Monday, 6th September 2021
The decision by the speaker of parliament Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin not to declare the seat of Assin North constituency vacant has created sharp division among the majority group in parliament. Over the weekend, the speaker instructed the clerk of parliament Mr. Cyril K.O Nsiah to respond to an earlier directive by the registrar of Accra High court requesting the respected speaker to declare Assin North seat vacant so the EC could prepare and conduct a by election at the area.
In his response, Mr. Bagbin declared he lacked the legal mandate to do so because there was an application for appeal and stay of execution on the matter in reference. He said he received these documents earlier before the Accra High court registrar submitted his notice hence his hands were tied.
But in reaction, the majority leader Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu disagreed with the position taken by the speaker. Speaking on a Kumasi based Fox FM this morning monitored by CitizenOne, the Suame legislator said the speaker was shielding the embattled Assin North MP Hon. James Gyakye Quayson. He said there were precedence where MPs were asked to stay out of parliament because there were court rulings against their membership.
Meanwhile his deputy and member of parliament for Effutu Hon. Afenyo Markins thought otherwise. He was of the view that once there was an application for stay of execution, there was nothing the speaker could do. Speaking with Dzifa Bampoe of TV3 in an exclusive interview monitored by CitizenOne, Hon. Markins observed that Hon. Quayson will continue to serve the people of Assin North until the appeals court makes a final determination on the matter. He used the opportunity to call on his colleagues in the majority group to respect the position of the law.
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