Supreme Court’s ruling on Quayson is a slap in the face of democracy – Minority

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The 2020 parliamentary election results in the Assin North seat were declared invalid by the Supreme Court. The Minority in Parliament strongly condemned this judgment, calling it baffling and a slap in the face to Ghana’s democracy and the rule of law.

The caucus is vehemently opposed to the decision, the group stated in a statement issued on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, and signed by its Leader, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson.

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that James Gyakye Quayson’s election as the Member of Parliament for Assin North was invalid and unconstitutional.

James Quayson’s election while he had allegiance to a nation other than Ghana, according to the seven-member panel chaired by Justice Jones Dotse, is “inconsistent with and violates Article 94(2) (a) of the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana 1992.”

His name as an MP must be removed from Parliament’s records, according the court’s directive.

Mr. Quayson was judged to be ineligible at the time he ran for office in 2020 by Justices Jones Victor Dotse, Nene Amegatcher, Mariama Owusu, Gertrude Araba Torkornoo, Prof. Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, Yonny Kulendi, and Barbara Ackah-Yensu.

However, Dr. Ato Forson, the minority leader, argued in the statement that “at the time of his election, Hon. James Gyakye Quayson was not a dual citizen, neither was he a dual citizen as at the time he took the oath of office as a Member of Parliament”.

“The intention of the framers of Ghana’s constitution is not to allow a dual citizen to perform the functions of Parliament.”

Read the full statement below:


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