The Former Deputy Information Minister under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the John Dramani Mahama administration, Hon. Felix Ofosu Kwakye has expressed his view of the court injunction placed their Member of Parliament for Assin North Constituency in the Central Region.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) filed a petition in court that, Hon. James Quayson has a Canadian citizen which was renounced after filing nomination forms as the Electoral Commission. The law says that, renouncement of citizenship should be done before filing nominations.
So as we speak, Hon. James Quayson cannot be part of the swearing-in ceremony which is about to happen some few hours from now. This is not a good news for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as some of their members are furious about this late injunction from the court.
Felix Ofosu Kwakye made reference to the Techiman South Constituency case where the judge dismissed the injunction on the grounds that, the Techiman South People need a representative in Parliament though there maybe some irregularities, so that the case can continue after swearing-in.
What baffles Hon. Felix Ofosu Kwakye is why another judge is saying the people of Assin North Constituency need not to be represented by placing injunction on the Assin North Constituency MP Elect, Hon. James Quayson.
This is Felix Ofosu Kwakye’s statement on his official Facebook page:
“There must consistency, fairness and balance in Judicial practice in Ghana.The same principles must apply. One Court cannot deem it unfair for a people not be represented because there is a pending challenge against a supposed MP-elect only for another Court to deem it fair that a people must not be represented because there is legal challenge against another MP-elect“.
So as it stands now, NPP has a majority in Parliament with 137 MPs whiles NDC has 136 MPs with one independent candidate, Fomena MP.