The Member of Parliament for the Fomena Constituency, Andrew Amoako Asiamah has been expelled from parliament.
His expulsion from the august house was announced by the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye.
According to the Speaker, the decision by Andrew Amoako Asiamah to go independent in the upcoming December election is tantamount to vacation of seat.
The speaker in his ruling averred that the conduct of the MP breaches his party’s constitution and that of the country, precisely Article 97(1g), thereby rendering him unfit to represent the people on the ticket of a party he is campaigning against.
“The step taken to contest his party automatically triggers forfeiture of his party membership,” the Speaker quoted NPP’s petition.
“Having forfeited the membership of the party, on whose ticket he was elected to Parliament, the operative language of the Constitution is that ‘He SHALL’, which is mandatory, ‘vacate his seat in Parliament’.”
He described as ridiculous a situation where Mr. Amoako Asiamah will be representing the party in Parliament but campaigning against it and its candidate in the run-up to the December elections.
“This lacuna of a ridiculous situation is not what is anticipated under the 1992 Constitution.”
“In the circumstance and it is determined that the conduct of Hon. Andrew Amoako Asiamah amounts to vacating his seat in Parliament.”
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) petitioned the Speaker after Amoako Asiamah filed his nomination to contest the 2020 elections as an independent candidate.