By Patrick Biddah
The road to electing a Speaker of Parliament who will swear-in the 275 Members Of Parliament was a hell of a development when the National Democratic Congress caucus insisted on secret voting.
It all started when a simple laid down law of Article 104 (4) of electing a Speaker for the eighth Parliament was flouted with members of the New Patriotic Party caucus making their vote public after casting their ballots.
The National Democratic Congress caucus, who were outraged at the development, physically disrupted the first member from the NPP side who showed his vote to his colleagues after voting.
On three occasions when the arrangement for voting was agreed upon , the Member of Parliament-elect for Shama, Samuel Ericson Abakah, showed the vote he cast to his colleagues.
At a point, two Members of Parliament elect; Stephen Amoah of the Nhyieso constituency and Yusif Jajah of the Ayawaso North constituency physically heckled themselves when things degenerated.
The confusion first started when the Assin North Member of Parliament-elect, James Gyakye Qyuason, was ambushed by the Clerk and Chairman for the process, Cyril Nsiah by attempting to serve the MP elect of a court injunction from the Cape Coast High Court.
The NDC caucus led by the Member of Parliament-elect for Asawase, Muntaka Mubarak, who has been nominated again for the position of Chief Whip on all the occasions physically prevented the MP-ELECT for Shama from showing his ballot to his colleagues.
The situation resulted in a standoff for a long time and in the end prolonged an exercise for four hours when it should have lasted for an hour.
The two nominees whose faith are to be determined by the MPs-elect through the secret voting were, Prof .Mike Oquaye and Alban Bagbin.
In the ensuing melee, the Member of Parliament-elect for Adansi Asokwa, Kobina Tahiru Hammond, brought his experience to bear when he intervened for calm to prevail.
When all thought a way has been found around because calm was restored for voting to begin, the Member of Parliament-elect for Binduri, Abanga Abdulai, after voting showed his ballot to his colleagues which infuriated some two members of the NDC caucus who rushed onto him and kick the ballot box and push away the booth as well.