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Dual Citizenship: Political, public space must be opened to all citizens – DuCRiPS

A Pressure group, Dual Citizens Rights Protection Society( DuCRiPS) has given voice to the proposed amendments to the Constitution to rid it of the limitations imposed on Ghanaians with dual heritage or citizenship.

A leading member of the group, Prof. Stephen Kwaku Asare insists the political space ought to be opened to all Ghanaians.

“We must leverage the skills, knowledge, wealth, talent, minds of any Ghanafuo(Ghanaian) who is willing and able to do public service.”

This comes on the heels of the judgment against the election of the Assin North Member of Parliament, James Gyakye Quayson.

The embattled lawmaker has filed an Appeal against the Cape Coast High Court judgment cancelling the 2020 Assin North Parliamentary election that saw him being elected as MP.

According to the lawyers, the decision of the court was not based on settled laws and was in violation of the 1992 Constitution.

They are asking the Court of Appeal to overturn the decision of the Cape Coast High Court.

Exclusionary tactics

DuCRiPS has thus kicked against what it described as “other citizenship-based exclusionary tactics” and reiterated its commitment to Article 13 of the African Charter on Human Rights, which stipulates that “Every citizen shall have the right to participate freely in the government of his country, either directly or through freely chosen representatives in accordance with the provisions of the law.”

It urged Ghanaians to join the movement as they mount pressure on government to attain equal rights for all citizens.

Even though Ghana still recognizes dual citizenship, they are not treated as full citizens and are excluded from holding many public positions.

Source: Kasapafmonline.com

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