Sunday, September 19

Assin North parliamentary election: We will contest the ruling…Minority leader reacts

Assin North parliamentary election: We will contest the ruling...Minority leader reacts
Hon Haruna Iddrisu and former President John Mahama

Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has described as a travesty of justice the ruling from the Cape Coast High Court annulling the outcome of the 2020 parliamentary elections in Assin North.

He claims it is an attempt to use the courts to determine the balance of power in parliament but the minority remains unshaken. He says the judge erred in law and in facts.

Addressing a media briefing in Parliament House, Mr. Iddrisu warns cooperation will suffer because of what has happened. The Court, presided over by Justice Kwasi Boakye, ordered for fresh elections to be conducted in the
constituency.

The case of the petitioner is that the MP, Joe Gyaakye Quayson, at the time of filing to contest the 2020 parliamentary elections, had not renounced his Canadian citizenship and thus held dual nationality.

He further avers that at the close of nominations on the 9th of October, the Assin MP had still not renounced his Canadian nationality. He says Joe Gyaakye Quayson, who still holds himself as the MP, is in complete violation of Article 94 (2a) thus the Court should declare his election null and void.

Cape Coast High Court cancels 2020 Assin North parliamentary election results
MP, Joe Gyaakye Quayson

Handing his judgement on Wednesday, the judge said the MP, Joe Gyaakye Quayson violated constitutional provisions and other statutory provisions that guide Ghana’s elections.

But speaking to the media in parliament the minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu said impediments put in the way of the MP grounds their suspicion that justice was not served but was rather used to deny the people of Assin North the sanctity of their vote in the last election.

we don’t want to believe that the court of Ghana has been capture but what is clear is that the court is been used to tilt the balance of power and to weaken the time tested historical notion of checks and balance’ he intimated.

The Tamale south member of parliament also indicated the NDC will use the same legal forum to challenge the decision of the court.’ We are of the firm believe that the judge erred in law and we will prove that but what is important is that justice must be seen to be working and there must strict application of the law’ he added.

Enforcement of the ruling means the NDC numbers in parliament will be reduced by one putting them at 136 but the minority leader is hopeful this will have not impact on their role in parliament.

In the circumstances we found ourselves in and the notion that the court is been used to change the parliamentary strength what is certain is that this can affect cooperation’ he warned.

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