The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) National Speaker, Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, has expressed his shock at the verdict of a Cape Coast High Court which nullified the Assin North 2020 parliamentary elections.
The court, presided over by Judge Kwasi Boakye, ordered new elections in the constituency on Tuesday following a petition to annul elections held last December.
The petitioner’s case is that the MP, James Quayson, at the time of filing his candidacy for the 2020 parliamentary election, had not renounced his Canadian citizenship and therefore held dual citizenship.
But reacting to the Cape Coast decision, Ofosu Ampofo told reporters that the NDC’s legal team was preparing to respond to the decision.
“The MP for Assin North was duly qualified to contest the election. The party looked at him and made sure he was qualified to be elected under the laws of the land,” he revealed.
“Even after he was challenged, the EC was able to verify that his documents were authentic. The EC claimed he renounced his Canadian citizenship before running for office. ”
“On election day, the documents proving that he was qualified to be elected were with him the same as on the day he was to be sworn in as an MP,” Ofosu Ampofo told Quayson in defense.
The NDC has yet to reveal whether or not it will appeal the decision.
However, Deputy Chief Majority Whip Annor Dompreh said it was not automatic that Quayson would be kicked out of parliament.
He told Citi News that the Electoral Commission will have to follow due process and inform the legislative chamber of the decision to hold by-elections in Assin North.