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Politics of Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Source: 3news.com

Cancellation of Assin North parliament results victory for rule of law – Nana B

Private legal practitioner and member of the NPP, Henry Nana Boakye Private legal practitioner and member of the NPP, Henry Nana Boakye

Private legal practitioner and member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Henry Nana Boakye (Nana B) has said the cancellation of the Assin North parliamentary election results by the Cape Coast High Court is a victory for rule of law.

The Court on Wednesday, July 28 annulled the 2020 parliamentary election result.

A cost of 10, 000 has been awarded against the Electoral commission and 30 thousand against James Gyakye Quayson who until the cancellation of the result was the Assin North MP.

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.”

One Michael Ankoma-Nimfah, a mason and resident of Assin Bereku filed a petition against Mr Quayson over dual citizenship.

Speaking to the media after the court ruling, Nana B said, “Today is another victory for rule of law. This a petition that was filed by our own friend Michael Ankomah-Nimfah.

“Today the court, after almost six months has upheld our position and the petitioner’s position for that matter.

“We had repeatedly said Honourable Quayson at the time of filing his nomination to contest as an MP was a Canadian and also a Ghanaian.”

Mr Alex Segbefia, a private legal practitioner for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) disagreed with the court saying this is a matter that the Supreme Court has to make pronouncement.

“If they nominate a judge to be in any position, when does he become judge? At the point of nomination?

“It is when he is sworn in so there are three separate dates and this is a matter we think the Supreme Court has to actually rule on.

“There is a time of filing, there is a time of election in this particular case. When the elections took place, was he a citizen of this country or not, and then there is a time of when he actually swore that he is a Member of Parliament.”

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