For months now there has been a tussle about the eligibility of James Gyakye Quayson to stand as MP for Assin North. A high court last year overturned the results of the 2020 Assin North Parliamentary elections. However, the MP assisted by lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata decided to challenge the decision of the court. He took proceedings to the Supreme Court.
Michael Ankomah, the resident of Assin North who challenged his eligibility after winning in court decided to go a step further and restrain the MP from going to Parliament. He and his lawyer, Frank Davis argued that allowing the MP go to Parliament was an infringement on the constitution. In a ruling today, Wednesday, April 13, 2022 the Supreme Court has come out with their ruling. In a 5-2 verdict, the judges decided to bar James Quayson from doing his parliamentary duties until other cases filed against him have been resolved.
This means that the Minority MPs in Parliament will be at 136 for now. The two judges who voted for James include Justices Dordzie and Nene Amegatcher. The justices who heard the case include Justices Dotse, Mariama Owusu, Ashie Kotey, Gertrude Torkonoo, Clemence Honyenuga, Henrietta Mensah Bonsu and Emmanuel Kulendi.
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