Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu has claimed that the Cape Coast High Court has been used to determine the balance of power in parliament by the Akufo-Addo – Bawumia government.
The minority leader who described as a travesty of justice, the ruling from the Cape Coast High Court annulling the outcome of the 2020 Parliamentary Elections in the Assin North constituency said the minority in parliament is unshaken by the ruling.
“We don’t want to believe that the courts have been captured, but what is clear is that the court has been used used to tilt the balance of power and to weaken the time tested historical notion of checks and balances” the Minority Leader, who is also the Member of Parliament for Tamale South stated.
Mr Iddrisu who addressed the media on Wednesday hinted that the decision to use the court to tilt the balance of power will affect the cooperation of the minority in parliament.
“In the circumstances we find ourselves in and the notion that the Court is being used to change the parliamentary strength, what is certain is that, this can affect cooperation,” he warned.
He said the impediments put in the way of the MP grounds their suspicion that justice was not served but was rather used to deny the people of Assin North the sanctity of their vote in the last election.
Haruna Iddrisu also said the NDC will use the same legal forum to challenge the decision of the court.
“We are of the firm belief that the judge erred in law and we will prove that but what is important is that justice must be seen to be working and there must be strict application of the law,” he added.
The Court presided over by Justice Kwasi Boakye, ordered for fresh elections to be conducted in the constituency.
The case of the petitioner is that the MP, Joe Gyaakye Quayson, at the time of filing to contest the 2020 Parliamentary Elections, had not renounced his Canadian citizenship and thus held dual nationality.
He further avers that at the close of nominations on the 9th of October, the Assin MP had still not renounced his Canadian citizenship.
He said Joe Gyaakye Quayson, who still holds himself as the MP, is in complete violation of Article 94 (2a) thus the Court should declare his election null and void.
Handing his judgement on Wednesday, the judge said the MP, Joe Gyaakye Quayson violated constitutional provisions and other statutory provisions that guide Ghana’s elections.
Enforcement of the ruling means the NDC numbers in Parliament will be reduced by one, putting them at 136 MPs against the governing New Patriotic Party’s 137 MPs.
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