May 30, 2024

The Steering Committee of the New Patriotic Party, on Tuesday, 30th May, 2023, released a statement on the party’s approved timeline for the Assin North Parliamentary primary election.

Members of the party who seek to contest for the primary which according to the statement will be held on Wednesday June 7, 2023, are to pick forms from today, Wednesday May 31,2023 to Thursday June 1st 2023.

“The New Patriotic Party, at its Steering Committee (SC) meeting held on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, approved the timelines for holding the parliamentary primary election at Assin North for the by-election,” the statement said.

“The Party has also approved detailed Rules and Regulations to govern the conduct of the parliamentary primary election, which would be made available to stakeholders. However, Nomination Forms will be available at the Constituency Party Office for purchase,” the statement added.

“In the exercise of the power conferred and the duty imposed on the Clerk to Parliament by section 3 of the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana (Amendment) Act, 1996 (Act 527), L. CYRIL KWABENA OTENG NSIAH, Clerk to Parliament, do hereby formally notify you of the occurrence of a vacancy in the Assin North Constituency necessitated by the Judgement of the Supreme Court dated May 17, 2023, vide Writ No. J1/11/2022 issued in respect of James Gyakye Quayson in the case of Michael Ankomah Nimfah vrs James Gyakye Quayson.

“The Electoral Commission of Ghana and The Attorney-General and request you to take appropriate consequential action as required by law,” parts of the letter said.

Meanwhile, leading members of the opposition NDC have served notice that the party will refile Gyakye Quayson as a candidate in the by-election.

However, some critics believe a criminal case set to be brought against Gyakye Quayson by the state will hamper his re-election.

The Supreme Court gave an order for Parliament to expunge Gyakye Quayson’s name from its record after it found that he failed to renounce his Canadian citizenship at the time of filing his nomination forms to contest the 2020 parliamentary polls.

Below is the full release.

Source: Blankson