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Group wants Tema West MP punished for snatching ballot papers

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A group calling itself the Concerned Youth of Tema West is calling for its Member of Parliament, Carlos Ahenkorah to be punished according to the law for snatching ballot papers in Parliament.

Mr Ahenkorah snatched uncounted ballot papers after he realized that his side lost the speakership election on Thursday, January 7, 2020.

He attempted to bolted away with the papers but was chased by some minority members and security officials.

The convener of the group Boutrous Andy, speaking on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News said “This is not the first time he has engaged in such lawlessness and recklessness. During COVID-19, he endangered the lives of many, knowing fully well that he was infected. It resulted in the death of a party member. Because he went unpunished for his lawlessness, he has been emboldened to do more.”

“We will not tolerate this. We voted for him to represent us and not to engage in such atrocities.  Someone was arrested in Sene West for snatching a ballot box, what Carlos did is worse than that, yet that man was fined and banned, and also sentenced to jail.  It will be unfair if this man is not dealt with.”

However, Mr Ahenkorah has apologized for his actions in a statement.

He said “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. I apologize though to my family and friends both far and near who may be affected by my actions. The NPP in me couldn’t be controlled. I apologize but I tried!!!”

He further added that “I must say I am heartbroken and dejected. We’ve not seen the end of this yet. With this success, they would tell us what they [NDC] want and what they don’t want in parliament because the whip system has been compromised. This is so sad. I’ll die for my party any day.” the statement added.

Source: Ghana Waves

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