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James Gyakye Quayson’s criminal prosecution should be stopped, Dormaahene to A-G

James Gyakye Quayson’s criminal prosecution should be stopped, Dormaahene to A-G. The Attorney-General (A-G), Godfred Yeboah Dame, has been urged by the Dormaahene, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu I, to withdraw the criminal proceedings against James Gyakye Quayson, the next Member of Parliament for Assin North.

The High Court in Accra is now hearing the perjury case against James Gyakye Quayson.
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In connection with a number of suspected offenses in the run-up to the 2020 Assin North parliamentary election, he is accused of forgery and perjury.

James Gyakye Quayson’s criminal prosecution should be stopped, Dormaahene to A-G

He has entered a not guilty plea to five counts of forging a passport or travel document, making a false statutory declaration intentionally, lying under oath, and making a false declaration for office.

According to the prosecution, when Mr. Quayson sought for a Ghanaian passport, he falsely claimed to the Passport Office that he didn’t have a passport for another nation.
In addition, the prosecution claims that Mr. Quayson lied to the Electoral Commission (EC) when he declared his intention to run for the Assin North seat in 2020, claiming that he owed no allegiance to any foreign nation.

By-election

In the past, Quayson held citizenship in both Ghana and Canada.

He started the process by applying to relinquish his Canadian citizenship before the 2020 parliamentary election, but he hadn’t yet gotten his renunciation certificate when he filed his contest with the EC.

According to the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the 1992 Constitution, Quayson was ineligible since he was still a Canadian citizen at the time he applied with the Electoral Commission to run in the 2020 election because he hadn’t obtained his renunciation certificate.

As a result, the Assin North 2020 parliamentary election results were nullified, and the seat was declared vacant.

He was now eligible to run after receiving his certificate renunciating his Canadian citizenship later in 2020, and the NDC approved his request to run again. He defeated Charles Opoku of the New Patriotic Party in the by-election, and he will soon take the oath of office as MP for Assin North.
Murder case

The forgery and perjury allegations, however, in connection with specific alleged offenses in the run-up to the 2020 Assin North parliamentary election remain open.

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