Parliament seeks clarity from Supreme Court on Gyakye Quayson’s ruling

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Parliament has decided to seek clarification from the Supreme Court on how the House should carry out the Court’s ruling on expunging the name of James Gyakye Quayson former MP for Assin North from the records of the House.

Haruna Iddrisu, a lawmaker for Tamale South, raised a constitutional challenge regarding the likelihood of the Supreme Court’s decision. He refers the speaker to Article 2(1b) of the Constitution, which discusses the effectiveness of Supreme Court decisions and how they should be followed in that regard. Article 93 of the Constitution states that Parliament shall exercise its authority to object to the Constitution. The former minority leader, who addressed the speaker on the floor of Parliament, had issues with the Supreme Court’s decision on how to expunge records.

But the member of parliament for Asante Akyem North hon, Andy Appiah Kubby had a contrary view on the SC ruling that parliament should expunge his name and anything associated him that means parliament should consider hon Quayson haven’t been here at all, he also refer the speaker article 2, 3 to backed his argument that failure to obey the Apex court order comes with a consequence so parliament should delete all records of Mr Quayson from the handsard.

The majority leader in parliament Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu in the heat of  controversy over the matter explain his view base on  article 97 which state on how a member of parliament shall vacate his seat,  so the import of the ruling does not mean parliament should go back to expunge all activities taken by hon, Quayson when he was a member of parliament.

The Speaker of Parliament Rt Hon Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin in his concludeding statement said what has happen in the chamber is enough evidence that there is a need of clarification from court because the order is predicted on a number of declaration rulings by the court is not just isolation.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com/Nana Kwaku Boffah

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