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The presidential candidate for the National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama has congratulated the Speaker for the 8th Parliament, Alban Bagbin.
He condemned the chaos that marred the process leading to the inauguration of the Eighth Parliament.
On his Facebook page, the former President said “Congratulations Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin on your election as the Speaker of the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic. “The events of last night stretching into the morning of 7th January have been both a great occasion for Ghana’s democracy and at the same time a day of infamy, which will go down as a low point in our democratic practice.”
“The attempt to snatch ballot papers by the MP-elect for Tema West and the invasion of the Chamber by armed military personnel are images one had never expected to see in our 4th Republican Parliament”.
“The recent use of the military in civil democratic processes has become a major worry and gives the impression that this administration is continually seeking to resurrect the exorcised ghosts of our military past. Parliament must conduct an investigation into the two incidents and exact appropriate sanctions”.
In his view, “the election of Speaker Bagbin affirms what a great democracy we can build for ourselves and how dialogue and consensus building can make us even stronger as a nation”.
“Congratulations to the leadership of the NDC Caucus and the Caucus members for your dedication and commitment” he added.
Source: Ghana Waves