Assin North: Ruling by dissenting justices of SC full of wisdom – Segbefia

The ruling by the two dissenting Justices of the Supreme Court in the case of the Assin North Member of Parliament James Gyekye Quayson was full of wisdom, a former Minister of Health Mr Alex Segbefia, has said.

The Supreme Court by a majority decision of 5-2 on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, ordered Mr Gyekye Quayson to stop holding himself as a lawmaker.

Justices Agnes Dordzie and Nene Amegatcher dissented while Prof. Henrietta Mensah Bonsu, Mariama Owusu, Gertrude Torkornoo, and Emmanuel Yonny Kulendi voted in favour.

A Cape Coast High Court, presided over by Justice Coram Kwasi Boakye, had earlier ruled that Mr Gyakye Quayson was not eligible to contest the December 7, 2020, Parliamentary Elections because he bore dual citizenship before picking nomination forms from the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC).

Fresh elections were, as a result, ordered to be conducted while Mr Gyakye Quayson was asked to cease holding himself as MP.

But, until the Supreme Court ruling, the man accused of having Canadian and Ghanaian citizenship was allegedly going to Parliament to join in proceedings.

Speaking on the New Day show on TV3 with Johnnie Hughes Tuesday April 26, Mr Segbefia said the decision by the two dissentiong jystices “is full of wisodm.”

He explained that the matter ought to have been referred to the High Court for it to be handled.

On this same matter, Director of Legal Affairs of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Abraham Amaliba held the same view of Mr Segbefia.

Earlier, while speaking on this matter on the Key Point with host Dzifa Bampoh on TV3 Saturday April 16, Mr Amaliba said “The two judges who dissented their opinion, for me, is the correct position of the law. If there is a subsisting judgement you don’t go to the Supreme Court, asking the Supreme Court to as it were, enforce it and that because this is an election petition matter you don’t clothe it in an interpretative issue and send it to the Supreme Court.

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“For Parliamentary petitions it ends at the Court of Appeal and you saw the two judges make mention of this and I think that their position is the correct.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana