Speaker declares Fomena seat vacant

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The Speaker of Parliament Prof Mike Oquaye has declared the Fomena Parliamentary seat vacant.

This follows the decision of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Fomena, Andrew Amoako Asiamah to contest as an Independent candidate in the December polls.

Mr Asiamah a member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) decided to contest as an independent candidate and withdrew from the NPP primaries accusing the party of scheming to get him out.

On 13 October 2020, the NPP wrote to the Speaker to trigger the provisions of Article 97 (1)g for the seat in the house to be declared vacant.

Delivering his ruling in parliament on Saturday, 7 November 2020, Prof Oquaye said: “With all intents and purposes, he is no longer a member of the party. He has pronounced himself publicly as an independent and has filed his papers to compete against the party in his official candidate as an independent on 7th December 2020.

“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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