Supreme Court stops Assin North MP, Gyakye Quayson from Parliamentary Duties

Assin North MP, Gyakye Quayson, court
By Beatrice Oppon & Franklin Asare Donkoh
The Supreme Court(SC) of Ghana has ordered the Assin North Member of Parliament (MP), James Gyakye Quayson from holding himself as an MP, ie representative of the People. The Court has directed that he abstains from Parliament and not take part in any business of the House .

Mr. Quayson was ordered in a ruling delivered by the Supreme Court on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. This decision was taken in a petition brought before the Supreme Court by one Michael Ankomah-Nimfa, a resident of Assin Bereku in the Central Region.

Mr. Ankomah-Nimfa had earlier secured a judgment at the Cape Coast High Court overturning the election of Mr. Quayson as null and void but the embattled legislator ran to the Court of Appeal to have the decision set aside.

Mr. Ankomah-Ninfa is challenging the eligibility of Mr. Quayson as the MP for Assin North following allegations that he held dual citizenship prior to contesting the MP position.

Although the Court of Appeal dismissed his case, Mr. Quayson subsequently went to the Supreme Court to have his issue resolved.

Michael Ankomah-Nimfah also dragged the issue to the Supreme Court to seek interpretation of Article 94(2)(a) of the 1992 Constitution.

In the same case, Michael asked the apex court to place an injunction on Mr. Quayson from holding himself as the MP for Assin North until the final determination of the case.

In his statement of the case, Mr. Quayson insisted that he had renounced his Canadian citizenship before contesting the Assin North parliamentary seat.

Mr. Quayson had asked the Supreme Court to declare the petition as frivolous, vexatious, and an abuse of the court processes.

“This court should, with respect, not allow any litigant to act in such bad faith and engage in blatant forum shopping in instituting a new action for the determination of a matter already before another panel of this Court and also pending before other lower courts. The Plaintiff, while urging the panel of the Supreme Court before whom 1st Defendant’s application to quash the decision of the Court of Appeal, Cape Coast, and for the Supreme Court to refer to itself the interpretation of Article 94(2)(a) of the Constitution was pending, rot to make the reference, issues a new writ to be put before another panel of the court.”

“This is unacceptable forum shopping, and it would set a dangerous precedent if such conduct should be countenanced by this court. The writ filed invoking the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court is simply an abuse of the process of the court. Plaintiff is not engaged in a genuine quest for an authoritative interpretation from this court of a constitutional provision. Rather, under the guise of an invocation of the original jurisdiction of this court, he is seeking reliefs that are the subject matter of the pending suits in the lower courts, as well as this court. What Plaintiff is seeking in the election petition that he instituted against the 1st Defendant is clearly the process that this court ought to have him continue pursuing as against this new suit,” Mr. Quayson added in the statement of case dated April 12, 2022.

Supreme Court decides on April 13, whether Gyakye Quayson remains MP

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