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The EC has the power to declare the Assin North seat vacant, according to the Attorney-General.

Following the Supreme Court's judgement, the Attorney-General (AG), Godfred Yeboah, says the Electoral Commission (EC) can declare the Assin North Constituency seat vacant.

The Supreme Court declared on Wednesday that Assin North MP James Gyakye Quayson can no longer execute Parliamentary duties in a majority 5-2 verdict.

This means that the people of Assin North will be without representation in Parliament for the time being.

Following the court hearings, the A-G told the press that a by-election should have been held long ago if it hadn't been for the "legal gymnastics" used by Mr Quayson's lawyers.

"The High Court has ruled, made a verdict, and identified the gentleman's position as not qualified to have stood for election," he said, adding that the poll in the Assin North constituency had been cancelled. Following that, the Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal for failing to follow the Court of Appeal's rules."

As a result, he stated that "the way is clear" because no appeal is pending. Nothing should stand in the way of the Electoral Commission declaring the seat vacant, in my opinion."

The Supreme Court has ordered that the case be heard and decided as soon as possible.

According to the Attorney-General, he is hopeful that the Supreme Court hearing will uphold all of the laws that the courts have established.

In the meanwhile, the ruling is to be upheld until the Supreme Court rules on the substantive case filed against Mr Quayson.

The minority opinion was held by Justices Dordzie and Nene Amegatcher.

Jones Dotse, Agnes Dordzie, Nene Amegatcher, Mariama Owusu, Gertrude Torkonoo, Prof Henrietta Mensah Bonsu, and Emmanuel Y. Kulendi were the judges that heard the case.


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