By-election in the offing as NPP MP turns chief

A by-election is in the offing following the enskinnement of a New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament, as the Paramount Chief of Tongo.

The MP for Talensi in the Upper East Region, Robert Nachinab Doaneng, succeeds the late Tongo-Raana Sapaalug-Namalteng Boara Yenga Kolbil.

The legislator once contested the throne in May 2007 but lost to the late chief.

Doaneng has already declared his intention not to contest the parliamentary seat, but has remained silent over his resignation since the Constitution bars chiefs from active politics.

Article 276 of the 1992 Constitution states: (1) A chief shall not take part in active party politics; and any chief wishing to do so and seeking election to Parliament shall abdicate his stool or skin.

(2) Notwithstanding clause (1) of this article and paragraph (c) of clause (3) of article 94 of this Constitution, a chief may be appointed to any public office for which he is otherwise qualified.

Article 277 adds: In this Chapter unless the context otherwise requires, “chief” means a person, who, hailing from the appropriate family and lineage, has been validly nominated, elected or selected and enstooled, enskinned or installed as a chief or queen-mother in accordance with the relevant customary law and usage.

Already, some names have popped up showing interest to contest primaries for the seat officially yet-to-be declared vacant.

By: 3news.com/Ghana

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