In a landmark ruling today, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, a Cape Coast High Court annulled 2020 Parliamentary results of Assin North. In this vein James Quayson of the NDC who won the elections with a little of 55% has lost his seat. The court ordered for fresh elections in the area. Subsequently, the Electoral Commission was fined GHS10,000 and the MP also fined GHS30,000. The ruling is sure to have an effect on the already near hung parliament.
In a sharp rebuttal, Sammy Gyamfi, the NDC Communications Officer has written down 10 points regarding the verdict given. He condemned the ruling and noted that the court was manipulated and skewed to go against their MP. He was of the view that the trial itself had so many errors and that their client filed a renunciation application before he contested the elections.
Sammy Gyamfi boldly said that the lawyers of the NDC will petition the Judicial Service over claims that the registrar and judicial officers at the Cape Coast court acted unprofessionally. He also mentioned that lawyers will apply for a stay of execution on the verdict given by the court today.
This means that the NDC will have their number reduced to 136 in Parliament and might affect their chances in decision making. It is yet to be seen what will happen when the NDC appeal the case. Interesting times ahead. For now, the EC is to prepare for fresh elections in Assin North.
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