Minority expresses disappointment over Clerks’ work in Parliament

The Minority Caucus in Parliament has expressed disappointment with the Clerk to Parliament and accused him of omitting the names of some National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs) in the votes and proceedings of the House on March 29, 2022.

According to the Caucus, the Clerk also erred to record a walkout by the Minority ahead of the passage of the Electronic Transfer Levy (E-Levy).

Speaking on the floor of Parliament, the Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka, urged the Clerk’s team to discharge their duties devoid of partisanship.

He insisted that except for James Gyekye Quayson, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin North Constituency in the Central Region, every single member on their side was in the House and all the other members claimed to be absent were in the House.

Alhaji Muntaka interpreted the actions of the Clerk as an “unforgivable error” and “a deliberate mistake” such as the omission of the walkout staged by the Minority Caucus in the official document of Parliament.

“Mr Speaker, with the greatest of respect to our Clerks, people indeed react to their party affiliations, but what we expect from them are fairness and accurate reporting but this partisan behaviour, we will not tolerate because their action was deliberate and intended for a purpose, and unfortunately, that purpose has been achieved,” he decried.

Responding to the comments by the Minority against the Clerk to Parliament, Kwamena Afenyo- Markin, the Deputy Majority Leader, said it was unfair and called for the submission to be expunged from the records of the House.

He disagreed with the argument the Clerk and his attendants were being partisan and was unacceptable for such a statement should come from a leader of the House since the Clerk could not be heard and respond on the floor and the issue should be addressed by all.

“This is not an issue we should split hairs on, I think this issue should be addressed by all, I think this is an issue we must sit in conclave to resolve and this part of the submission that accuses the Clerk must be expunged from the records,” Mr Afenyo-Markin noted. -GNA

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