Rt Hon Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, Speaker of Parliament has rendered an unqualified apology to the house for some mistakes made on the votes and proceedings during Tuesday’s sitting in parliament when the E-levy was passed by the house.
Mr Bagbin admitted that errors did occur and took ultimate responsibility for the mistakes.
Defending the Clerk of Parliament on the floor on Thursday, March 31 2022 from some livid legislators, Mr Bagbin said the clerk is only a civil servant and that accusation of the clerk being partisan be deleted from the records.
“If you look at the attendance register for that day definitely, there are errors, I will take responsibility and apologize to members for these errors,” he said.
Mr Bagbin reiterated the fact that there are no perfect votes and proceedings which is an official report capturing Parliamentary debate anywhere in the world.
Errors, he said, are anticipated to occur hence, provisions have been made available to correct those mistakes.
He made this statement in admission to the Minority’s claim that errors were made on the votes of proceedings for Tuesday’s sitting when the E-levy was approved by the House.
The Speaker commended the Minority lawmakers for bringing this up for the necessary corrections to be made.
“There are not votes and proceedings anywhere that are perfect,” Mr Bagbin said adding that “…the draft is brought to the house giving an 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.