Supreme Court quashes review application by Assin North MP

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The Supreme Court has dismissed a review application filed by embattled Member of Parliament for Assin North Constituency James Gyakye Quayson.

The Assin North MP was praying the apex court to overturn the Court of Appeal’s decision to strike out his appeal against the High Court’s decision to remove him as a legislator.

A 3-2 majority ruling in March dismissed his application to stay proceedings at the Cape Coast Court of Appeal for referral of interpretation of Article 94(2), which had been filed by private citizen Michael Ankomah Nimfah

But a seven-member review panel of the Supreme Court dismissed his review, citing that his lawyers should have moved the application before the Cape Coast Court of Appeal.

When the case was called on Wednesday, July 27, Mr Gyakye Quayson and the Electoral Commission were absent but represented by their lawyers while Michael Ankomah Nimfah was present.

In a 5-2 Majority ruling, justices Gabriel Pwamang and Agnes Dordzie dissented.

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Justices Prof. Henrietta Joy Abena Nyarko Mensa-Bonsu, Gertrude Torkornoo, Prof Nii Ashie Kotey, Clemence J. Honyenuga assented.

Justice Emmanuel Yonny Kulendi, who was absent, sent a written consent to the judgement in his absence.

Lead Counsel for Gyakye Quayson Tsatsu Tsikata filed an application for review after the ruling but lawyer for Michael Ankomah Nimfah, Frank Davis opposed.

The court then refused the review application by lawyers for the Assin North MP.

By Laud Adu-Asare||Ghana


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