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High Court Calls For By-Election In Assin North Constituency

High Court Calls For By-Election In Assin North Constituency

The NDC Member of Parliament for Assin North Constituency whose elections were being challenged at the High Court was dismissed by a Court of Appeal on Tuesday, July, 27th 2021.

The Assin North MP, Joe Gyaakye was facing a challenge to their election for allegedly possessing dual citizenship.

The case of the petitioner is that the MP at the time of filing to contest the 2020 parliamentary elections, had not renounced his Canadian citizenship and thus held dual nationality.

In the case of the Assin North MP, the court dismissed an appeal of stay of proceedings, an application to stay execution of the High Court’s order for him to produce documents evidencing the renunciation of his alleged Canadian citizenship was dismissed.

This means the case against the member of parliament for Assin North Constituency would have to continue at the High Court today Wednesday, July 28th, 2021.

The Supreme Court directed lawyers for the Assin North MP to go back to the High Court and make a formal request for the trial judge to refer the case to the Supreme Court on grounds that same borders on the interpretation and enforcement of the Constitution and therefore falls within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Supreme Court if they are so minded.

This is because the lawyers for the Assin North MP had earlier filed a motion at the Supreme Court to invoke the supervisory jurisdiction of the apex court to assume jurisdiction over the case at the Cape Coast High Court.

The Cape Coast High Court today Wednesday 28th July 2021, presided over by Justice Kwasi Boakye, has canceled the parliamentary elections in the Assin North constituency in the 2020 parliamentary elections.

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