Chaos episodes in Parliament, the first of which occurred on Day One of the eighth Parliament, were one of the significant events that marked the year 2021.
Carlos Ahenkorah, a Tema West Member of Parliament, will be remembered for his humorous and criminal nature for a long time, but aside from the many condemnations at the time, the incident will likely not be probed.
His Minority Chief Whip has disclosed why a long-promised investigation into Ahenkorah’s ballot snatching and chewing incident during the election of a new Speaker has come to a halt.
The Minority Caucus has moved to demand an investigation, according to Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka, but Speaker Alban Bagbin has refused to admit it.
Muntaka stated in an interview with Hausa-speaking Kumasi-based Haske FM earlier this year: “Bagbin is our Speaker, but he has refused to admit that motion.” He claims that the incident occurred before he was born because there was no speaker at the time.
“We, the Minority, are likewise of the opinion that whatever happens in our country, whether inside or outside the house, Article 103 of the Constitution gives us the ability to investigate, thus the investigation must take place,” he explained.
The new Parliament formed after the 2020 elections required to elect a Speaker in the early hours of January 7, 2021, in order to ensure a smooth swearing-in of then-President-Elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Outgoing Speaker Aaron Mike Oquaye was nominated by the ruling NPP, while Alban Bagbin was nominated by the opposition NDC.
Ahenkorah stole a ballot and raced for the exit after a tumultuous process that saw Bagbin win the vote. He was accosted by Muntaka and marshals, but he had already eaten the ballot. Bagbin, on the other hand, was sworn in once it was agreed that he had won the poll.