23 Dec Ghana election 2020: NPP request travel documents of MP elect for Assin North Constituency
By Enoch Adjei
The ruling political party in Ghana, New Patriotic Party (NPP) is alleging that the newly elected National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament in the just ended general elections for the Assin North Constituency in the Central Region of the country, James Gyakye Quayson holds citizenship for both Ghana and Canada.
The party has since written to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs asking for an inquiry into the current citizenship status of the MP-elect.
In the letter cited by Dateline Africa News, Solicitors for the New Patriotic Party, Marfo and Associates asked for copies of his travel history and renunciation certificate prior to his filing to contest as MP in the 2020 polls.
“We shall be grateful if we are furnished with the following documents at your earlier convenience,” the letter stated.
The country’s constitution frowns upon any instance of a Member of Parliament being a citizen of another country in addition to being a Ghanaian.
Recent history has seen a former Member of Parliament being jailed for such an offence.
In 2012, the Accra Fast Track High Court sentenced the NPP’s Adamu Dramani Sakande to two years imprisonment after he was found guilty of false declaration of office, perjury, and deceit of a public officer.
His status as the MP for Bawku Central was challenged due to his dual citizenship.
He was granted a presidential pardon on December 31, 2012, by the then President, John Dramani Mahama, based on medical grounds.
Ghana’s Constitution states that someone with dual citizenship does not qualify to be a Member of Parliament so when evidence is produced to this effect, then the cause of law may declare that the person will lose his office.