Sam Nartey George, a member of parliament for Ningo-Prampram, claims that the minority in parliament did not consent to the passage of the three new tax legislation on Friday. He claims that the clerk of parliament needs to be questioned on how they obtained 137 despite Ahmed Tuferu’s absence due to an injury.
He stated that he was not to blame because, according to the information the speaker received from the clerk, the majority won the vote with 137 votes. He noted that the minority would not have had to go through the vote procedure if the revenue bill had been approved by consensus.
“If we had acquiesced, we wouldn’t have gone through with the vote, we wouldn’t have accounted for our 136, we wouldn’t have challenged what appeared to be an error in counting. We are aware now that at the time we did the first count, Ahmed Tuferu was not in Parliament. “There are two [majority] MPs who also walked in after the clerks had finished taking the vote from the majority side, so clearly, that vote shouldn’t have read 136, 137, but be that as it may, the Speaker only announces what it is presented to him. “The clerks have a question to answer as to how they managed to get 137,” citinewsroom.com quoted Sam Goerge.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of Parliament has explained why the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nanton Constituency, Northern Region, Mohammed Hardi Tufeiru, was counted despite being absent in the chamber during voting. According to him, the leaders reported that the MP was incapacitated by some physical infirmity, and based on this, the MPs, including doctor Dickson Adamako Kissi who accompanied the MP, were counted and accordingly recorded.