July 28, 2021

The Minority in Parliament has served notice it will challenge the Cape Coast High Court Decision that seek to suggest a possible by electron in the Assin North Constituency.

The High Court on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 declared the Assin North Parliamentary election in December 2020 which elected Gyakye Quayson as null and void on grounds that by the Supreme Court decision in the Republic vrs High Court (General Jurisdiction 6), a person desirous to contest for parliamentary election should be qualified at the TIME the EC issued the notice of polls.

The High Court held that at the time the EC issued the notice of polls and  Quayson filed his nominations, he didn’t have the certificate of renunciation issued by Canada.

The certificate of renunciation was issued in November 2020 before the election; however, the notice of polls came in October 2020.

Hon Quayson applied for the renunciation much earlier but the Canadian Authorities only issued the certificate of renunciation on the 26th November, 2020.

But the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu addressing the Parliamentary Press Corps stated that they remain unshaken. “We are confident that it is our seat, it will remain our seat. Our first is to use the same legal processes and legal forum and opportunities available within the Constitution. We will contest the ruling, the judge erred both in law and in facts. It is a travesty of justice.”

According to him, they don’t want to believe that the courts of Ghana have been captured, that the courts of Ghana have become forum being used surreptitiously to tilt the balance of power; we are equal, 137, 137.

He believes the courts are being used to weaken time tested historical motion of checks and balances. “Justice must not only be done, but must manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done.”

But the Majority led by Frank Annoh Dompreh said they have been vindicated by the court ruling having raised the red flag on January 7, 2021 at the swearing in of the 8th parliament.

He noted that they raised the issue of illegibility of the Assin North MP and cautioned the implications of that decision for the Member to sit in and be part of that decision making on that day because the member was invalidly elected.

He chides the Minority Leader for suggesting that the government was using the courts to tilt the balance of power.

Dominic Shirimori/Ghanamps.com