The leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Ghana have finally wrapped the selection of the country’s Deputy Speakers of Parliament following the election of Alban Bagbin as the Speaker of the 8th Parliament.
At the end of the chaotic election, a decision taken after hours of a closed-door meeting tipped Joseph Osei Owusu, and Andrews Amoako Asiamah as the selected candidates to serve as First and Second Deputy Speakers of Parliament respectively.
Both NPP and NDC agreed to the proposals.
The tight Speaker of Parliament race saw Mr. Alban Bagbin winning the election by two votes against former Speaker, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye.
The outcome of that election remains a major shock to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as the party hoped to consolidate its grip on power by securing majority representation in Parliament and getting their proposed Speaker of Parliament nominee, Prof. Oquaye maintained.
Joseph Osei Owusu, an NPP member, is the Member of Parliament for Bekwai Constituency in the Ashanti Region while Andrews Amoako Asiamah, also a former NPP member who is now an independent candidate, stands as a Member of Parliament for Fomena Constituency in the Adansi North District of the Ashanti Region.
Joseph Osei Owusu was the First Deputy Speaker in the 7th Parliament.