Afenyo Markin raises objection over presence of ‘injuncted’ Assin-North MP-elect in Parliament
Jan. 07, 2021
Member of Parliament (MP) for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo Markin has raised concerns over the presence of the MP-elect for Assin North, James Gyakye Quayson, in Parliament despite a court injunction barring him from being sworn into office.
Afenyo Markin, who is also the proposed Deputy Majority Leader for the New Patriotic Party’s Caucus in the House asked from the Clerk of Parliament if he had been served with any injunction document before the processes for the selection of a Speaker of the House commence.
A Cape Coast High Court on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, granted an injunction restraining Mr. Quayson, from being sworn-in into the 8th Parliament on Thursday, January 7, 2021.
But making a case for his query, the Effutu legislator maintained that it will be appropriate for the fate of the Assin North MP-elect to be determined before the Speaker is voted for.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) to which Mr. Quayson belongs mounted a defence for their member saying he has not been served with the injunction and must therefore be allowed to represent the people of Assin North in the 8th Parliament.
Haruna Iddrisu and Muntaka Mohammed who are proposed Minority Leader and Minority Chief respectively argued against the query asking for the inclusion of the Assin North MP-elect as a participant of members eligible to vote on the candidates for Speakership.
The proposed Majority leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu who backed Mr. Afenyo in the query said it was part of their preliminary observation to ascertain the eligibility criteria of the MP-elect in question.
“The issue raised by my colleague, the Effutu MP is very genuine. He wants to know the eligibility and qualification of the MPs-elect who are qualified for voting. This house has been duly served, injuncting one person from participating in the business, We are aware that the processes have been served to the house. We want to know as part of our preliminary observation whether it is true, and if it’s true, that person cannot participate properly before this house”, he clarified.
However, the Clerk of Parliament, Cyril Kwabena Oteng Nsiah who is currently superintending over proceedings admitted to receiving the notice of the injunction.
He therefore ruled that, he cannot recognize Mr. Quayson to duly participate in the selection of the Speaker for the 8th Parliament.
“I was duly served, and I am therefore unable to recognize James Quayson as MP-elect for the purposes of the election of Speaker. I will therefore accordingly proceed in the conduct of this election”, the Clerk stated during the inauguration of the 8th Parliament.