Lawyers stopped from protesting at EC premises

The Ghana Police Service has through a court order, stopped a group of lawyers from picketing at the headquarters of the Electoral Commission (EC).

The group of 35 lawyers said they intended to picket today [Friday] over what they say are issues of fairness and credibility affecting the December 2020 general elections.

The police, however, went to court to stop today’s intended action.

Speaking to Newsmen, a spokesperson for the group of 35 lawyers, Victor Kojogah Adawudu said the police claimed: “because of the secessionist activities in the Volta Region, they are handicapped because they have sent their men [to the Volta Region].”

The police also said there was a restriction on gatherings and that the EC premises was a security zone, according to the lawyer.

But he downplayed the police service’s reasons for securing the injunction.

“There have been a lot of public gatherings whilst in the COVID-19 pandemic, and we have seen it since April 2020. We have seen a lot so it is untenable,” Mr. Adawudu argued.

“There is nowhere in the law or anywhere that the Electoral Commission has been designated as a security zone so the reasons they were given are untenable,” he added.

Mr. Adawudu said the lawyers are now waiting for the expiration of the 10-day injunction on their planned action.

“It [the injunction] is only a short reprieve. After 10 days, they should put it on notice and inform us and serve us. If they don’t that means we can go ahead with our demonstration.”

 

Source: Ghananest.com

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