The Member of Parliament for Tema West, Kingsley Carlos Ahenkorah, on Thursday morning in Parliament snatched some uncounted ballot papers and attempted to bolt with it from the Chamber as counting of ballot papers was in progress to determine who will become the Speaker of the Eighth Parliament.
The former deputy Trade and Industry Minister’s action was motivated after he had sensed the possibility of NPP’s nominated Speaker for Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, losing out to his contender, Mr. Alban Kingsford Sumani Bagbin, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) proposed candidate.
The NDC member of Parliament for Asawase, Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka, had earlier on signaled his colleague NDC MPs-elect that they had won the first counting by two votes after the first set of ballot papers had successfully been counted by the clerks of Parliament.
The signal caused the NDC MPs-elect, who were occupying the Majority side of the House, to burst into spontaneous jubilation as the counting of the second set of ballots was underway.
Mr. Ahenkorah was seen rising from his seat from the Minority side of the House and approaching the counting area, where the New Patriotic Party (NPP) member-elect for Nsawam-Adoagyiri, Frank Annoh-Dompreh, was helping to sort out the already counted ballot papers.
He unexpectedly snatched the ballot papers from the hands of the Clerks of Parliament and attempted bolting with it.
The security detail inside the Chamber attempted to stop him from getting out but he succeeded in exiting and was pursued outside. He was accosted outside, by which time he had allegedly chewed some of the ballot papers.
Following the act by the MP, the NDC MPs-elect started jubilating for allegedly winning the polls, singing on top of their voices inside the Chamber.
When word went round that the counting process should be done again, the NDC MPs-elect kicked against the suggestion and kept jubilating, while their counterparts in the NPP remained in their seats, most of them shocked at the outcome of the polls and the conduct of their colleague Tema West MP-elect.Chaos at parliament as MP elect snatches ballot papers.