The Speaker of Parliament has been petitioned to initiate an investigation into the snatching of ballot papers by the Tema West MP, Carlos Ahenkorah, during elections for a new Speaker in Parliament on January 7.
The petitioner suggested either the privileges committee or an ad-hoc committee look into the incident that shocked many onlookers.
The petition is coming from a Mfantseman resident, John Bambir, who wants Mr. Ahenkorah to step aside from Parliament pending the investigation.
In the petition, Mr. Bambir says the Tema West MP’s actions were not only “criminal but has also cast dark clouds about our democracy and has once again exposed the undemocratic tendencies of the Akufo-Addo-led administration.”
He also wants Mr. Ahenkorah held in contempt of Parliament in line with article 122 because “his dastardly act is a clear obstruction of Parliamentary business.”
The case of one Christian Nukpete is cited in the petition who has been jailed and banned for five years from registering and voting in any election in Ghana and fined GHS 3,600 for snatching a ballot box during polls in Sene West.
“As a matter of fact, the lawmaker must also be taken through the same laws to forestall such an occurrence in the future,” Mr. Bambir insists.
Mr. Ahenkorah has since apologised for snatching the ballots.
He, however, tried to justify his actions which have been widely condemned.
“I did it for the grassroots who relied on us in power to survive, the president who needs some peace to run the country and the greater NPP party as a whole because we cannot always allow the NDC to threaten and vilify us,” the MP said in a statement.
Mr. Ahenkorah snatched the ballots when it looked like the National Democratic Congress’ nominee for Speaker, Alban Bagbin, would emerge winner in the election.