The Supreme Court has ordered Parliament to remove James Gyakye Quayson from its records as the MP for Assin North Constituency.
The Court ruled on May 17 that Mr Quayson’s election on December 7, 2020 was invalid because he held dual citizenship of Ghana and Canada at the time he filed his nomination with the Electoral Commission.
Mr Quayson had been serving as the MP for Assin North since January 7, 2021, despite a legal challenge by a petitioner who accused him of violating the Constitution.
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, said on Tuesday, June 6 that he was not in charge of implementing the Court’s order and that the House had to decide on how to do so.
He said there were no procedures in the Standing Orders of Parliament to deal with such a situation and that he would act according to his discretion.
He acknowledged that there was a gap in the rules of Parliament to comply with the order.
“This is the first time and our rules don’t have any procedures laid out on how it should be done by Parliament.”
Meanwhile, a by-election has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 27 to elect a new MP for Assin North Constituency.
Mr Quayson is expected to contest again as the candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).