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MPs drama in electing Speaker is distasteful and disgraceful, says Christian Council

The election of Speaker in Parliament last Thursday (7 January 2021) was characterised by drama of snatching of ballot papers and a ballot box among MPs

The Christian Council has condemned the chaotic contention among Members of Parliament (MPs) over the election of a Speaker, describing the behaviour as “distasteful and disgraceful”.

Members of Parliament on Wednesday (6 January 2021), commenced an exercise to elect a Speaker for the House. The Speakership position was keenly contested by Professor Aaron Mike Ocquaye of the NPP and Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin of the NDC.

However, the exercise which saw Bagbin emerging victorious with 138 votes out of 274, was characterised by drama of snatching of ballot papers and a ballot box among the MPs, a situation which a number of people described as disgraceful.

The Most Reverend Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo, chairman of the Christian Council, who described the act in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the misconduct did not create a good picture for Ghana, which was widely known across the globe as a beacon of democracy.

He said the MPs should conduct themselves well and render a wholehearted apology to the citizenry and ensure that such misconduct did not repeat itself.

Most Rev. Dr. Boafo who is also the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, Ghana, said the Church also condemned the act and found it disappointing.

He said: “This is a new thing we are all experiencing. The best way is to build consensus among the Parties to prevent the nation from going back.

“Ghanaians voted for peace, development and unity, hence if they are representing us, they should think Ghana first and make it a priority in every decision they take on the floor of Parliament.”

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