The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Ocquare has stated that the decision to declare the Fomena Constituency seat vacant after the New Patriotic Party expelled Andrews Amoako Asiamah is still under consideration.
Andrews Amoako Asiamah was the former Member of Parliament for Fomena constituency under the ticket of the NPP but was expelled for filing as an independent candidate.
The Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu on addressing the issue stated that he cannot on authority say exactly what the Speaker meant when he said he was pondering over the issue.
“So I asked him the content of the matter but because we were in a hurry to come to the chamber, I did not really interrogate it further to know what he meant by still pondering over it.
“That’s what I know about it, the letter is not written to me, it’s written to the speaker, If there is any response, it should come from the Speaker, not me,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional branch of the NPP wants the Speaker of Parliament to declare the Fomena Constituency seat vacant based on a letter they wrote addressed to the Speaker of Parliament, Pro. Mike Ocquaye.
Mr John Boadu in a statement on October 13, 2020, said by deciding to stand as an independent candidate, Mr Asiamah has forfeited his membership of the Party per Article 3(9) of the party’s constitution.
He explained that the party’s constitution states that any member of the party who supports or campaigns for an independent parliamentary candidate ahead of forthcoming general elections also automatically forfeits his/her membership of the NPP.
Mr Boadu also said the party has written to the Speaker of Parliament to notify him of Mr Asiamah’s action and the fact that he is no longer a member of the NPP.
He cited Article 97(1)(g) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana which states that “A member of Parliament shall vacate his seat in Parliament if he leaves the party of which he was a member at the time of his election to Parliament to join another party or seeks to remain in Parliament as an independent member.”