The death of the Member of Parliament for Mfantseman Constituency has created a vacancy for the NPP to fill in order to present a candidate for the general elections through by-election in the Mfantseman Constituency. However, the minority leader Haruna Idrisu stipulates that the 1992 Constitution does not support such a process within 3 months to General Elections.
If the constitutional provision is something to go by then Ghana has 51 days to General Elections slated for December 7, 2020. It is upon this background that the minority leader says he does not subscribe to a by-election.
Mr. Haruna Idrisu quoted Article 112 clauses 5 and 6 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana which stipulates;
(5) Whenever a vacancy occurs in Parliament, the Clerk to Parliament shall notify the Electoral Commission in writing within seven days after the vacancy occurred, and a by-election shall be held within thirty days after the vacancy occurred.
(6) Notwithstanding clause (5) of this article, a by-election shall not be held within three months before the holding of a general election.
Member of Parliament for Mfantseman Constituency was killed last week Friday, 9th October 2020 after he and his entourage were returning from a campaign tour in the Constituency at approximately 1.00 pm. They were intercepted by assailants at Abeadze Duadzi road in the Mankesim Municipality of the Central Region of Ghana and the MP was shot to death.