Mr Speaker, there are so many ways -- [Interruption] -- No, not to kill a cat -- [Laughter] of supporting a friend.
I definitely was not in his constituency and was nowhere near even Kumasi. I was far away in the Upper West Region. But at least, the good Lord answered my prayers -- [Laughter.] He is assured of contesting the next election.
Mr Speaker, it is important for us to use this opportunity to give an idea to the people of this country why this whole exercise took place. I say so because we now have a very vibrant press and we have a lot of social commentators. We have media analysts and sometimes, the discussions turn into a cacophony that confuse our people.
It would be recalled that, one of the most hardworking and highly respected Members of Parliament in the person of Hon Robert Nachinab Mosore was the Member of Parliament for the Talensi Constituency. His people saw good in him and thought that he could lead the paramountcy as their chief. So, he was recalled to assume that position.
By the Constitution, he was compelled to resign from the House. When he so resigned, by the same Constitution, the Electoral Commission had only 30 days to organise a by-election. This is different from the other by-elections where the Electoral Commission had 60 days. This is what took place within the 30 days.
I personally participated in the campaigns and I can, without a shadow of doubt, say that throughout the campaign, it was very peaceful, cordial, friendly and harmonious. It was only during the course of the voting on the 7thof July, 2015 that a few incidents occurred.
Mr Speaker, I think the political parties did well during the course of the campaign, but for the last minute, which was during the voting process. It was, particularly, not at the polling stations, but outside, where there were some mis- information and propaganda, and tempers flared up. Mr Speaker, that led to some unfortunate incidents that we should all condemn. Be it as it may, it ended up with the victory of Hon B.T. Baba.
Mr Speaker, I would prefer to say that he has a few months to show his method. Being in the House is not an opportunity of luxury. So, I differ from my Hon Colleague, the Hon Deputy Minority Whip. It is really an ordeal to serve your people because it is not easy to satisfy a human being.
Truly, when you want to know whether people like you, go to the polls. The people have shown that they have some trust in him, they have seen he has the capacity and they have given him the opportunity to serve them.
Mr Speaker, I would want to advise him that he should not disappoint the people. Since he has only a few days to show what he is made of, he would need to work harder than all of us. Not only has he got to catch up with the business of the House, he has got to be prolific in his constituency and show that come 2016, he is worthy of their mandate again. So, I believe strongly that our Hon Colleague should take this on board.
Mr Speaker, he should not forget that before him were other Hon Members of Parliament, particularly one of my classmates and a Colleage, Hon John Akologu Tia, who is now the Ambassador to Canada -- [Interruptions] -- Mr Speaker, it is a slip of both my mind and tongue. He is the Ambassador to Cuba, and not Canada. Mr Speaker, I have spotted him in the distinguished persons' Gallery. After him, we had the Hon Robert Nachinab Mosore as I stated. Therefore, for him to succeed, he would need their blessings and support. So, he should not forget to show some gratitude and respect to them, as they are seniors to him.
Mr Speaker, I would not be the one to advise him on how to take on board our
most revered chiefs, elders and Tindaabas of the Talensi Constituency. They are really the custodians of the land, and for any Hon Member of Parliament to succeed, he must be able to gel into their expectations.
Mr Speaker, I am so happy that we have such a respected large durbar of chiefs and traditional leaders from the constituency. This is evident of the support that they have given to the Hon B.T. Baba. I believe that he would not disappoint them. [Hear! Hear!] We are here to put him in order, if he should so do. Please, Parliament is here to serve all of you.
So, Mr Speaker, let me also welcome him to the hot seat of Parliament, and to let him know that he would not have any honeymoon. He has to get straight to work. I have known him since the 1980s and I am sure that he would not disappoint Ghanaians.
Mr Speaker, with these few words, I would welcome him.