Speaker of Parliament, Richard Msowoya, credited for taking a neutral stand in running Parliament’s affairs despite being vice president of opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), on Thursday made a rare tie-breaking vote and sided with opposition.
Msowoya was called to cast a tie-breaker vote after there was no accuracy of the voice vote.
Kasungu West Member of Parliament (MCP), Alex Major, wanted to waive some standing orders to bring on the floor a motion on electoral reforms.
The motion on electoral reforms appeared on the supplementary order paper.
The vote, in the form of an “aye” or “no,” was judged inconclusive in the matter and roll call showed government and opposition were tied 65 votes as 62 MPs were recorded absent in the House.
The Speaker then was called to cast a tie-breaker in line with a Standing Order in such circumstances.
In his vote, Msowoya said: “It is normal. A son shall follow the father. I will vote yes.”
The Speaker’s vote meant the motion on electoral reforms would be brought on the floor as the opposition wanted.
Msowoya’s tie-breaker vote did not amuse government, with Leader of the House George Chaponda calling for vote recount or verification of the earlier vote.
It was the first time Speaker Msowoya cast a tie-breaking vote on the floor.
Previously, Sam Mpasu when he was Speaker , he also had to cast a tie-breaking vote.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :