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Court stops swearing-in of Assin North MP-elect

The National Democratic Congress(NDC) Member of Parliament-elect for Assin North in the Central Region, James Gyekye Quayson’s dream of joining his 274 colleagues MPs-elect to be sworn-in on Thursday, January 7, 2021, has been shattered.

This comes after the Cape Coast High Court granted an injunction restraining him from holding himself as NDC MP-elect for the constituency over dual citizenship.

The court reached the decision after a petition against the MP-elect by one Michael Ankoma-Nimfah, a mason and resident of Assin Bereku was filed.

Giving his ruling on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, the presiding judge, Justice Kwasi Boakye said Mr. Quayson was “restrained from holding himself out as Member of Parliament-elect for the Assin North constituency within the Central Region of the Republic of Ghana and further presenting himself to be sworn in as Member of Parliament-elect as such until the final determination of the petition.”

Mr Quayson had dismissed the claim when it was earlier brought up by the New Patriotic Party.

The NDC in a statement following the allegation said MP-elect upon a petition presented to the Electoral Commission was invited where he defended himself by providing the needed documents to prove that he has renounced his Canadian Citizenship.

However, the complainant said the MP-elect still held on the Canadian citizenship when he was filing to contest in the December polls.

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