In the wake of electing a Speaker of Parliament for the 8th Parliament, Members of Parliament Elect has engaged in aheated debate as to whether the Assin North Member of Parliament (MP) Elect is legible to vote due to a High Court injunction on him not to hold himself as a Member of Parliament (MP) Elect for Assin North.
This heated debate resulted in both sides arguing as to whether the Clerk, Mr. Cyril Kwabena Oteng Nsiah is in the position to prevent the said MP-elect from participating in the yet to be conducted election of a Speaker.
This made the Member of Parliament-elect for Tamale South Haruna Iddrisu to categorically say on the floor of parliament that, courts do not determine who is elected as Member of Parliament in Ghana.
Emphasizing that, the power to elect a Member of Parliament lies in the hands of the electorate through the ballot.
His request was seconded by MP-elect for Suame Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu who reminded the Clerk that the House has been served a notice of court injunction.
“As far as we know no court processes have been served on him personally. That is why he is here having registered and having the recognized as Member of the 275 MPs.”
After the debate, the clerk confirmed that he received the notice of injunction at 4:45PM. Mr Hamza, Deputy Chief Court registrar served him, he revealed.
“I was duly served and therefore, I do not recognise Mr Quayson for the election of the Speaker,” Mr Oteng Nsiah ruled.
A Cape Coast High Court on Wednesday January 6 ruled that Mr Quayson cannot carry himself as the MP-elect for Assin North.
He was sued for allegedly holding Canadian citizenship as at the time he filed his nomination to contest for the parliamentary election, something which violates Article 94 (2)(a) of the Constitution of Ghana, 1992.
“94. (2) A person shall not be qualified to be a member of Parliament if he –
- owes allegiance to a country other than Ghana”, the provision reads.