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Ghana: Fomena MP Expelled from Parliament

The Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye, has directed and announced that the Member of Parliament (MP) for Fomena, Mr. Andrew Amoako Asiamah, has been relieved of seat. This is following his decision leave the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and pursue his legislative career as an independent candidate in the upcoming December 7 elections.

The house speaker ruled that the conduct of the MP breaches his party’s constitution and that of the republic, referring to Article 97(1g), which therefore renders him unqualified to keep his seat in Parliament on the of a party he is campaigning against.

The NPP initiated this expulsion move by sending a petition presented to the Speaker. In the petition, they stated that Mr. Asiamah after filing his nomination as an independent candidate had forfeited his membership of the party and therefore no longer held a stake in it, thus needs to be relieved of his legislative duties as the constitution demanded.

“The step taken to contest his party automatically triggers forfeiture of his party membership,” the Speaker quoted NPP’s petition.”

“Having forfeited the membership of the party, on whose ticket he was elected to Parliament , the operative language of the Constitution is that ‘He SHALL’, which is mandatory, ‘vacate his seat in Parliament’.”

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