Mahama Belongs To The Club Of Ex-Presidents; Article 66 Frowns On His Return- Wontumi

Since the inception of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, the law spells out clearly the number of years a person elected as President can stay in office.

It is on the back of this that the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party is challenging the eligibility of former President Mahama as he aims to contest the 2020 Presidential elections.

In an open letter addressed to Parliament, the Judiciary, former President Jerry Rawlings and copied to, Mr. Bernard Antwi-Boasiako stated that per the explanations given in the 1992 Constitution, former President Mahama cannot represent the National Democratic Congress in any national election.

In referrence to Article 66 of the 1992 Constitution, Mr. Bernard Antwi-Boasiako explained that the state could not continue to spend money on all former Presidents only for “only one (John Mahama) to nicodemously sneak out and come and contest an election on a the ticket of a political party in 2020”.

Article 66 of the 1992 Constitution states that

(1) A person elected as President shall, subject to clause (3) of this article, hold office for a term of four years beginning from the date on which he is sworn in as President.

(2) A person shall not be elected to hold office as President of Ghana for more than two terms.

(3) The office of President shall become vacant –

(a) on the expiration of the period specified in clause (1) of this article; or

(b) if the incumbent dies or resigns from office or ceases to hold office under article 69 of this Constitution.

(4) The President may, by writing signed by him, and addressed to the Speaker of Parliament, resign from his office as President.

Dwelling on the above article, Mr. Bernard Antwi-Boasiako commented that since our constitution directs us on how to treat all former Presidents of which Mr. John Mahama is recognized., the privileges he enjoys cannot be halted


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