The Sekondi High Court has ordered Ms. Dorcas Affo-Toffey, National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament for Jomoro Constituency, to produce evidence of her renunciation of Ivorian citizenship within 10 days at the Court Registry.
High Court Judge, Justice Dr Richmond Osei Hwere presided over the hearing on Tuesday, June 22.
According to Joshua Emuah Kofie, who dragged the MP to court on January 8, this year, Ms Affo-Toffey, at the time of filing her nomination for the 2020 parliamentary elections, held Ivorian and American citizenship in violation of the 1992 Constitution and hence was not qualified to stand for the elections.
In a motion filed by his counsel, Mr Frank Davies, Mr Kofie affirmed that the MP in her response to the petition averred that she was never an American citizen but an Ivorian citizen, and had renounced the Ivorian citizenship before filing her nominations for the elections.
As part of the reliefs, Mr. Kofie wants the court to declare that the election of Ms Affo-Toffey as the MP for the area was null and void, as it was in violation of the 1992 Constitution and “a declaration that the MP at the time of the parliamentary elections for the constituency was not qualified to contest as a candidate for the constituency in accordance with the electoral laws of the country.”
After the Hearing on Tuesday, June 22, the NDC Regional Communication officer, Richard Kirk Mensah, addressed that they are disappointed and did not expect the verdict to go this way.
However, they are going to meet with the legal team of the NDC party, after which the next line of action will be communicated to members of the party.
The New Patriotic Party Regional Chairman, Ndede Sia, who was present at the ruling also made it known they are only abiding by the constitution and expecting the laws to work as one cannot hold a dual citizenship and be a Member of Parliament.
He said, ” The court has made it known the MP will have to provide evidence of her renunciation of Ivorian citizenship within 10 days, which is 1st July, we all wait to see and if that is not done, the laws of the land will take it due cause.”