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Unseated Assin North MP files appeal

The unseated Assin North Member of Parliament, Mr. James Gyakye Quayson, has appealed a Cape Coast High Court ruling which annulled his election.

The unseated Assin North Member of Parliament, Mr. James Gyakye Quayson, has appealed a Cape Coast High Court ruling which annulled his election.

The 2020 National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) parliamentary candidate, in his appeal, insisted that the High Court erred, hence his action.

The court, presided over by Justice Kwasi Boakye, on Wednesday, 28 July 2021, ordered a fresh poll to be conducted in the constituency.

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The judge said Mr. Quayson, as of the time he filed to contest the election, held allegiance to another country – Canada.

Mr. Quayson held dual citizenship contrary to Article 94 (2) (a) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, which states: ‘A person shall not be qualified to be a Member of Parliament if he – (a) owes allegiance to a country other than Ghana’.

But in a notice of appeal filed on Monday, 2 August 2021, at the Court of Appeal, Cape Coast, Mr. Quayson said the ruling delivered by the High Court was neither based in law nor in fact.

He is, thus, asking the Court of Appeal to set aside the orders and costs awarded in the said High Court judgment.

He is seeking the following reliefs:

1. A declaration that the judgment of the High Court, Cape Coast, Coram Kwasi Boakye J. dated 28th July 2021, is void for having been issued out of the jurisdiction.

2. An order setting aside the judgment of High Court, Cape Coast, Coram Kwasi Boakye J., dated 28th July 2021.

3. An order setting aside the award of costs against the appellant and in favor of the petitioner/respondent and the 2nd Respondent/Respondent

4. Costs in favor of the appellant.

5. Any further or other order(s) the Court may deem fit.

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