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Assin North by-election: Mahama suspends campaign after NDC member dies

By Vincent Ashitey
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Former President John Dramani Mahama had to put his campaign in Assin North on hold for some hours following the death of an NDC member after a road crash.

Mahama who is in the constituency to campaign for the ousted Member of Parliament  for Assin North, James Gyakye Quayson in the upcoming by-election visited persons who were injured in the accident and the bereaved family.

“I’ve had to suspend my campaign in Assin North for about 2hrs to visit injured sympathizers who were involved in an accident after our engagement at Dansame.

“Unfortunately, we lost one of our comrades who enthusiastically joined others to the programme. Our condolences to her family,” Mahama posted on Saturday, June 17, 2023.

The Electoral Commission (EC) has set Tuesday, June 27, 2023, as the date for a by-election in the Assin North constituency.

The by-election follows the Supreme Court declaring the election of James Gyakye Quayson as Member of Parliament for Assin North as null, void and unconstitutional.

This ruling was the outcome of a case brought before the Supreme Court, invoking its original jurisdiction to examine the constitutionality of James Gyakye Quayson’s election.

James Gyakye Quayson had been accused of holding dual citizenship prior to the 2020 election, an allegation he vehemently denied. 

Mr. Quayson explained that the Electoral Commission (EC) inspected his renunciation certificate in November 2020, before allowing him to contest in the 2020 general elections.