Just as the MPs-elect were about to begin casting their ballots to elect a Speaker for the 8th Parliament’s inauguration, Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka and John Abdulai Jinapor were seen running to where the voting booth and the ballot box were and removing it from its location.
Parliament’s Marshall was able to carry the ballot box to safety. The Yapei-Kusawgu MP-elect, Jinapor, however, kicked the paper-box voting booth, dismantling it.
The action by Jinapor was in protest at how some NPP MPs breached the ‘secret ballot’ procedure.
Cyril Kwabena Oteng Nsiah, the Parliament clerk who had little or no power over affairs, was partially blamed for the complete chaos.
The clerk had previously ruled: “I was duly served and, therefore, for the election of the Speaker, I do not recognize James Gyakye Quayson.”
This was after the MP-elect for Efutu, Alex Afenyo-Markin, sought clarification on the subject.
“All I want to inquire, Mr. Chairman, is that you mentioned that you had received a communication from the EC. I am aware of a process involving the injunction of the MP-elect for Assin North at the Cape Coast High Court. If you have issued a court order, I want to find out from you…… Which order refers to any person on the list… So, Mr. Chair, I think a response from you is necessary because if you are served with a public process
The remarks of the MP-elect led to exchanges between MPs turning to Muntaka Mubarak, Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and others to debate whether James Gyakye should be accepted or not.
But the Clerk later claimed that despite the injection, the Assin North MP-elect could decide to vote because the consequences were solely his according to the Constitution and the Standing Orders. After a conference with Haruna Iddrisu and Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu, leaders of the NDC and NPP respectively, he came to the decision.