An associate professor at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo says the upcoming by elections in the Assin North constituency will determine the popularity of the governing NPP
A Cape Coast high court judge on Wednesday 29th July, 2021 restrained James Gyakye Quayson (now outgoing MP for Assin North) from holding himself as the NDC MP for the constituency over breach of electoral laws.
The court presided over by Justice Kwasi Boakye also ordered for fresh parliamentary elections in the constituency after evidence was adduced in court that Quayson failed to renounce his Canadian citizenship prior to filing to contest as an MP.
Professor Gyampo in a facebook post, reacting to the judgement delivered by the high court, observed that a re-run of the parliamentary elections may not be good omen for the popularity of the NPP arguing that the candidate(James Gyakye Quayson) who won the seat just about six months ago, may likely win again, even with some more sympathy votes.
Below is the reaction on his facebook post
The Implications of the Cancellation of the 2020 Assin North Parliamentary Election
The Court has cancelled the election of Assin North MP to Parliament, because, the MP was not qualified to contest the 2020 Parliamentary Elections, at the time of filing his nomination. His renunciation of his Canadian citizenship had not taken effect at the time he filed his nomination.
Both the NPP and NDC should brace themselves for an energy supping re-run. This matter cannot be dragged in perpetuity through the Appeals Court to the Supreme Court. The Rebecca Adotey and George Amu case, in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency, where the case was never finalized until Rebecca Adotey had completed serving as MP for four years, cannot repeat itself.
Unlike Presidential Election Petition, Parliamentary Election Petition now ends at the Appeals Court, not the Supreme Court. So, even if the NDC appeals, the matter may be dealt with between three to six months.
The NPP may not want this bye-election or re-run, as the guy who won the seat just about six months ago, may likely win again, even with some more sympathy votes. This may not be a good omen for the popularity of the party, whose government is yet to be fully formed. The celebration of the court ruling by some NPP functionaries, may therefore be described as fake, as a huge battle that tests the regime’s popularity awaits them.
The NDC too may be paranoid about bye-election or re-run because, if the ruling party decides to descend the whole state machinery into that small constituency, things may change. Their disappointment and criticisms may therefore be understandable, as there is the possibility of the seat being snatched by the NPP in a do or die battle.
So, regardless of how the NDC rants about the court ruling and how the NPP fakes a celebration of same ruling, they must both brace themselves to face“the mother of all parliamentary elections in Assin North”.