On Thursday morning, January 7, 2021, Parliament was plunged into a state of uncertainty when the National Democratic Congress (NDC) caucus refused a decision by Parliament’s Secretary, Cyril Kwabena Oteng Nsiah, to bar James Gyakye Quayson, the Member of Parliament (MP) elected for Assin North, from taking part in the process of appointing a House Speaker.
The drama erupted after the Clerk suggested that, due to the restraining order from the Cape Coast High Court, he did not consider Mr. Quayson as a candidate for legislative business and the appointment of Speaker.
The leader of the NDC Caucus of Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, after the Clerk’s decision, asked to see the aforementioned court document served on the Clerk of Parliament barring the Assin North from the day’s proceedings.
In protest of the Chairman’s vote, several of the MPs on the NDC side were later seen running to the Clerk’s lobby.
Parliament’s police and Marshalls had a difficult time attempting to ensure sanity in the Chamber.
To shield the Clerk from being approached by the NDC MPs-elect, security officers and the Marshalls had to shape human walls.