Former second deputy speaker of the 7th Parliament, Alban Kingsford Sumani Bagbin, has been elected speaker for the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic according to some media sources but yet to be confirmed by the clerk.
The election for the new speaker started moments after 12:00am January 7 through the night to about 6:00am.
According to 3 News, the National Democratic Congress beat the New Patriotic Party (NPP) side with three votes to put Mr. Bagbin ahead of the former speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye who was re-nominated as the NPP’s candidate.
During the counting process, NPP’s Carlos Ahenkorah is seen in the full glare on live TV, snatching some ballot papers from the NDC votes, and that alone has suggested that things were going South for the NPP folks for their candidate Mike Ocquaye who they wanted to become speaker of parliament for the 8th parliament.
Alban Kingsford Sumani Bagbin is a Ghanaian politician who is currently the Second deputy speaker of Parliament. He was the Minister for Health in the Ghana government until February 2013 when Hanny-Sherry Ayittey took over the position.