During the counting in the just-ended Speaker of Parliament elections, Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah , the Member of Parliament-elect for Tema West, snatched a ballot sheet.
The election was reported to have been won by Alban Bagbin, the National Democratic Congress nominee (NDC)
The MP-elect for Tema West dashed into the center where counting was underway and grabbed the remaining uncounted ballots into the hands of one of the parliamentary service workers when it appeared that the counting was not going favorably for the New Patriotic Party.
Member of Parliament for Tema West Carlos Ahenkorah has said that he snatched the ballot papers for the NPP grassroots of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Carlos Ahenkorah was subject to attacks and criticisms after he snatched ballot papers whiles counting was ongoing to elect the Speaker of Parliament.
But in a statement, the lawmaker indicated that he did what he did for the love of the New Patriotic Party, the president who needs some peace to run the country and the party’s grassroots who were depending on the party’s parliamentarians.
To him, he will always want to die for the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
“It’s a very tough situation to have opposition as speaker especially when he’s the president in the absence of Nana Addo and his vice not to mention how parliament would function by passing the presidents policies and laws to pave way for development. My colleagues on the majority side couldn’t help take advantage of my sacrifices to force a rerun and we’d to settle for an opposition speaker,” he wrote in a statement.
“I must say I am heartbroken and dejected. We’ve not seen the end of this yet. With this success, they would tell us what they want and what they don’t in parliament because the whip system has been compromised. This is so sad. I’ll die for my party any day. I did it for the grassroots who relied on us in power to survive, the president who needs some peace to run the country and the greater NPP party as a whole because we cannot always allow the NDC to threaten and vilify us. I apologise though to my family and friends both far and near who may be affected by my actions. The NPP in me couldn’t be controlled. I apologise but I tried!!!”.
He, however, justified his action saying ” The first few NPP members voted the NDC whip in the person of Muntaka attacked an NPP member and collected his ballot paper from him because he’s shown it to someone. A scuffle ensued and he took the ballot box itself and the ballots inside away. After a long wait, balloting recommenced. This time the same Muntaka took the ballot box and runoff that someone was showing their ballot whiles John Jinapor and Sam George kick boxed the voting booth”.
Hence it’s indeed challenging situation to have opposition as speaker of Parliament especially when the president of the republic of Ghana, Nana Addo and his vice in their absence mandates him to take over as president by then and it’s rare among our current governmental systems and would function by passing the presidents policies and laws to pave way for governance with regards to their initiative. His colleagues on the majority side couldn’t help take advantage of the sacrifices to force a rerun as he indicated.
Parliament after voting, elected a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as Speaker of Parliament for the 8th Parliament.