Court grants injunction against Assin North NDC MP-elect over dual citizenship

Court grants injunction against Assin North NDC MP-elect over dual citizenship

Court grants injunction against Assin North NDC MP-elect over dual citizenship

The Cape Coast High court has granted an injunction against the Member of Parliament (MP)-elect for the Assin North Constituency, James Gyakye Quayson.

The court has ruled that the budding MP cannot hold himself out as the MP-elect for the constituency.

This follows a petition filed by one Michael Ankomah that the MP-elect still held on to his Canadian citizenship when he was filing to contest in the December 7 polls.

According to the petitioner, Mr Quayson owes allegiance to both Ghana and Canada which contravenes the provision of Article 94 (2) (a) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.

He therefore urged the court to declare his position as MP-elect null and void.

Mr Quayson, the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) MP-elect, polled 17,498 while the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP), Madam Abena Durowaa Mensah had 14,793 in the just ended election.

But giving his ruling on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, the presiding judge, Justice Kwasi Boakye said Mr Quayson was “restrained from holding himself out as Member of Parliament-elect for the Assin North constituency within the Central Region of the Republic of Ghana and further presenting himself to be sworn in as Member of Parliament-elect as such until the final determination of the petition.”

Meanwhile, the Wenchi High Court presided by Justice Fredrick Arnold Nawurah has quashed a restraining order filed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) against the inauguration of Mr Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah, as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Techiman South Constituency.

The Party filed the injunction praying the court to restrain the inauguration of the MP-elect and challenged the validity and outcome of the parliamentary election results in the Constituency.

The petitioners accused the EC of manipulating collation of results in favour of the MP-elect, and believed their candidate Mr Christopher Baasongti Bayere, won the parliamentary seat in the just ended general election.

But, at the court’s sitting on Tuesday, Justice Nawurah indicated that the petitioners had no case, saying the document presented by the NDC was inconsistent and had no substance.


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