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Gyakye Quayson should’ve remained MP till his case was over – Supreme Court told

Mahama Ayariga, Member of Parliament for Bawku Central Constituency, believes the Supreme Court should have ruled to allow James Gyakye Quayson, the embattled Assin North MP, to continue serving as a substantive MP until the lawsuit challenging his eligibility to hold the office is resolved.

Mr. Quayson should not be denied the opportunity to represent the people of Assin North, he claims, because he is currently looking into alternative legal avenues to challenge the case against him.

“It is not as if he imposed himself on the constituency, they voted for him and he won. He is still exploring the various means available to him so under those circumstances, I would rather think that the court will rely on time-tested principles that you allow the processes to run their life out, then you can give finality to the matter. What is the value to us in saying that he should not represent the people because as we speak, he is not a citizen to any other country,” Mahama Ayariga said on Eyewitness News.

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The Supreme Court’s decision has elicited conflicting reactions, with some members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) calling it a “justice anomaly.”

Godfred Dame, the Attorney General, praised the decision as upholding the constitution’s long-standing position.

However, Mahama Ayariga feels that, to the degree that Mr. Quayson still has legal options to keep his seat, the court was wrong to order him to step down.

“There is a possibility that there could be a change in the position of the Supreme Court on the matter, no matter how slim, [and so] that warrants that he continues to act until it is completely resolved.”

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Mahama Ayariga said the current situation has dealt some blow to the numbers of the minority in parliament as there presently wouldn’t be any representative for Assin North in parliament.

Concerning talks about a possible by-election, he said anyone interested can trigger the processes if they want to.

“Strictly speaking, there is no MP for Assin North and anybody who wants to trigger the next processes would have to figure out how to trigger the processes,” he said.

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Source: DailyNewsGhana.com/2022

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