You can’t hold yourself as MP for Assin North – High Court tells Gyakye

The Cape Coast High Court has annulled the 2020 Parliamentary election held in the Assin North constituency. The said election saw the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Joe Gyakye Quayson being elected as the Member of Parliament (MP).

The Court which was presided over by Justice Kwasi Boakye on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, accordingly, restrained Mr. Quayson from holding himself as MP for the Assin North constituency.

The Court has therefore, ordered for a fresh election to be conducted in the constituency.

The petitioner, Michael Ankomah Nimfah, had contended that Quayson held dual citizenship as a Ghanaian and a Canadian at the time of his election, and therefore must be restrained from performing the duties of a Member of Parliament.

Election petition

Mr Quayson polled 17,498 votes as against 14,793 by the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP’s) Ms Abena Durowaa Mensah, in the December 7, 2020 parliamentary election.

However, on December 30, 2020, a resident of Assin North, Mr Michael Ankomah-Nimfah, filed a parliamentary election petition at the Cape Coast High Court challenging the eligibility of Mr Quayson to be a Member of Parliament.

He contended that the MP was not eligible on the basis that at the time he (Quayson) filed his nomination to contest as a parliamentary candidate, he was still a citizen of Canada.

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