Member of Parliament for Adansi-Asokwa constituency in the Ashanti Region, Kobina Tahiru Hammond, popularly known as KT Hammond has refuted videos and reportage that went viral about Carlos Ahenkorah who was believed to have snatched ballot papers during parliamentary election to elect a Speaker for Ghana’s 8th Parliament.
On Thursday January 7 2021, after the 7th Parliament was dissolve, there was the need for the House to elect a Speaker to usher in the 8th Parliament. A highly contested polls between Professor Aaron Mike Quaye and Hon Alban Kingsford Sumani Bagbin saw the latter emerging victorious.
However, moments before Alban Bagbin was confirmed as the Speaker of Parliament, the Tema West legislator was seen snatching ballot papers from a parliamentary official and attempted to bolt through the exit door of the chamber but he was stopped in his tracks.
The ballots were subsequently retrieved from him.
But reacting to the video tapes that has gone viral on social media, the lawmaker and member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) indicated that the member of Parliament for Tema West Constituency was only arranging the ballot papers for smooth counting.
In an interview with Kofi Adomah, he said that it was rather the “bad boys” from the side of the Ndc who were causing trouble because he did not see Carlos Ahenkorah doing anything bad.