Mahama calls for immediate sanction of Carlos Ahenkorah

Mahama calls for immediate sanction of Carlos Ahenkorah over ballot papers snatching

Mahama calls for immediate sanction of Carlos Ahenkorah over ballot papers snatching

Mahama calls for immediate sanction of Carlos Ahenkorah over ballot papers snatching

Former President John Dramani Mahama is calling for an investigation into the various incidents that characterised the election of Speaker of the eight Parliament in Accra on Thursday.

Mentioning particularly the invasion of the parliamentary chamber by military personnel and the snatching of ballot papers during counting by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tema West, Carlos Ahenkorah, he charged Parliament to probe the two incidents and punish persons behind them.

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Sharing his concern in a tweet, Former President Mahama condemned the act and called for immediate investigations into the incidents.

“Parliament must conduct an investigation into the two incidents and exact appropriate sanctions,” he said.

Mr Mahama accused the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government of trying to return the country to the era where military personnel had control of governance, saying that this is evidenced in the continuous use of the military in various national democratic exercises.

“The attempt to snatch ballot papers by the MP-elect for Tema West and the invasion of the Chamber by armed military personnel are images one had never expected to see in our 4th Republican Parliament. The recent use of the military in civil democratic processes has become a major worry & gives the impression that this admin is continually seeking to resurrect the exorcised ghosts of our military past,” he added.

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Several unexpected incidents characterised the dissolution of the old Parliament and inauguration of a new one from the night of Wednesday, January 6, 2021 to Thursday, January 7, 2021.

Earlier, the NDC Members of Parliament, clad in white, moved to sit on the right side of the Speaker to indicate they were in the majority which sparked serious controversy.

Later the issue of allowing the MP-elect for Assin North, James Gyakye Quayson to vote in the election came up strongly as the Clerk who superintended over the voting process indicated that he would not allow him to cast his ballot due to court injunction which bar him from holding himself out as the MP-elect.

That issue was resolved and the NDC MP was allowed to vote subsequently.

During counting of the ballots, the Member of Parliament for Tema West and former Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry ran to the table and snatched the uncounted ballots of Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye and attempted to bolt with it.

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The Chief Whip on the NDC side and MP for Asawase, Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak immediately went after him and secured the ballots.

Meanwhile, Muntaka already snatched ballot box during voting, arguing that the standing order of Parliament require them to cast vote secretly.

According to Mr Mahama, the developments proved to “low point(s)” in Ghana’s democratic practice.

“The events of last night stretching into the morning of 7th January have been both a great occasion for Ghana’s democracy and at the same time a day of infamy, which will go down as a low point in our democratic practice,” he indicated.

While congratulating Alban Bagbin on his election as speaker of the eight Parliament, he commended members of the NDC Caucus for their “dedication and commitment,” adding that Bagbin’s election showed how much great things Ghana could achieve through dialogue and consensus building.


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