Assin North Member of Parliament James Gyakye Quayson, a member of Parliament, has expressed his faith in Ghana’s legal system.
He stated that he had faith in the legal system because it is the only way for people to determine their innocence.
Despite the criminal allegations leveled against him, Mr Gyakye Quayson told journalists in Parliament on Friday, February 11 that he is in good spirits.
“I am unable to comment on any case currently before the court, but I can assure you that I am in excellent spirits.” All I can say is that an innocent individual has nothing to worry.
“At this point, all I can say to you is that, as you are all aware, this subject is in court.” He stated, “I believe and trust in the judicial system since it is the only way for people to determine their innocence.”
He has been charged with forgery, perjury, deception of a public authority, and making a false declaration deliberately.
“The accused person, James Gyakye Quayson, is the Member of Parliament for Assin North Constituency,” according to the basic facts of the case. Richard Takyi-Mensah, the complainant, is a teacher who lives in Yamoransa in Ghana’s Central Region.
“On July 26, 2019, the accused individual signed an application form for a passport from the Republic of Ghana. He stated on the application form that he is a Ghanaian who does not hold dual citizenship. The accused had Canadian citizenship at the time, which was granted on October 30, 2016, but he failed to indicate it on the application form. On July 29, 2019, the accused person’s passport application was vetted.
“On the 2nd of August 2019, he was awarded a Ghanaian passport, number G2538667, based on this false information and the other information provided by the accused individual on the passport application form.”
“Again, nominations were opened between the 5th and the 9th of October 2020, prior to the 2020 General Elections in Ghana, which were held on the 7th of December 2020. The accused person obtained nomination documents in order to run for the Assin North Constituency Member of Parliament. At the time, the accused was both a Ghanaian and a Canadian citizen, making him a dual citizen. As a result, he was disqualified to be a Member of Parliament under Article 94(2)(a) of the Republic of Ghana’s Constitution of 1992.
“In section IV of the Electoral Commission of Ghana’s nomination papers, the accused individual utilized a statutory declaration that he swore to on October 6, 2020 before the District Court Registrar in Assin Fosu, claiming that he owes no allegiance to any country other than Ghana.” On the 8th of October 2020, the accused person proceeded to file his candidacy forms with the incorrect information in the statutory declaration. The Electoral Commission accepted the accused person’s nomination based on this fraudulent information and other information submitted by him in the nomination papers.
“He ran for the office and was eventually elected. The accused received a Certificate of Renunciation of Canadian Citizenship on November 26, 2020, roughly 48 days after making the false statutory statement and filing his nomination documents.
“On January 14, 2021, the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department received a petition from the complainant dated January 11, 2021, in which the complainant denounced the accused’s activities, resulting in investigations against him.” The accused person said in his cautious statement to the police that he honestly believed at the time that he owed no allegiance to any other country. The accused was then charged with the offenses listed on the charge sheet.
The accused person, James Gyakye Quayson, has been arraigned for trial based on these facts.”
Mr Gyakye Quayson was previously deemed ineligible to run in the December 7, 2020 Parliamentary Elections by a Cape Coast High Court, presided over by Justice Coram Kwasi Boakye, since he held dual citizenship before picking up candidacy forms from the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC).
As a result, new elections were ordered, and Mr Gyakye Quayson was asked to step down as a member of Parliament.
However, the guy accused of possessing dual Canadian and Ghanaian citizenship is said to have gone to Parliament to participate in the proceedings.