Majority Leader in the 7th Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has brought to bear happenings that finished in favor of the former MP for Nadowli Kaleo, Alban Bagbin, turning into the Speaker of the eighth Parliament.
Reports are overflowing that the applicant of the National Democratic Congress caucus beat his competitor, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye with 138 votes bringing about him being elected as the Speaker of Parliament from 2021 – 2025.
However, laying out the subtleties the evening of the dissolving of the seventh Parliament in an interview, the MP for Suame showed that during the democratic exercise to figure out who was to be the speaker of the House , in spite of the reports, the two candidates obtained 136 votes.
He further clarified that two of the votes were unaccounted for, while one got dismissed on the grounds that the two competitors had been tainted.
He noticed that after the brouhaha encompassing the voting form sheets including Member of Parliament for Tema West, Carlos Ahenkorah, he proposed to the leadership for a rerun of the election to be completed since it seemed two of the voting forms couldn’t be represented after they had been recovered.
That recommendation was, turned down by the authority on the opposition party (NDC) of the gap since the House had gone through more than 8 hours and were short of time before the introduction of the President-elect later in the day.
He revealed that after three endeavors to settle on if there ought to be a rerun, the police were welcomed into the chamber to secure the ballot papers.
After several deliberations and taking into consideration the actions that marred the exercise, the leadership decided to compromise for the office of the Speaker of Parliament to be conferred on the candidate of the NDC, Alban Sumana Bagbin.