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    MR. KOMLA GBEDEMAH, FORMER FINANCE MINISTER UNDER EX-PRESIDENT KWANE NKRUMAH AND NOW LEADER OF GHANA'S?

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    MR. KOMLA GBEDEMAH, FORMER FINANCE MINISTER UNDER EX-PRESIDENT KWANE NKRUMAH AND NOW LEADER OF GHANA'S MAIN OPPOSITION PARTY THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF LIBERALS (NAL) WAS BARRED FROM TAKING UP HIS SEAT IN PARLIAMENT BY THE SUPREME COURT LAST MONDAY (NOVEMBER 24).

    THE INTERIM ELECTORAL COMMISSIONER, MR. JUSTICE VINCENT CRABBE, ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT MR. GBEDEMAH IS ALSO INELIGIBLE TO BE LEADER OF HIS POLITICAL PARTY.

    LAST MONDAY, FIVE APPEAL COURT JUDGES, BY A MAJORITY OF FOUR TO ONE GRANTED AN INJUNCTION RESTRAINING MR. GBEDEMAH FROM TAKING THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SEAT HE WON IN THE KETA CONSTITUENCY IN THE RECENT GENERAL ELECTIONS.

    THE INJUNCTION HAD BEEN SOUGHT BY MR. GBEDEMAH'S PROGRESS PARTY OPPONENT AT THE ELECTIONS, MR. E. AWOONOR WILLIAMS, ON THE GROUNDS THAT HE WAS NOT ELIGIBLE UNDER CLAUSE 71 OF THE CONSTITUTION.

    THIS CLAUSE STATES THAT ANY PERSON AGAINST WHOM ADVERSE FINDINGS HAVE BEEN MADE BY A COMMISSION OF INQUIRY IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO HOLD PUBLIC OFFICE OR SIT IN PARLIAMENT FOR FIVE YEARS.

    IN MAY THIS YEAR A COMMISSION OF INQUIRY HAD FOUND THAT MR. GBEDEMAH HAD SPENT 17,000 STERLING MORE THAN HIS INCOME WHILE A MINISTER IN THE NKRUMAH REGIME.

    THE JUDGES ON MONDAY DISMISSED A WRIT BY MR. GBEDEMAH THAT THE FINDINGS OF THE MAY COMMISSION BE SET ASIDE.

    AFTER THE HEARING,MR. GBEDEMAH'S COUNSEL, MR. QUASHIE IDUN, SAID THERE COULD NOT UNDER PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES BE ANY APPEAL AGAINST THE RULING.

    THE RULING LEAVES THE ASSEMBLY WITH AN OPPOSITION OF SIX AGAINST THE 105 MEMBERS OF DR. KOFI BUSIA'S PROGRESS PARTY.

    TODAY'S DECISION BARRING MR. GBEDEMAH FROM LEADING THE N.A.L. WAS BASED ON THE FACT HE WAS DISQUALIFIED FROM BEING A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2NB2B4DUAEIYQGTWP2D41L05X
    Media URN:
    VLVA2NB2B4DUAEIYQGTWP2D41L05X
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/11/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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