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Supreme Court today to decide on John-Peter Amewu’s case

Today, 5th January, the Supreme Court of Ghana will deliver its decision on whether or not Hohoe John-Peter Amewu should be sworn in on Thursday, 7 January.

This comes after the courts heard the claims of the attorneys on both sides on Monday, January 4.

The Attorney General (AG) took the High Court to the Supreme Court for an injunction against the swearing-in of John-Peter Amewu as a member of the Hohoe Constituency Parliament.

The AG requires the Supreme Court to lift the order of injunction of the High Court and also to prohibit it from hearing the substantive complaint filed against Mr. Amewu and the Electoral Commission for lack of jurisdiction.

In the lawsuit, the AG maintains that the verdict of the High Court “constituted a patent error” because it did not have the capacity to hear the case.

‘The High Court has no authority under Article 33 of the Constitution to deal with a matter of the existence of a parliamentary election petition and to offer any interim, interlocutory or final relief required in a parliamentary election commended pursuant to Article 99 and Section 16 of the Representative of the People’s Statute, 1992 (PNDC 284).

‘The trial of the court below and the directions thereto dated 23 December 2020 were invalid, as were in breach of Article 99 of the Constitution,’ the appellant noted in his appeal.

On Wednesday, 23 December, the Ho High Court, presided over by Justice George Buadi, issued a temporary injunction restraining the Commission from considering Hohoe as a member of the New Patriotic Party (MP).

This was the result of an ex-parte application by citizens of the Guan District who were not given the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

Source: 3news

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