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Assin North: Court issues an injunction to prohibit the swearing-in of NDC MP-elect

The High Court of Cape Coast ordered an injunction restraining the Member of Parliament—elected for Assin North, Richard Quayson, from being sworn in—to the 8th Parliament tomorrow, Thursday, 7 January 2021.

In a lawsuit brought by Michael Ankomah-Nimfa of Assin Bereku, who argues that Mr. Quayson is a dual citizen of Ghana and Canada, the injunction was issued.

In the substantive situation, owing to dual citizenship arguments, Mr. Ankomah-Nimfa tries to annul the declaration of Mr. Quayson as the winner of the December 7 polls.

He based his argument on Article 94(2)(a) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, which states that ‘a individual is not fit to be a member of Parliament if he owes loyalty to a country other than Ghana.’

Justice Kwasi Boakye, the presiding judge, ruled that Mr. Quayson was “restrained from holding himself as an elected Member of Parliament for the Assin North constituency within the Central Region of the Republic of Ghana and from submitting himself to be sworn in as an elected Member of Parliament until the final determination of the petition.”

The Order of the Court means that 136 MPs will be submitted by the National Democratic Congress to the swearing-in ceremony for members of the 8th Parliament on 7 January.

In November 2020, because of the same dual citizenship claims, a party calling itself “Concerned Citizens of Assin North” urged the EC in the Central Region to revoke Mr. Quayson’s candidacy.

After the 2020 referendum, following the Hohoe MP-elect, Peter Amewu, this was one of four attempted injunctions; their election victories were contested by the Techiman South MP-elect, Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah and the Buem MP-elect, Kofi Adams.

In the case of Mr. Amewu, the petitioners at the Ho High Court were initially victorious, but the Supreme Court challenged the case.

The Supreme Court eventually ruled the provisional directions of injunction of the Ho High Court null and invalid.

The injunction against Kofi Adams is the New Patriotic Party (NPP) which claims that it intends to serve him the writ following the injunction action.

The Wenchi High Court denied Mr. Adjei-Mensah Korsah’s restraining order filed by the NDC after questioning the legitimacy and outcome of the results of the parliamentary election in the constituency.

Source: citinewsroom

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