We're ready to organise fresh election in Assin North — EC

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The Electoral Commission says it’s ready to conduct a fresh election in the Assin North Constituency following a court order restraining James Gyekye Quayson, from holding himself as Member of Parliament for the Area.

A Cape Coast High Court, on Wednesday, cancelled the December Parliamentary Election in the Constituency, stating that Mr Quayson did not qualify to contest the election and called for a rerun.

Director of Electoral Services at the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr Serebour Quaicoe, told the Ghana News Agency that the Commission would in accordance with its mandate, comply with the court orders.

“This issue happened yesterday so we are waiting for the official notification from the court to enable us to put out the timetable, which will include the period of nomination. Our core mandate by law is to organise elections so we are ever ready,” he said.

Dr Quaicoe stated that the Commission after receiving the official notification of the court verdict was bound to organise the election within 30 days.

The court, in its ruling, said the election of the first respondent was illegal, void, and was in contravention of article 94 (2) of the Constitution

It said he held allegiance to the Canadian government as at the time he filed his nomination to contest as a parliamentary candidate for the 2020 general election.

Justice Kwasi Boakye said Mr Quayson was not qualified to contest the election because the certificate denouncing his allegiance was issued in November 2020 whiles he filed to contest in October 2020.

The development has reduced the number of parliamentarians of the National Democratic Congress from 137 to 136, which gives the New Patriotic Party a slim majority of 137 plus one independent candidate.

The pending by-election would be the 31st in the 4th republic, which spans from 1993 to January 2021.

Out of the 30, the New Patriotic Party had secured 15, the National Democratic Congress, 13, and the Conventions Peoples Party, one.

An independent candidate won one in 1995.

—GNA

Following the high court’s pronouncement on Assin North case for elections to be held afresh for Parliamentary candidates, I’m of the opinion that the electoral commission takes time to find hotspots for possible violence in the constituency before organizing the election. There’s no need for rushing things now. We need peaceful bye elections in Assin North

The most untrusted and implausible institution in Ghana right now is the Electoral Commission. If they were not fair in last year parliamentary and presidential election results, how sure are we that this election will not be tempered with by the EC like they did before?