By-elections are of negative overall value – Bentil

A private legal practitioner Mr Kofi Bentil has said the 1992 constitution must be amended to take out the need for by-elections.

He said the amendment should be done so that the party which holds the seat appoints a replacement if a Member of Parliament is removed.

In his view, by-elections only waste time and resources.

“Bye elections are wasteful rancorous dangerous and of negative overall value. I’ve said before and still believe we must amend our constitution so that the party which holds the seat appoints a replacement of an MP is removed.

“Till then, the parties can agree not to contest so we can save the money and stress. Of course those people won’t agree so we will go through the pointless pain each time,” Mr Bentil who is also Vice President of Imani Africa said in a Facebook post.

His comments come after a Court of Appeal in Cape Coast on Tuesdasy March 22 struck out the appeal by Assin North lawmaker James Gyekye Quayson for non-compliance with court procedures.

Mr. Quayson had filed an appeal that was challenging a High court ruling that declared new parliamentray elections should be organised in the constituency.

The presiding judge, Irene Charity Larbi, ruled that the Mr Quayson failed to comply with the court’s directives to submit his written submission within a stipulated time.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana

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