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NDC MPs to boycott Parliament on days Quayson goes to court

The Minority in Parliament has issued a threat stating that they will not attend parliamentary sessions whenever their colleague, James Gyakye Quayson, is scheduled to appear in court for his forgery trial.

Instead, they have declared their intention to accompany Mr. Quayson to court.

The Minority Leader, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, made this announcement during the swearing-in ceremony of James Gyakye Quayson as the Member of Parliament for Assin North on Tuesday, 4th July 2023.

The ceremony, held in Parliament, saw Mr. Quayson take the oath of secrecy and the parliamentary oath, followed by congratulations from Speaker Alban Sumana Bagbin.

Supporters, including local chiefs, members of the clergy, and residents of Assin North, attended the ceremony to show their solidarity with the newly sworn-in MP. Members of the Minority, dressed in white attire, enthusiastically chanted Mr. Quayson’s name to demonstrate their support.

Former President and National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, along with other NDC national executives, also witnessed the event in Parliament.

James Quayson is facing charges of deceit of a public officer, forgery of passport or travel certificates, knowingly making a false statutory declaration, perjury, and false declaration for office. These charges stem from his alleged dual citizenship during his participation in the 2020 polls.

The Accra High Court has ordered a daily trial for the case. However, Quayson’s lawyers have challenged this ruling in the Court of Appeal.

As the court proceedings unfold, the Minority has made it clear that they will prioritize accompanying Mr. Quayson to court over attending parliamentary sessions. This decision raises questions about their commitment to legislative responsibilities during the trial.



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