Dubious ‘shortfall’ of NDC MPs for E-Levy vote: What we know up until this point
E-Levy passed in the midst of Minority walkout
Present NDC MPs stamped missing during E-Levy vote
Minority bring up true criticism against Clerks
The Clerk of Parliament has been blamed for being hardliner after it arose that the record of participation to business in the House on March 29 contained blunders.
That the blunders impacted most legislators of the National Democratic Congress, NDC, (Minority assembly) didn’t improve the situation.
What maybe irritated the matter was the situation around the ‘botch’ – for example entry of the disputable Electronic Transactions (E-Levy) Bill.
The matter has accepted an aspect outside of Parliament with the NDC’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, who is an individual from the Parliamentary Service Board saying something regarding the matter.
Asiedu Nketia ‘blows caution’
“Why these individuals [the eight MP’s] will out of nowhere be stamped missing when they really were there and everyone saw them? They marked the participation sheet and I have addressed them. They marked the participation sheet so it lets you know that someone some place is altering proof,” he said in a meeting with Accra-based JoyNews.
“It gives me the feeling that the Majority side realized they misunderstand followed through with something and the endorsement of E-demand was not really supported by the guidelines, and they realize the Minority have turned to court activity thus they presently come round to counterfeit the proof that will be called for during the meeting.
“That gives me the doubt that this thing is an intentional coordination to take choices in the interest of Ghanaians when their delegates have really not taken those choices honestly,” he added.
Minority Leadership ‘pursue’ Clerk and associates
Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu and Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed-Muntaka Mubarak, brought up criticisms over the improvement on March 31 during a sitting.
Muntaka as per a GNA report deciphered the activities of the Clerk as an “indefensible blunder” and “a conscious slip-up, for example, the oversight of the walkout arranged by the Minority in the authority Parliament record.
“Mr. Speaker, I can say on record that, with the exception of Hon. James Quayson, MP for Assin North, each and every part on our side was in the house. The wide range of various individuals professed to be missing were in this house,” he said.
“Mr. Speaker, with the best of regard to our Clerks, individuals without a doubt respond to their party affiliations, yet what we anticipate from them are decency and exact detailing. This sectarian way of behaving, we won’t endure. Their activity was conscious and expected for a specific reason, and tragically, that reason has been accomplished,” he added.
Impacted MPs shout out
A portion of the impacted MPs raised worries during the Marc 31 sitting.
MP for Zebilla East, Cletus Avoka, said he has been damaged. As per him, his constituents have, following reports, called to hammer him for being missing on a significant day when the E-Levy was being thought of.
MP of Ablekuma Central who additionally claims to be a casualty portrayed the activity as a malicious and intentional endeavor to check him missing.
MP for New Edubiase, Abdul-Salem Adams additionally said his name should be cleared as he has been blamed for taking more time to be missing for the E-Levy to be passed.
Speaker Bagbin intercedes
Speaker Alban Bagbin after the Minority fight apologized to the MPs for the blunders by the table office and encouraged them to address the mistakes.
“…If you take a gander at the participation book certainly, there are mistakes. I will assume liability and apologize genuinely to the individuals. I will beg you that anything our doubts, let them remain our doubts and hence I am additionally not glad that the assistant is been delegated being sectarian. Assuming you have proof, you reserve the option to go anyplace to demonstrate it,” Bagbin said
Larger part MPs protect Clerk for ‘veritable mistakes’
In the interim, MP for Effutu and Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Kwamina Afenyo-Markin, protected the Clerk of Parliament, Cyril Kwabena Nsiah.
He portrayed a portion of the study as out of line and called for parts of the entries by the Minority to be canceled from the Hansard.
“Mr. Speaker, what I can’t help contradicting, is the contention that the Clerk and the Clerk specialists are being hardliner. That assertion coming from a head of this House isn’t adequate.
“The Clerk can’t be heard and answer on the floor, so I feel that the issue ought to be tended to by all. This is certainly not a matter we ought to fixate on silly trifles on. I believe that this issue ought to be tended to by all.
“This is certainly not a matter we ought to fixate on petty distinctions on. I imagine that this is a matter we should sit in gathering to determine. This piece of the accommodation that denounces the Clerk should be erased from the records,” he focused.
PSB to test episode
The Speaker during his entries likewise expressed that the Parliamentary Service Board, PSB, can manage the issue widely adding that there are forthcoming instances of partisanship against some staff that the Service is at present testing.
“I’m likewise not glad that the agent is being delegated being sectarian. Assuming that you have proof, you reserve the privilege to go anyplace and produce it and we will know what to do when we get to know he’s sectarian since it’s illegal.
“The Parliamentary staff as we have by regulation are non-sectarian. Any of you who has proof about the partisanship of any of the staff here, draw my consideration, we will set up the cycle, we will examine them and certainly they won’t be in the vicinity. They will be gone.
“We have such cases forthcoming before the Parliamentary Service Board and Parliamentary Service Board is taking care of them and will make disciplinary moves against the individuals from staff.
“I have most extreme obligation regarding the control, the board of all the parliamentary staff. The agent is just the head [of table]. So noteworthy individuals, satisfy allows take more time to time and go through these things well,” he focused.
Records show the accompanying NDC MPs and one NPP MP were missing on March 29:
Abdul-Latif Dan (Ablekuma Central)
Abdul-Salam Adams (New Edubiase)
Amankwa Nicholas (Amenfi East)
Avoka Cletus Apul (Zebilla)
Boateng Joseph Appiah (Afram Plains South)
Ofosu-Adjare Elizabeth (Techiman North)
Quayson James Gyakye (Assin North)
Safo Sarah Adwoa (NPP, Dome/Kwabenya)
Sukparu, Adam Mohammed (Sissala West)