The Supreme Court docket has granted James Gyakye Quayson seven extra days to file a assessment, difficult the declaration of his election because the MP for Assin North as unconstitutional by the court docket.
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A single justice of the apex court docket, Justice Ernest Yao Gaewu, as we speak granted the applying for extension of time to file the assessment.
Attorneys for Mr Quayson led by Tsatsu Tsikata had argued that though the court docket gave the judgement on Could 17, 2023 the total reasoning was made obtainable on June 5, 2023 and subsequently they wanted extension of time to file the assessment.
On Could 17, 2023 a seven-member of the court docket, held that the entire course of resulting in the election of Mr Quayson – filling of nomination kinds, election itself and swearing-in, had been all in violation of Article 94(2)(a) of the 1992 Structure, which bars an individual with twin citizenship from contesting as an MP.
It was the thought-about view of the court docket as on the time Mr Quayson filed his nomination kinds in October 2020 to contest for the Assin -North seat, he had not renounced his Canadian citizenship and subsequently was not certified per Article 94(2)(a) of the Structure.
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In view of that the court docket additional held on the Electoral Fee (EC) additionally violated Article 94(2)(a) of the Structure when it permitted Mr Quayson to contest the election.
“Upon the true and correct interpretation of Article 94(2)(a) the choice of second defendant [electoral commission] to allow the primary defendant [James Gyakye Quayson] to contest the parliamentary election of Assin North when the primary defendant had not proven proof of the cancellation of his citizenship of Canada is an act which is inconsistent with and violates Article 94(2)(a) of the 1992 Structure ,” the court docket held.
Consequently, the court docket declared that the election of Mr Quayson in addition to his swearing -in as an MP was unconstitutional, null, void and of no authorized impact.
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“Upon a real and correct interpretation of 94(2)(a) of the 1992 Structure, the the election of the primary defendant [James Gyakye Quayson] as Member of Parliament for Assin North was unconstitutional , null and void and of no authorized impact.
Upon the true and correct interpretation of Article 94(2)(a) of the 1992 Structure, the swearing in of first defendant [James Gyakye Quayson] as Member of Parliament of Assin North Constituency was unconstitutional, null and void and of no authorized impact,” the court docket held.
The court docket gave the choice after a constituent of Assin North, Michael Ankomah-Nimfah, invoked its jurisdiction to interpret and implement the structure, with a case that Mr Quayson’s election was unconstitutional.
The seven-member panel of the court docket was presided over by Justice Jones Dotse , with Justices Nene Amegatcher, Mariama Owusu, Gertrude Torkornoo, Prof Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu and Emmanuel Yonny Kulendi and Barbara Ackah -Ayensu , as members.
The court docket mentioned the total causes for its determination can be filed on the court docket’s registry by June 7, this yr
In July 2021, Mr Ankomah-Nimfah, gained a judgment on the Cape Coast Excessive Court docket nullifying Mr Quayson’s election on the premise that the MP held Canadian citizenship on the time he filed to contest the seat.
He then went to Supreme Court docket in January, this yr for interpretation of Article 94 (2) (a), the identical constitutional provision the Excessive Court docket used to nullify Mr Quayson’s election.
His foundation for going to the apex court docket was that regardless of the judgment by the Excessive Court docket, Mr Quayson nonetheless continued to parade himself as an MP.
Mr Ankomah-Nimfah sought a declaration from the Supreme Court docket that upon a real and correct interpretation of Article 94(2)(a) of the 1992 Structure, on the time the EC opened nominations for folks to file to contest the Assin North parliamentary seat, Mr Quayson held a Canadian citizenship and subsequently was not eligible to contest.
He additional needed the court docket to declare that the EC breached Article 94(2)(a) of the 1992 Structure when it allowed Mr Quayson to contest the parliamentary election in Assin North when he owed allegiance to a different nation.
Once more, he iurged the Supreme Court docket to declare your complete course of that led to Mr Quayson’s election as MP for Assin North as unconstitutional and, subsequently, null and void.
Mr Quayson polled 17,498 votes, as in opposition to 14,793 by the New Patriotic Celebration’s (NPP’s) Ms Abena Durowaa Mensah, within the December 7, 2020 parliamentary election.
On December 30, 2020, Mr Ankomah-Nimfah filed a parliamentary election petition on the Cape Coast Excessive Court docket difficult the eligibility of Mr Quayson to be an MP.
The court docket upheld the petition, and on July 28, 2021, following that petition by Mr Ankomah-Nimfah, the Cape Coast Excessive Court docket declared Mr Quayson’s election as void, on the premise that he owed allegiance to a different nation apart from Ghana, opposite to Article 94(2) of the 1992 Structure.
It was the thought-about view of the court docket that as of the time Mr Quayson filed to contest the MP place, he had not renounced his Canadian citizenship and, subsequently, he was not certified to develop into a legislator.
The court docket, presided over by Justice Kwasi Boakye, ordered the EC to organise a brand new election within the constituency.
The MP filed an attraction on the Court docket of Attraction, Cape Coast, however on March 22, the second-highest court docket of the land struck out the attraction for not being in compliance with the principles of court docket.
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