By Edzorna Francis Mensah
In line with Article 112 (5) of the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, as amended, the Electoral Commission is set to hold a by-election in the Assin North Constituency in the Central Region slated for Tuesday, June 27, 2023.
The Commission will receive nominations from prospective candidates for the election of a Member of Parliament for the said constituency.
According to the EC, the nominations will be received at the Assin North District Office of the Commission from Monday, June 12, 2023, to Wednesday, June 14, 2023, between the hours of 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on each day.
Interested candidates are required to download the nomination forms from the Commission’s website (www.ec.gov.gh) by June 1, 2023.
A prospective Candidate may personally deliver, or cause to be delivered on his or her behalf by either the Proposer or Seconder of his or her Nomination, the completed Nomination Forms to the Returning Officer at the Assin North District Office of the commission on the dates and times stated above.
In a statement signed by the Chairperson, Jean Mensa, the Electoral Commission wished “to inform the public that following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, to the effect that the election of Mr. James Gyakye Quayson as Member of Parliament for the Assin North Constituency, was unconstitutional, null and void, and of no legal effect, the seat of the Constituency in Parliament has become vacant”.
The nomination forms for each candidate shall be witnessed by the signature or mark of two (2) registered voters, as Proposer and Seconder, and supported by eighteen (18) other registered voters in the constituency assenting to the nominations.
The statement reminded the candidates that the nomination forms must also be endorsed with the candidate’s consent to the nomination.
“A Candidate shall at the time of submitting his/her completed Nomination Forms, provide the Returning Officer with two (2) copies of a recent postcard (bust sized) photograph against a red background, showing his/her full face and ears.”
The filing fee for the election is GHe10,000.00 per candidate.
All completed nomination forms are expected to be delivered in quadruplicate.
“We urge the public to be guided accordingly,” Madam Jean Mensa stressed.