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I’ve not banned the use of phones in Parliament

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has denied banning the use of mobile phones in the gallery of the House.

This comes after Daily Guide in a publication claimed that the Speaker of Parliament had issued a directive banning the use of mobile phones in Parliament as part of enhanced security measures.

But a statement issued by the Office of the Speaker of Parliament rejected the report, describing it as false.

“Mr. Speaker has issued no such directive banning the use of phones in Parliament,” the office said in the statement.

Mr. Bagbin’s office also said, “no member of Parliament has been stopped from using his phone in the chamber.”

“The press corps who operate from the press gallery have equally not received any directive banning them from using their phones in the execution of their functions as parliamentary reporters”.

There have been suggestions in the past for MPs to be banned from using their phones in Parliament.

In 2020, the Majority Leader remarked that phones were a source of distractions during proceedings in Parliament.

 

 

 

 

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