The Supreme Court declared on Wednesday, April 13, that James Gyakye Quayson, the MP for Assin North, can no longer fulfill Parliamentary duties until the outcome of a substantive case filed against him.
The court's verdict was read by Justice Jones Dotse.
"The application is approved. The MP has been barred from holding the position of MP for Assin North and from visiting Parliament to represent the people of Assin North.
"The restriction will stay in place until the substantive problem has been resolved." "We order that the case be heard as soon as possible," Justice Dotse remarked.
Justices Agnes Dordzie, Nene Amegatcher, Mariama Owusu, Gertrude Torkornoo, Prof. Henrietta Mensah-Bonsu, and Emmanuel Yonny Kulendi were present.
Justices Jones Dotse, Mariama Owusu, Gertrude Torkonoo, Prof Henrietta Mensah-Bonsu, and Emmanuel Yonny Kulendi were among the five judges who determined that the MP should be barred from fulfilling Parliamentary duties.
Four of the five Supreme Court judges were appointed to the supreme court in 2017, therefore they are relatively fresh to the bench.
In December 2019, Justices Mariama Owusu and Gertrude Torkonoo were appointed to the Supreme Court. In May 2020, Justices Emmanuel Y. Kulendi and Prof. Henrietta Mensah Bonsu were appointed to the Apex.
The case was presided over by Justice Dotse, who joined the Supreme Court in June 2008.
The majority judgement was disagreed with by Justices Agnes Dordzie and Nene Amegatcher. They did not believe the MP should be constrained. In July 2018, both judges were appointed to the Supreme Court.
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