Supreme Court suspends Dr Zenator’s case over constitutional clause

The Supreme has suspended the case between incumbent Member of Parliament for the Klottey Korley Constituency, Nii Armah Ashitey and Dr Zanetor Rawlings at the High Court until it determines a constitutional matter involved in the case. 

In a 4-1 majority decision, the apex court ruled that the High Court erred in law when it assumed jurisdiction over Article 94 clause 1(a) of the 1992 Constitution.

Article 94 clause 1 (a) states that a person must be a registered voter before he or she can contest as a Member of Parliament.

The Supreme Court has therefore suspended the case at the High Court to determine whether the said constitutional provision becomes operational when a person declares his or her intention to be an MP at the primaries level or whether it is when the Electoral commission opens nominations and the person files the relevant documents.

Legal team of Dr Zenator filed the application at the Supreme Court, praying the court to stop the the trial judge, Mr. Justice Kwaku T. Ackah Boafo from further hearing the matter. 

Dr Zenator in her suit stated that the trial judge erred in law when he wrongfully assumed the jurisdictional role to  interpret Article 94 (1) (a) of the 1992 Constitution.

The court has therefore given the parties involved in the case to file their submissions simultaneously within 2 weeks and further adjourned the case to June 2, 2016.

Nii Armah Ashietey who lost to Dr Zenator last year had gone to court challenging his defeat in the November 11, 2015, primaries citing some constitutional breaches.

According to Mr Ashietey, Dr. Zanetor did not qualify to be elected as the parliamentary nominee since at the time of the contest she was not a registered voter in the country.

But Dr Zanetor in April took advantage of the Electoral Commission’s limited voters registration to register as a new voter.

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