Courts do not decide who becomes a Member of Parliament – Minority

Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader, insists that it is not the court that decides who becomes an MP, but through their votes, the citizens of Ghana do.

When the injunction was imposed on Assin North MP, he made the remarks in the heat of arguments from both sides.

He downplayed the injunction against the MP-elect of Assin North, James Gyakye Quayson, barring him from entering the Fourth Republic’s 8th Parliament.

He argued that in cases brought before him, the judicial arm of the government is to act as an arbiter and not to prohibit individuals who have been legally elected from representing their constituents.

Mr Iddrisu maintained that Mr Quayson legitimately won the 2020 parliamentary elections and was subsequently processed by the Electoral Commission, so that he could not be stripped of his inauguration.

This is a law-governed country and the country has institutions that have been given established mandates and authorities. I’ve heard the Hon.

He argued that Afenyo-Markin made reference to court proceedings, but I would like to remind him that the courts do not nominate elected members of Parliament.

It is not the Court that votes, it is the people of Ghana so that courts [can not decide who becomes or does not become MP] are able to vote. The court’s mandate is to adjudicate on matters brought before it, but Ghanaian people are responsible for the elections of Members of Parliament.


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