Court injuncts NDC MP-Elect for Assin North, leaves NDC with 136 MPs

Court injuncts NDC MP-Elect for Assin North, leaves NDC with 136 MPs

NDC MP-Elect for Assin North, James Gyekye Quayson

A Cape Coast High Court has granted an interlocutory injunction restraining the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP)-Elect for Assin North from holding himself out as a legislator.

Per the decision of the court, James Gyekye Quayson will not be sworn-in as a legislator this dawn over the claim that he has dual citizenship.

In granting the injunction, Justice Kwadwo Boakye Tawiah, explained the issues raised against the MP-elect warrant full trial which requires that he be stopped from holding himself out as a legislator.

The decision of the High Court leaves the NDC with 136 MPs as against 137 legislators on the side of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and an independent candidate. The 8th Parliament will be ushered in at dawn after the dissolution of the 7th Parliament on Wednesday.

The petition against the MP-elect was filed by one Michael Ankoma-Nimfah, who described himself as a mason and resident of Assin Bereku.

Mr Quayson is alleged to owe allegiance to Canada contrary to Article 94 (1) (a) of the 1992 constitution, which prohibits dual citizenship on the part of legislators.

Documents filed with the court showed Mr Quayson was granted a certificate of renunciation of his Canadian citizenship on November 27, 2020, after he had filed his nomination to contest for the seat.

Lawyer for the embattled MP, Abraham Amaliba contends his client took steps to renounce his Canadian citizenship but lawyer for the petitioner said this should have been completed before filing his nomination.

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