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Breaking: Fresh Chaos Erupts In Parliament As Minority Blocks Joe Wise From Voting On E-Levy

Monday, 20th December 2021

Parliament is boiling again as the house takes a decision on the controversial E Levy bill. The bill was approved by a 13:12 majority decision by the finance committee earlier today.

When the bill was moved under certificate of urgency, the MP for Bawku Central Hon Mahama Ayariga opposed it as he argued that there was no document to support the motion under certificate of urgency. But the second deputy speaker ruled that, minutes from the finance committee indicated clearly that the motion will be moved under certificate of urgency.

When he placed the first question on the motion and ruled that the 'I's had it, MP for Asawase, Hon. Muntaka raised objection and called for division of the house thus headcount. But this was opposed by the majority group who were not present in their numbers.

Eventually, the Hon. Andrew Asiamah ruled in favour of the NDC MP to go for a division. But before doing so, the sit in speaker suspended the house for some time. When the house resumed, the first deputy speaker Hon. Joe Osei Wusu took over to preside. But he made it clear that he will vote. This was objected by the NDC side who quoted article 91 of the constitution which says that the person presiding is not entitled to a casting or original vote.

That notwithstanding, voting began smoothly. After the second deputy speaker voted, Hon. Joe Osei Wusu called on him to take over the house so he can cast his vote. This resulted to chaos in the plenary as NDC MPs rushed to prevent the second deputy speaker from taking over. They vowed not to allow the first deputy speaker to vote because he was the one presiding. The NPP MPs countered them resulting to exchange of blows.

It took the intervention of the marshals and leadership of the house to restore calm. Unfortunately some chairs were broken down in the cause of the chaos.

As at the time of filing this report, calm had returned to the house. However, leadership of the two sides were seeking the best way to handle the impasse.

CitizenOne is in parliament and will bring followers up to minute update.


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