The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has dismissed claims by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) that the newly elected member of parliament for Assin North, James Gyakye Quayson holds both Ghanaian and Canadian citizenship.
In a statement, the NDC said Mr. Quayson renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2019 and was subsequently cleared by the Electoral Commission to contest the parliamentary elections after he was queried.
The NPP has written to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs asking for an inquiry into the current citizenship status of the MP-elect.
The country’s constitution frowns upon any instance of an elected Member of Parliament being a citizen of another country in addition to being a Ghanaian.
But according to the NDC, the MP-elect is “a full citizen of Ghana who owes no allegiance whatsoever to any other country. He is a Ghanaian in law and in fact and qualifies to be a Member of Parliament according to the laws of Ghana.”