The Sekondi High Court has thrown out the election petition case against Jomoro MP, Dorcas Affo-Toffey.
According to the Court, she was eligible to contest the 2020 parliamentary election.
The Judge, Justice Dr. Richmond Osei Hwere, delivering his ruling, said the MP lost her Ivorian citizenship at the very time she acquired her Ghanaian citizenship.
Mr Joshua Emuah Kofie, a resident of the constituency challenged the eligibility of the MP to contest as a representative of the folks within the constituency.
According to him, the MP is holding a number of nationalities, together with American and Ivorian citizenships, which contravenes the 1992 Constitution.
However, the MP has denied having an American citizenship and claimed to have renounced her Ivorian citizenship.
Earlier, the applicant prayed the Court to give an order to examine the paperwork to verify whether or not the MP actually renounced her Ivorian citizenship before submitting to contest as MP in 2020.
Dorcas Affo-Toffey was subsequently ordered by the Court to produce paperwork that show her supposed renunciation of Ivorian citizenship, however she failed to accomplish that.
This led to the applicant subsequently submitting contempt costs against her for failing to present the requisite paperwork.
Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe, counsel for the MP, pleaded with the court docket to strike out the contempt case and requested for forgiveness noting his consumer had no intentions of disrespecting the orders of the court docket.
The lawyer for the petitioner, Bright Okyere Agyekum requested the Court to award a cost of GHC20,000 against the MP for disobeying its orders and losing their time before hanging out the case of contempt.
The Court presided by Justice Sedinam Agbemava subsequently struck out the case and awarded a cost of GHC5,000 against the MP after her lawyer pleaded his consumer couldn’t afford the amount requested by the petitioner’s lawyer, noting that “things are hard.”
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