Chaos in Ghanaian parliament as opposition candidate wins house speaker

Ghanaian parliament was met with total chaos as the members of parliament elect failed to agree over the election of the speaker of the house.

According to the constitution of Ghana, the mandate to elect the parliamentary speaker lies in the hands of the members of parliament at the end of each term.

The current situation of the house is that the two parties have equal members of parliament, thus 137 each with one independent candidate who is biased towards the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The NPP has a candidate for the position who happen to be the former speaker, Professor Mike Oquaye whilst the National Democratic Congress (NDC) also proposed a candidate in the person of Honorable Alban Bagbin.

Honorable Alban Bagbin

 Article 104 (4) of the 1992 Constitution and Standing Order 9 (1) of Parliament demands that the election of the Speaker shall be done by secret ballot constitution states that; the law equally states that, a speaker shall be duly elected with a simple majority.

The confusion however surrounds the voting method; the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC)’ Members of Parliament raised concerns that, the NPP MP’s are showing their votes to each other which is a breach of secrecy as stated by law.

This disagreement degenerated into physical engagements to the extent that, the military has to be brought in to maintain order but were later sent out.

A consultation was held with the leadership of both parties, together with the security heads after calm was restored and the election was held.
In a dramatic turn-out, the candidate of the opposition NDC, Honorable Alban Bagbin has emerged winner of the parliamentary speaker’s seat; which means that, some MPs from the ruling party voted against their own candidate. 

The President will be officially swon in later today after the 8th parliament is duly constituted.

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