The Leader of New Patriotic Party(NPP) Caucus in parliament, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has disclosed that the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon Alban Bagbin was selected by consensus but not the election.
According to the Suame MP, the Speaker of Parliament was selected based on consensus some leaders of the house had after the election process was compromised by chaos.
He furthered that during the consensus meeting, he suggested that Hon. Bagbin should be sworn in as Speaker of the House, after which they will hold a re-run but his idea was rejected by some members of the NDC caucus.
Speaking to the media, he said;
“As part of building a consensus, when we met, my first proposal to my colleagues was that this election has been truncated just as the first three attempts had been truncated, and we had to begin a new voting process.”
“So that was the initial proposal. My colleagues went into the conclave and came to say that they objected to that proposal that we should do a re-run. So we were thinking through, and it was still in the process of further engagement that we came to the conclusion that where we are, let us adopt Bagbin as a consensus candidate.”
Members of Parliament on Thursday, January 7, 2021 stormed parliament house to elect the Speaker of the House and other leaders.
The election of the Speaker for the 8th Parliament was characterized by chaos as scenes from the august house shows how the elected representatives of the Ghanaian public were misconducting themselves during the process.
Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin was at the end elected the Speaker of Parliament with Joseph Osei Owusu and Andrew Asiamah Amoako as first and second deputy Speaker of Parliament respectively.