A Cape Coast High Court has annulled the parliamentary elections in the Assin North constituency in the 2020 parliamentary elections.
The court presided over by Justice Kwasi Boakye, ordered for fresh elections to be conducted in the constituency.
The court in its ruling said the MP, Joe Gyaakye Quayson violated constitutional provisions and other statutory provisions that guide Ghana’s elections.
It was the case of the petitioner that the MP at the time of filing to contest the 2020 parliamentary elections, had not renounced his Canadian citizenship and thus held dual nationality.
The petitioner had further argued that at the close of nominations on the 9th of October, the Assin MP had not still renounced his Canadian nationality.
According to him, the Assin North MP, who still holds himself as the MP, is a complete violation of Article 94 (2a), and the court should declare his election null and void.
The judge in its ruling said, on the capacity of the petitioner to bring an action against the Assin North MP, the MP’s challenge of his capacity was overruled.
The Court explained that its jurisdiction could be invoked in an election petition when the EC conducts a parliamentary election and declares the results of the contest.
He ruled that nothing precludes a petitioner from invoking the High Court’s original jurisdiction and, therefore, dismissed this challenge by Joe Gyaakye Quayson.