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The NDC Member of Parliament-Elect for Assin North, James Gyakye Quayson, was in Parliament on Thursday, January 7, 2021, to be sworn in in defiance of an injunction against him.
A Cape Coast High Court on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, granted an injunction against his swearing in.
According to the petition filed by one Michael Ankomah at the High Court, Quayson did not renounce his Canadian citizenship when filing to contest in the December general elections.
Quayson won the Assin North seat with 17, 498 votes.
However, the presiding judge, Justice Kwasi Boakye restrained him from holding himself as MP-Elect for the constituency in the Central Region and further presenting himself to be sworn in until the final determination of the petition.
In other news, President Nana Akufo-Addo and the Electoral Commission (EC) entered a notice of appearance in the election petition case filed by former President John Dramani Mahama at the Supreme Court.
The president will be represented by the Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co law firm led by Akoto Ampaw while Justin Amenuvor of Amenuvor & Associates will represent the EC, YEN.com.gh gathered.
Mahama on December 30, 2020, filed a petition at the Supreme Court to challenge the outcome of the presidential elections.
Akufo-Addo won the presidential race in the Monday, December 7, 2020 elections.
He collected 51.302% of the votes to defeat the flagbearer of the NDC, former President Mahama, who polled 47.359%.
The votes difference between the two candidates stood at 517, 231, representing a four percentage point, one of the highest since 1996.
Mahama, however, rejected the outcome, explaining that his refusal to concede defeat and challenge the results was borne out of principle rather than an insatiable desire for power.
Addressing Ghanaians on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, he said knew what it was to concede.
But, not this time.
He said when he lost the 2016 elections, he conceded not simply in the interest of peace and democracy, but because he respected the will of the people.
Therefore, when he refused to concede the 2020 polls “please know that I have not taken this decision lightly; understand that it is not because of a desire for power, but because of a dedication to principle and a commitment to democracy.”
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo lauded the former president’s decision to seek redress in court.
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