19 December 2012

Ghana: First Day in the House After Election Tsunami

Parliament, yesterday, reconvened in a fashionable style, with the majority of members reporting for the commencement of sitting of the Third Session of the Fifth Parliament of the Fourth Republic, after going through an election which many have described as a tsunami.

The members of Parliament (MPs) had gone through a vigorous campaigning exercise that demanded great amounts of energy, wit, tact and enormous financial resources, in the hope of retaining their seats.

But, the just-ended elections pulled lots of surprises, with most MPs across the country losing their seats, just like the tidal wave (Hurricane Sandy) that swept away many homes in New York.

Despite the loss, a good majority of the MPs were present in the House. Notable amongst them were the MP for Evalue-Gwira, Catherine Afeku; MP for Jomoro, Samia Yaaba Nkrumah; MP for Agona West, Samuel K. Obodai; MP for Awutu Senya, David Nana Larbie and the MP for Lawra/Nandom, Abrose P. Derry.

The Chronicle learnt that some of the losers had still not overcome their defeat, and were contemplating when to rejoin their colleagues in the House.

The general mood of the House was very calm, but the election tsunami was the talk of the day, as many of the MPs were seen in groups discussing their predicaments and successes, while business of the House was ongoing.

On the Minority side, the discussion was centered on the loss of the presidential election, while that of the Majority side was centered on their victory in both the presidential and parliamentary elections.

Interestingly, some of the defeated MPs were also seen in groups reflecting soberly on their losses, while others were busily engaged by the media, outside the Chamber of Parliament, recounting their loss.

Moments after adjournment of the House, Samuel Obodai told journalists that he lost the Agona seat simply because his people wanted a new person to represent them in Parliament, having retained the seat on two consecutive occasions, a feat he described as historic in the constituency.

"They simply did not want me to go a third time. No one has retained the seat twice, but I am the only person to achieve that, and so going for a third time, they simply said no," he noted.

Those who retained their seats were seen congratulating each other for going through the polls successfully.

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