A slap in the face of democracy! Minority disagrees with SC over Assin North MP ruling

The Minority in Parliament has described as a slap in the face of democracy and rule of law the decision by the Supreme Court for the House to expunge the name of Assin North Member (MP) James Gyakye Quayson from its records.

Minority Leader Dr Cassiel Ato Baah Forson stresses that Mr Gyakye Quayson was not a dual citizen as of the time of election and taking the oath of office into the Eighth Parliament.

“The intention of the framers of Ghana’s constitution is not to allow a dual citizen to perform the functions of a Member of Parliament,” he stated on Wednesday, May 17, hours after the unanimous decision.

“It is therefore baffling that the Supreme Court could direct the removal from Parliament of such a person who has been duly elected as a Member of Parliament.”

The Court’s decision on Wednesday followed an application by plaintiff Michael Ankomah Nimfah to the justices to proffer a true and proper interpretation of Article 94(2)(a) of the 1992 Constitution.

But Dr Forson said the Minority will later study the reasoning of the court in its written judgement and state the caucus’s position strongly.

“We urge our rank and file to be calm while we pursue all legal avenues to ensure that justice is served.”

Source: Emmanuel Kwame Amoh

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