Dr. Dominic Ayine, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga East has described a suit filed against John Mahama to bar him from contesting the 2024 general elections as baseless.
He said the suit by Ken Kuranchie, Editor of the Daily Searchlight which seeks to stop the NDC flagbearer from contesting the 2024 polls will not hold.
Speaking to Accra based Citi FM, Dr. Ayine, who is a former Attorney General said the constitution is clear on the eligibility of John Mahama.
“He has planted confusion in his own mind and the Supreme Court jurisdiction is not needed in this one,” he said.
He further questioned the understanding of Mr. Kuranchie, Editor-in-chief of the Daily Searchlight newspaper, on the constitutional provision of the eligibility of persons that aspire to serve the country as president.
“I have read through the writ and to be honest with you, aside from the fact that it is poorly drafted, it is a non-issue because if you read the language of the constitution, it is very clear that a person is entitled to two terms when elected president of the republic, and now he is saying that the fact that the constitution says that you cannot go more than two terms, then it means that the person who has done one term cannot be re-elected into office again.
“If the makers of the Constitution had wanted to limit such persons from seeking re-election, then they would have said that a person is entitled to not more than two consecutive terms so basically what the plaintiff is seeking to do is to invite the Supreme Court to read the word consecutive into the language of the constitution and I think it is not something the Supreme Court will be very willing to do even though I cannot say with exactitude.”
Mr. Kuranchie filed the suit on June 12 at the Supreme Court challenging the former president’s eligibility to contest the 2024 presidential polls.
Amongst the reliefs, Mr. Kuranchie is seeking a declaration that upon true and proper Interpretation of Article 66 (1) of the 1992 Constitution, clearly stipulates the number of years of a presidential term to be four years.
A declaration that on a true and proper interpretation of Article 66 (1) and (2) of the 1992 Constitution, a person seeking a second presidential term must be a sitting president.
A declaration that on a true and proper interpretation of Article 62 of the 1992 Constitution, a former President of Ghana is not qualified to seek election as President of Ghana.