Supreme court to hear Amewu’s injunction case today

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The Supreme Court will on Monday, January 4, 2021, hear legal arguments in a case that could potentially determine whether or not Energy Minister John Peter Amewu is sworn in as MP for Hohoe constituency on January 7.

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This was after the State through a Deputy Attorney General, Godfred Dame, filed a motion last week Wednesday to fight an injunction placed by the Ho High Court on his swearing-in.

The injunction was granted after some residents of Santrofi, Akpafu, Likpe and Lolobi (SALL) argued that failure to vote in the just-ended parliamentary elections amounted to a breach of their rights.

They said the creation of the Oti Region coupled with a recent Supreme Court decision and failure of the EC to create a constituency for them, meant they did not vote for a parliamentary candidate in the just-ended election.

They subsequently got the Ho High court to grant an injunction but the Attorney-General headed to the Apex Court saying this decision is not legally sound.

Deputy Attorney-General, Godfred Yeboah Dame argued that the High court erred when it granted the injunction and wants the Supreme Court to set it aside.

The court on Wednesday granted Mr. Dame’s request to have an earlier hearing to ensure the matter is determined before January 7.

Mr. Dame said the case affects the rights of the residents of Hohoe Constituency to have an MP and the composition of the next parliament.

Lawyer for the residents of SALL, Tsatsu Tsikata who despite not being served because the application was ex-parte showed up in court.

He urged the court to hear him since whatever decision it takes on when to hear the case will affect him.

When the court proposed January 4 as the day to hear the matter, he asked for an earlier date than that.

The panel comprising Justices Appau, Marful Sau, Gertrude Torkonoo, Clemence Honyenuga, and Amadu Tanko settled on January 4; pointing out that January 1 was a statutory holiday.

The court also ordered that Mr. Tsikata files his response to the Attorney-General’s case by 12 noon on December 31.

The Attorney-General’s office can respond to the issues Mr. Tsikata raises by close of day on December 31.

Hence, the Aex Court is expected to give its final ruling today.

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