Bagbin cannot declare Assin North seat vacant – Clerk tells court

The Clerk of Parliament, Cyril Nsiah says Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin cannot declare the Assin North Parliamentary seat vacant.

This is in response to a letter written to Parliament by the Registrar of the General Jurisdiction Division of the Law Court Complex in Accra.

Mr. Nsiah explains that prior to receiving the registrar’s letter, the Speaker had received certified true copies of documents from the lawyers of James Quayson, MP for the Constituency indicating that they had filed an appeal against the judgment of the High Court in Cape Coast.

This judgment it will be recalled, annulled the Parliamentary polls of December 7, 2020 after it held that the MP owed allegiance to Canada at the time of filing to contest the polls.

Mr. Nsiah says the documents available to the Speaker gives him no doubt but to conclude that the matter remains pending in court.

The Speaker, he, therefore, says does not have a legal basis to make a pronouncement on the matter aside from being unable to declare the seat vacant.

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