Registration has begun for Members of Parliament elect for the 8th Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana on 2nd January, 2021. The exercise is one of the processes to officially recognize and accept Members of Parliament elect in 2020 elections to occupy their respective offices in Parliament.
The Energy Minister and Member of Parliament elect for the Hohoe Constituency John-Peter Amewu has defiled Ho High Court orders to provide his personal details for registration as the Member of Parliament elect to represent his Constituents ahead of the official inauguration on 7th January, 2021 despite his injunction by the Ho High Court.
On Sunday, 3rd January, 2021, during day two of MPs’ registration, John-Peter Amewu was spotted in the premises of the Parliament House undergoing the online registration going on concurrently for MPs elect in the December 2020 General Elections.
The registration is which commenced on Saturday, 2nd January, 2021 saw many MPs elect in the Chamber of the House filling forms for the online registration. According reports, the registration is expected to end on Wednesday 6th January, 2021, a day to the official inauguration.
It’s unclear why John-Peter Amewu should be allowed to go through the registration processes since the Clerk of Parliament was served a letter on 24th of December 2020 to bring his attention to orders of injunction on John-Peter Amewu from presenting himself to be sworn in a MP for Hohoe.
Below is a copy of the letter sent to the Clerk of Parliament
The Ho High Court presided over by Justice George Buadi on 23rd December, 2020 has granted interim injunction restraining the Electoral Commission of Ghana from Gazetting John-Peter Amewu as the Member of Parliament elect for the Hohoe Constituency.
This was after an ex parte application was argued in court by Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata for the applicants who hail from the towns who were prevented from voting in the parliamentary elections in the Hohoe constituency.
According to reports available to Coverghana.com.gh, the Electoral Commission of Ghana has apparently printed ballot papers for people of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lolobi and Likpe ( Reffered to as SALL) traditional areas to vote in Hohoe during the December 2020 Polls.
Unfortunately, on the eve of December 7, the Electoral Commission led by Mrs. Jean Mensa through what has been described as connivance of vested interests issued an order restraining the people of Santrokofi, Akpafu, Lolobi and Likpe ( Reffered to as SALL) traditional areas from participating in the Parliamentary election.
Though many Ghanaians express worry and disappointment in the Electoral Commission for the action taken against the people, leading to an interlocutory injunction on John-Peter Amewu, the MP elect for area went ahead and defiled the Court’s order to register in Parliament as MP elect for Hohoe Constituency.
Meanwhile, the Attorney General of the Republic of Ghana Madam Gloria Akufo has filed an application to invoke the supervisory jurisdiction of the Supreme Court for an order of certiorari directed at the High Court, Ho, Volta Region, for the Supreme Court to quash the orders of the High Court, Ho, given 23rd December, placing an injunction against the Hohoe MP-elect taking his seat, which is yet to be determined.
The Supreme Court led by the Chief Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah has scheduled Monday, 4th January, 2021 for hearing of arguments and debate on the subject matter for final ruling.
See photos of John-Peter Amewu while registering in Parliament as Hohoe MP elect.