Ghana’s Parliament after a long night of drama has by consensus retained Joe Osei Wusu as the 1st Deputy Speaker of Parliament.
Both NDC and NPP MPs also by consensus have settled on Amoako Andrew Asiamah, the Independent Member of Parliament for the Fomena constituency as the 2nd Deputy Speaker of the 8th Parliament.
Mr Asiamah was sacked from parliament and disowned by the NPP for going independent in the run up to the 2020 elections.
He, however, won the elections as an independent candidate convincingly and has indicated his willingness to sit with the NPP in Parliament.
The decision by the MPs came after the former MP for Nadowli-Kaleo surprisingly won the Speakership race polling 138 votes to beat incumbent Speaker, Professor Mike Oquaye.
The results sent shock waves across the aisles where NPP MPs were seated. Visibly shocked and dejected, NPP MPs who were very hopeful that their members will retain Prof. Oquaye found it hard to accept the results of the laborious voting process.
Carlos Ahenkorah snatches ballot papers in Parliament
Member of Parliament-elect for Tema West Carlos Ahenkorah shocked his colleague incoming lawmakers when snatched ballot papers during counting in the controversial polls to elect a Speaker for the 8th Parliament.
The MP-elect was however chased and seized from exiting the chamber with the snatched ballots by MPs from the NDC aisle of the House. The papers have since been redeemed.
Soldiers in Parliament
Soldiers stormed Ghana’s parliament over a protracted stalemate between MPs-elect over the election of a new Speaker of the House.
The election went into a near-violent hold up after leadership of the NDC in the House accused their colleagues from the NPP of violating the secret ballot rule of the election by showing their ballot to themselves.
Meanwhile, the Clerk of Parliament has told the injuncted Assin North MP-elect that he could decide to partake in the ongoing voting to decide a Speaker of the 8th Parliament and bear the consequences or opt out.
It comes after long hours of stalemate between NDC and NPP MPs over the legality or otherwise of James Gyekye Quayson to be part of the exercise.
“I have spoken to the MP-elect and I have duly informed both leaders. He can decide to vote and bear the consequences there,” he said.
Details on Chaos
Chaos erupted in Parliament over the court injunction directed at the MP-elect for Assin North James Gyekye Quayson.
Both sides of the House have been in protracted verbal exchanges over the legality or otherwise for the MP-elect to partake in the election of a Speaker for the 8th Parliament.
While the NDC MPs insist their the summon was not properly served on the clerk of Parliament who is chairing the sitting, the NPP MPs argue the MP-elect cannot be allowed to vote since the court injunction bars him.
The Cape Coast High Court has granted an injunction against the Member of Parliament for Assin North James Gyekye Quayson restraining him from holding himself as NDC MP-elect for the constituency over dual citizenship.
This follows a petition against the MP-elect by one Michael Ankoma-Nimfah, a mason and resident of Assin Bereku.
Giving his ruling on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, the presiding judge, Justice Kwasi Boakye said Mr. Quayson was “restrained from holding himself out as Member of Parliament-elect for the Assin North constituency within the Central Region of the Republic of Ghana and further presenting himself to be sworn in as Member of Parliament-elect as such until the final determination of the petition.”
Mr Quayson had dismissed the claim when it was earlier brought up by the New Patriotic Party.
The NDC in a statement following the allegation said MP-elect upon a petition presented to the Electoral Commission was invited where he defended himself by providing the needed documents to prove that he has renounced his Canadian Citizenship.
However, the complainant said the MP-elect still held on the Canadian citizenship when he was filing to contest in the December polls.