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Parliament To Decide On Assin-North MP | Parliament

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Mr Joseph Osei-Owusu, First Deputy Speaker of Parliamenton Thursday stated that the Leadership of the House will meet to determine the fate of the MP for Assin-North, James Gyekye Quayson.

“Whether or not the appeal has been determined is a question of fact. I‘ll discuss that with Leadership and whatever steps we have to take, we will take after that,” Mr Osei-Owusu said.

This was after Dr Kingsley Nyarko, Member of Parliament (MP) for Kwadaso had requested the House to take a decision on Mr Quayson, who was present in the Chamber during proceedings.

“Mr Speaker, some time ago, the High Court ruled, and the Court of Appeal also affirmed that our Honourable Friend Quayson is not supposed to be in the House.

“So, I want to seek your guidance on that.

“Mr Speaker, we are law-abiding citizens, we go by tenets of the Constitution and want to find out whether his presence here is allowed.”

A Court of Appeal in Cape Coast struck out the appeal by Mr Quayson for non-compliance with court procedures.

Mr Quayson had filed an appeal challenging a high court ruling that declared fresh elections to be held in the constituency and ordered him not to hold himself out as MP for the area.

Mr Samuel Atta-Akyea, MP for Abuakwa South who supported the motion, urged the Speaker to consider the intervention of the MP for Kwadaso as a legitimate concern.

He argued that since the ruling by the Cape Coast High Court, and was affirmed by the Court of Appeal, Mr Quayson was not qualified to be an MP.

He described him as a “stranger” in the Chamber.

“Therefore, in the face of this authoritative pronouncement regarding his capacity to remain here, if he will insist on coming here, I think he (Dr Nyarko) has raised legitimate concern,” Mr. Atta Akyea said.

He maintained that the House should not give its blessings to Mr Quayson who has conducted himself improperly, adding that his behaviour is an affront to the dignity of the House.

However, Mr Rockson Defeamekpor, MP for South Dayi, in his argument described the claim by Dr Nyarko as unfounded since the substantive case was still pending before the Appeal Court.

He also accused Mr Atta-Akyea of misleading the House by suggesting that there was no appeal before the Court of Appeal.

He explained that the issue that was dismissed was an interlocutory matter that was set aside on grounds of non-compliance, but the substantive appeal is pending.

“As House, we cannot tolerate this… that we are inviting the House to make comments on a substantive matter which is pending before the court is not right,

“So, Mr Speaker, our two brothers are completely out of order for raising this matter on the floor, the right of the MP is not yet determined by a court of law, saying he has a right of appeal which is still subsisting,” he added.

Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, Minority Chief Whip in his comment expressed disappointment at the majority side for raising the matter at this time when both sides have called for consensus.

He said the statement from Mr Atta-Akyea is making him believe that he (Dr Nyarko and Atta-Akyea planned to do what they did, saying because of what they did trust is broken on both sides.

“You have broken trust; the next time you want to do anything we will insist on adhering to rules to the fullest. When that comes do not say we are being incessant, but remember your conduct such as this,” he said.

Source: GNA

 

 

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Bawumia Is In “Pole Position” To Be NPP’s Flagbearer – Says Ben Ephson | Politics

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Renowned pollster, Ben Ephson has said that vice-president, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia is in a prime position to lead the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2024 general elections.

His assertion follows Monday’s declaration by NPP stalwart and former MP for the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa constituency, PC Appiah-Ofori that he prefers Bawumia as the presidential candidate for the party.

Speaking on Asaase Radio on Monday (16 May), Ephson said “moving to PC Appiah-Ofori’s choice of Bawumia, he’s been in the party long enough and I think that Bawumia is in a pole position for the flagbearer. I think that I agree with PC Appiah-Ofori that Bawumia seems to be in pole position.”

“I think that people are entitled to their views. Even though some have come out declaring for Alan [Kyerematen] so, PC Appiah-Ofori coming out for Bawumia, he has one vote.”

Bawumia is not being projected as next NPP flagbearer
Meanwhile, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has dismissed assertions suggesting that there is a general acceptance of Bawumia as the next flagbearer of the party.

The NPP is yet to open nominations for the position, however, the vice-president’s name and a few others such as the former Energy Minister Boakye Kyeremateng Agyarko, Trade and Industry Minister Alan Kyerematen, former Railways Minister Joe Ghartey, and the Agric Minister Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto are already making rounds as contenders.

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I Prepared A Concession Speech Before 2016 Elections – Ex-Prez Mahama | Politics

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John Mahama, the former president has said he went into the 2016 elections knowing that he could lose or win therefore he had speeches prepared for both circumstances.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo defeated his main opponent by 53.8% to 44.4% in the polls after a third attempt at the presidency.

Talking to Samson Kasumba on Uganda-based NBS Television, Mahama said he has a track record of conceding defeat but feels the 2020 election ended under questionable circumstances. 

Win or lose
“When going into an election, prepare to either win or lose. In 2016, I prepared two speeches, and unfortunately, I had to use the concession speech in 2016,” Mahama said.

“In 2016, I was the incumbent President, and I lost an election. I conceded and congratulated my opponent and attended his inauguration.

“I have a track record of conceding to elections asserting they were free and fair. 2021 was not the same. When I was President, we didn’t interfere with the election security committee. They did their job,” Mahama said.

World-class EC
Mahama said despite challenges, Ghana’s Electoral Commission has earned for itself an enviable record of world-class electoral body.

“We have gone from metallic boxes to transparent boxes, photo ID cards, and biometric registration.
We believe the Electoral Commission has built enough capacity to hold a free and fair election.”

“We have held several elections since 1992 in Ghana. Ghana has become the gold standard for elections, and our electoral commission is prided as one of the best on the continent,” the former president said.

Source: UTV/asaaseradio.com

 

 

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2024 Polls: I’ll Contest For NPP Flagbearer Position – Kennedy Agyapong | Politics

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Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Agyapong has announced that he will contest in the upcoming presidential primaries of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) ahead of the 2024 general elections.

He made this announcement on his television network on Monday May 16. The NPP will be electing its flagbearer next year for the next elections.

In relation to the process for the internal polls, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo told the leadership of the NPP to ensure that the process to elect the presidential candidate is fair.

He indicated that fairness would reduce the level of divisions that will come in the party as a result of the contest.

Mr Akufo-Addo noted that as is in the case of every competition, there will be some form of divisions in the party after the internal polls. However, he said, the person to be elected as the flagbearer should have the ability to unite all the fronts.

“I am hoping that level playing field that allows us to elect our next presidential candidate will also bring us a candidate who can unite our party. Because competition, inevitably, will bring some divisions in the party but we are the ruling party so, there is the responsibility on us to conduct ourselves in a way that reduces cracks.

“Cracks in the NPP can have a reflection on the state, we are the ruling party and if our base which is our party is fractured that facture can be translated into fracturing the state, nobody wants that,” he said on Accra based Peace FM last year.

Source: Laud Nartey|3news.com

 

 

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