Speaker of Parliament Prof Mike Oquaye has declared the Fomena Parliamentary seat vacant.
This followed the decision of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Fomena, Andrew Amoako Asiamah to contest as an Independent candidate in the December 7 polls.
Mr Asiamah, a member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) withdrew from the NPP primaries and decided to contest as an independent candidate, accusing the party of scheming to get him out.
Consequently, on 13th October 2020, the NPP wrote to the Speaker to trigger the provisions of Article 97 (1) (g) for the seat in the house to be declared vacant.
Delivering his ruling on the Fomena MP in parliament on Saturday, Prof Oquaye said, “With all intents and purposes, he is no longer a member of the party. He has pronounced himself publicly as an independent and has filed his papers to compete against the party in his official candidate as an independent on 7th December 2020.
“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”.