rt. Hon Speaker was born in Cape Coast on September 4, 1939. He was educated at Cape Coast Government Boys School from 1945-1953 and Adisadel College from 1954-1960
He graduated from the University of Ghana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964. He proceeded to the Ghana School of Law and graduated with an LLB in 1966.
In 1965 he received a special award from the Academy of International Law, The Hague to attend seminars on both public and private international law. He also attended the international court of Justice Hearings on South-West African suit at The Hague.
He was admitted to the Ghana Bar as a barrister and solicitor of the supreme court of Ghana in 1966.
The Rt. Hon E. B. Sekyi-Hughes worked as a legal practitioner and partner in Gaisie, Zwennes, Hughes and co., a law firm with branches in Takoradi and Accra.
He was appointed notary public by the Chief Justice of Ghana in 1974 and was elevated to the status of senior advocate of Ghana in 1990.
He has held the following positions
â€¢ President of the Ghana Bar Association, Western Region 1977 â€“ 1981
â€¢ Member of the judicial council which appoints judicial officers of whatever rank in Ghana. 1977 -1981
â€¢ A member of the Bar Council (The National Executive of the Ghana Bar Association.
â€¢ Member of the International Bar Association
He attended the following conferences as a member of Ghanaâ€™s delegation
â€¢ Commonwealth Law conference in Nairobi Kenya in July 1981
â€¢ African Bar Conference in Abuja in 1991
In 2001 he was elected by the chiefs and people of the Western Region as their representative to the Council of State.
He holds the following positions in these organizations and companies
â€¢ Chairman of Ghana Oil Co. Ltd (Goil)
â€¢ Director of Multiwall Paper Sacks (WA) Ltd.
â€¢ Director of Paper Conversion Co Ltd (P.C.C)
â€¢ Director of Benso Oil Palm Plantion Ltd
â€¢ Chairman of Board of Trustees of Takoradi Sports Club
He enjoys reading, traveling and club life and is a human rights and environment activist.
Speakers of Parliament from 1951 - 2005
1 Sir Emmmanuel Charles Quist, Kt., March 1951 - 1957
2 Hon. Justice Augustus Molade Akiwumi, February 1958 â€“ June 1960
3 Hon. Joseph Richard Asiedu, July 1960 â€“June 1965
4 Hon. Kofi Asante Ofori Atta, June 10 1965 â€“ February 22 1966
5 Hon. Justice Nii Amaa Ollenu, October 1969 â€“ December 1971
6 Hon Justice Jacob Hackenbug Griffiths - Randolph, September 24, 1979 December 31, 1981
7 Rt. Hon. Justice Daniel Francis Annan, January 7, 1993 â€“ January 6, 2001
8 Rt. Hon. Peter Ala Adjetey, January 7, 2001 to January 6, 2005
9 Rt. Hon. Ebenezer Begyina Sekyi-Hughes, January 7, 2005 to date