The newly elected Speaker of Ghana’s 8th Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has pledged to discharge his duties to Parliament and Ghanaians fairly and to the best of his ability.
In an acceptance speech after his shocking victory, the former MP for Nadwoli-Kaleo thanked his party members and promised to uphold the integrity of Parliament in the discharge of his duties.
“I will submit myself to the will of this House and pledge to serve my dear country and all Ghanaians fairly and to the best of my ability. I will also conscientiously discharge his duty as speaker of this parliament.”
Mr Bagbin in a laborious and dramatic process Thursday dawn polled 138 votes as against 136 for former Speaker Professor Mike Oquaye. The election of Mr Bagbin sent shockwaves across the aisle where NPP members of Parliament were sitting.
The election of the next Speaker of Parliament started moment after 12:00am January 7, and ran through the dawn to about 7am.
After successful votes count, the Member of Parliament for Nadowli Kaleo polled 138 votes against Mike Oquaye’s 134 votes with one spoilt ballot.