Courts don’t determine elected MPs – Haruna Iddrisu rejects injunction on Assin North MP-Elect

Courts don’t determine elected MPs – Haruna Iddrisu rejects injunction on Assin North MP-Elect

Haruna Iddrisu, Minority leader

The Minority leader has rejected a court injunction restraining the National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament (MP)-Elect for Assin North, Quayson from holding himself out as a legislator.

Addressing the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic Thursday, Haruna Iddrisu said the “courts don’t determine elected Members of Parliament.”

“Institutions have their mandates and authorities [and] the courts have the mandate to adjudicate matters before [them],” he said.

Mr Iddrisu was reacting to an inquiry made by the Effutu Member of Parliament, Martin Afenyo-Markins about the injunction granted by a High Court in Cape Coast against the Assin North MP-Elect, James Gyekye Quayson.

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.

But Mr Iddrisu has asked the 8th Parliament to reject the court’s decision since election of MPs rests on the citizens of Ghana.

“In this country the legislator is clothed with the power of legislation [and] the election of Members of Parliament is vested in the citizens of this country,” he said.

He added that “as far as we know no court processes have been served on him [Mr Quayson] personally that is why he is here having registered and having been recognised.”

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