March 31, 2022

The Right Hon. Speaker, Alban Bagbin has apologized to the House particular members who were mostly affected by the errors in Tuesday, 29th March, 2022 Votes and Proceedings.
The Minority side of the House took strong exception to the errors in which eight (8) of their members that were present in the chamber and took part in proceedings were recorded absent.
According to them such errors on a day as important as the approval of a bill like the E-levy that has so much public interest was unpardonable because it caused so much disaffection for them from their constituents.
But commenting on the development on Thursday, 31st March, 2022, the Speaker who took full responsibility of the errors said; “If you look at the attendance book definitely, there are errors, I will take responsibility and apologize to members for these errors”.
He said there are no votes and proceedings anywhere that are perfect, adding that it is for that reason the draft is brought to the house giving opportunity to members to right the wrongs that they have been captured on the votes and proceedings.”
“So rightly you have come and corrected, what you have done is right, we will go through properly and correct the errors,” he said.
Mr. Bagbin, however, appealed to the general public not to take everything they read in the media hook line and sinker without verifying.
On the other hand, he commended the public for taking keen interest in the affairs of parliament, adding there is no democracy without a functioning parliament.
Meanwhile, the Minority led by Haruna Iddrisu, Okudzeto Ablakwa, and Mahama Ayariga have filed a Stay of Execution suit at the Supreme Court to challenge what they described as the illegal and unconstitutional approval of the E-levy, because in their view, the Majority did not have the right numbers to pass it.
“This is a charade,” he said at a press conference in Parliament, adding that “there is no E-levy.”
“The majority of less than 137 conducting businesses only proceeded on illegal and unconstitutional business. Parliament did not have the numbers to take any decision that should binding Parliament and Ghanaians,” he added.