Parliament must call for an immediate atonement of SALL sins – Kwaku Azar

A US-based Ghanaian lawyer, Professor Kwaku Asare, aka Kwaku Azar, says the Speaker of Parliament together with the House must take immediate steps towards the reparation of the wrongs made against the people of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Likpe and Lolobi (SALL) in the December 07 general elections.

He believes that a constitutional crisis was created on December 6 when the EC issued an unconstitutional directive to voters of these areas to stay away from the parliamentary elections.

However, in his latest submission via a Facebook post to the raging issues with SALL, the outspoken Lawyer said Parliament has no such discretion when it comes to disenfranchisement of #SALL, adding that “The Speaker and Members must call for an immediate atonement of that cardinal sin.”

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Eligible voters within areas in the newly created district; namely Santrokofi, Akpafu, Likpe, and Lolobi, were only allowed to take part in the presidential election but could not vote in the parliamentary election because a constituency had not been created for them.

This triggered an ex parte application filed by residents of the Guan District who were not given the opportunity to vote in the parliamentary elections on December 7, 2020.

The Ho High Court presided over by Justice George Boadi on December 23, 2020, granted an injunction after SALL residents argued that their inability to vote in the just-ended parliamentary election amounted to a breach of their rights.

But the State through a Deputy Attorney General, Godfred Dame, filed a motion at the Supreme Court to fight the injunction placed on Amewu by the Ho High Court.

The Supreme Court in a unanimous decision quashed the orders made by the Ho High Court placing an interim injunction on the gazetting and swearing-in of Member of Parliament for the Hohoe constituency, John Peter Amewu.

Parliament must call for an immediate atonement of SALL sins – Kwaku Azar
Parliament must call for an immediate atonement of SALL sins – Kwaku Azar

The panel however declined the AG’s request seeking an order to prohibit the High Court of Justice George Boadi, from further hearing or conducting proceedings in the said suit.


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