The Vice-Chairman of Education Committee of Parliament, Dr Prince Hamid Armah has condemned the Minority side of parliament for causing chaos in the house last Monday.
According to him, though the Minority might have reasons for turning down the government decision to introduce the E-levy, he hopes those reasons could be rescinded with the Birth of Christ that brings peace and happiness to the world.
He said it is the hope that the Minority would use the Christmas and the New festive to reflect soberly and soften their stance on the Electronic Transaction Bill known as the E-levy currently before parliament
Dr Price Armah was reacting to the Confusion that broke out in Parliament on Monday night when the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Minority prevented the first Deputy Speaker Mr Joseph Osei-Owusu, from sitting as Speaker, from casting his vote.
The vote was to determine whether or not the House should adopt the Electronic Transfer Levy Bill 2021 (E-Levy) Motion for deliberation.
He told EXPRESSNEWSGHANA after the House recessed for Christmas, that the Minority entrenched stance on the E-levy Bill is not the best for the country as the government needs funds to develop the country.
He condemned the free-for-all fight that broke out in parliament on Monday night over the controversial E-levy bill.
In his considered view, the development is embarrassing and shameful, stressing that the government, stressing that it has tarnished the nation image badly at the international level.
“Personally, I think this is a very shameful and embarrassing moment for us in parliament. I think all of us in parliament must be bowing down our heads in shame for this gross dereliction of responsibility and we must apologize for the people we represent in parliament,” he said
The Minority Members were of the view that the Standing Orders of the House did not permit a person presiding as a Speaker to vote.
The chaos led to a standstill in Parliament for about 45 minutes and the House was later adjourned till Tuesday, December 21.
On Tuesday, the house did not sit and Mr. Andrews Asiamah Amoako, the Second Deputy Speaker, adjourned sitting sine-die till January 18, 2022.
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