A Cape Coast High Court has ordered that fresh elections be held in the Assin North Constituency after determining that the elected NDC candidate, Mr. James Gyakye Quayson was in contravention of Article 94  [a] of the 1992 Constitution, section 9  [a] of PNDCL 284 and C.I. 127.
Mr. Quayson argued that he had already applied to renounce his Canadian citizenship on 19th December, 2019, having received Permanent Residence in 1979. The Court further determined that on 26th November 2020, the Canadian authorities approved Mr. Quayson’s application.
However, the Court held that the Certificate of Renunciation issued to Mr. Quayson indicated that he would cease to be a citizen on 26th November, 2020. Yet, at the time of filing his nomination between 5th and 9th October, 2020, he still held allegiance to Canada.
Mr. Quayson had argued that COVID-19 had led to the temporary closure of administrative functions, hence delaying the time his application ought to have been finalized. The court presided over by Justice Kwesi Boakye however disagreed, citing that “it is not open to him to argue that by reason of the out-break of COVID-19 Pandemic, he is entitled to be treated differently.”
Read the full judgment of the Court exclusively available to Dennislaw News below;