Lawyers for Assin North MP James Gyakye Quayson have petitioned the Supreme Court to reconsider its earlier ruling, which declared the MP’s election in 2020 unlawful.
The lawyers urge the Supreme Court to reconsider its previous ruling, which resulted in the consequential pronouncement that resulted in last week’s Assin North bye-election.
The grounds for the application are that the judgement had fundamental flaws that, if left uncorrected, will damage the fabric of Ghana’s constitutional and legal democracy.
The Supreme Court in May this year declared as unconstitutional the election of James Gyakye Quayson as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin North in the Central Region,
In a unanimous decision on May 17, 2023, a seven-member panel of the Supreme Court ordered Parliament to expunge the name of Mr Quayson as MP.
The court ruled that the election of Mr Quayson breached Article 94(2) (a) of the 1992 Constitution because at the time he filed to contest the elections he was not qualified to be elected as a legislator since he had not renounced his dual citizenship.
The apex court went ahead to declare Mr. Quayson filling to contest, the EC’s decision to allow him to contest as well as his swearing-in as MP in Parliament as unconstitutional, null and void.
The seven-member panel of the court was presided over by Justice Jones Dotse, with Justices Nene Amegatcher, Mariama Owusu, Gertrude Torkornoo, Prof Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, Emmanuel Yonny Kulendi and Barbara Ackah-Ayensu.