Edward Doe Adjaho has declared the Talensi seat vacant.
The Speaker of Parliament Edward Doe Adjaho has declared the Talensi seat vacant.
This follows the enskinment of its Member Parliament Robert Nachinab Doaneng as the paramount chief of Tongo in the Upper East region on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The legislator succeeds the late Tongo-Raana Sapaalug-Namalteng Boara Yenga Kolbil. He once contested the skin in May 2007 but lost to the late chief.
Earlier, he met the speaker and the leadership of parliament over his new status and whether he would still be able to represent the people of Talensi in parliament.
The MP, since his enskinment has absented himself from parliament, prompting the majority chief whip, Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, to raise the issue on the floor about a week ago asking the speaker to declare the seat vacant in line with the Standing Orders of the House and also in reference to the Constitution which debars chiefs from participating in active party politics.
At the time the majority chief whip raised the issue, the speaker, Edward Doe Adjaho, was outside the country and in his stead was the first deputy speaker, Ebo Barton Odro, who also supported the call by the majority for the seat to be declared vacant, but said that a decision would have to ultimately come from the speaker when he returns from his official trip.
In his ruling Tuesday, Doe Adjaho said the member has personally informed him (Speaker) of his new status.
He also recommended to the House to set a day aside when their former colleague will be invited to the House to share his experience since he is the first MP to become a chief under the 4th republic.
Article 276 of the 1992 Constitution states: (1) A chief shall not take part in active party politics; and any chief wishing to do so and seeking election to Parliament shall abdicate his stool or skin.
(2) Notwithstanding clause (1) of this article and paragraph (c) of clause (3) of article 94 of this Constitution, a chief may be appointed to any public office for which he is otherwise qualified.
Article 277 adds: In this Chapter unless the context otherwise requires, "chief" means a person, who, hailing from the appropriate family and lineage, has been validly nominated, elected or selected and enstooled, enskinned or installed as a chief or queenmother in accordance with the relevant customary law and usage.
Credible sources from the party however can confirmed that interested persons such as Mr. Robert Alibo, Mr. Thomas Doanaab and Mr. Williams Zuugah are all potential candidates who have showed interest to contest the parliamentary primaries to replace the MP.