07 Jan Ghana : NDC snatches Speaker of parliament from the NPP
By Enoch Adjei
Dateline Africa Correspondent
Former Member of Parliament (MP) for Nadowli Kaleo Constituency and Second Deputy Speaker of the 7th Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has been elected Speaker for the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic.
It had been a marathon of confusion on the floor of Parliament right from the dissolution of the 7th Parliament through to the election of a new speaker for the 8th Parliament.
An election process, which started moments after 12:00am January 7, ran through the dawn to about 6:00am.
The results suggest that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) side of the House beat the New Patriotic Party (NPP) side with two votes to put Mr. Bagbin ahead of the immediate past Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, who was re-nominated by the NPP caucus.
Bagbin is a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and had represented the Nadowli Kaleo Constituency in the Upper West Region in Parliament seven consecutive times.
He did not contest last year’s elections.