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Carlos Ahenkorah snatches ballot papers during Speaker of Parliament election

The Member of Parliament for Tema West, Carlos Ahenkorah did the unexpected on Thursday morning in Parliament when he snatched uncounted ballot papers in the Speaker of Parliament elections and attempted to bolt with it.

This was after the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament began celebrating what they expected to be a victory in their favour.

He was quickly chased and accosted at the entrance of the parliamentary chamber and physically challenged by some NDC MPs.

The Chief Whip on the NDC side and MP for Asawase, Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak also went after him and secured the ballot papers which were returned to the table.

Carlos Ahenkorah has since left the parliamentary chamber.

Earlier, Parliament was thrown into a state of confusion on Thursday dawn, January 7, 2021, when the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Caucus rejected a decision by the Clerk of Parliament, Cyril Kwabena Oteng Nsiah, to prevent the Member of Parliament (MP) elect for Assin North, James Gyakye Quayson from taking part in processes for the selection of a Speaker for the House.

But upon further discussion the NDC MP’s request was later granted with the Clerk warning that Parliament cannot be held responsible for the consequences that may arise from its decision to vote in the process.

Following a restart of the voting process which saw each MP’s name mentioned to move to cast their votes, Mr. Gyakye Quayson was also called up.

He moved to the voting booth and duly voted in the exercise.

So the Member of Parliament (MP) elect for Assin North, James Gyakye Quayson thus cast his ballot in the voting process for the selection of a Speaker for the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic.

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