About Twenty Members of Parliament in the Minority Caucus have been charged with unlawful assembly following their march to the Electoral Commission’s (EC) head office in Accra on Tuesday, December 22, 2020.
In addition to the MPs, the National Democratic Congress Deputy General Secretary, Peter Boamah Otokunor, was also charged with the same offence.
They are said to have failed to notify the police before their march.
The statement of offence said they unlawfully assembled and conducted themselves “in a manner likely to cause persons in the Neighbourhood reasonable fear where a breach of the peace is likely to be occasioned.”
The MPs charged are Haruna Iddrisu, Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, Samuel George, John Abdulai Jinapor, Rockson Defiamekpor, Ras Mubarak, Mutawakilu Adam, Ebenezer Okletey Terlabi, Dr. Kwabena Donkor, A.B. Fuseini, Kwabena Minta Akando, Yusif Issaka Jaja, Isaac Adongo, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, James Klutse Avedzi, James Agalga, Collins Dauda, Abdul Rashi Pelpuo, Richard Quashigah and Zanetor Agyeman Rawlings.
Citi News has sighted a criminal summons indicating that the Ningo Prampram MP, Sam George, is expected to appear in court tomorrow [Monday].
The State had earlier sued the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, and 10 other members of the Minority caucus in Parliament over the march.
The Minority caucus was trying to present a petition over the results of the 2020 presidential and parliamentary polls.
They are in particular challenging the results of the Techiman South Parliamentary polls.
The Caucus in the six-pager petition is asking the EC to re-collate the Techiman South Constituency Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Results from all the Two Hundred and Sixty-Six (266) Polling stations.
However, the legislators were met with resistance from the police officers who applied some force to stop them from going to the premises of the EC.
Minority clashes with police
Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu on Monday warned the minority will boycott the inauguration of President Akufo-Addo on 7 January if the results from Techiman South is not re-collated.
Member of Parliament for Ablekuma South Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije was unhappy about the conduct of the police towards them.
“The action of the police, It is uncalled for, it is highly uncalled for. I mean they say we need permit but we are not demonstrating, we are walking, they should just allow us to go and present whatever we have to the EC. We are asking the EC to re collate the results of Techiman South and to make sure we clarify all that we lost in this election,” he said.
Minority at the EC’s Office
Ras Mubarak, the Member of Parliament for Kumbungu said the Minority has not breached any public act with its action to present a petition to the Electoral Commission (EC).
“There is absolutely nothing wrong with embarking on a walk to present a petition to a state institution. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that and we find the action of the police very very offensive. The police should be protecting the citizenry, the police should be providing cover and not acting in the manner they are acting. Look at the number of guns here, which member of parliament is carrying a gun,” he said.
Supporters of the largest opposition party have been on rampage ever since Mahama rejected the results of Election 2020.
They have been burning car tyres and clashed with the police in separate instances at the various offices of the Electoral Commission (EC) across the nation.
Winner of Election 2020
On Wednesday (9 December), the chair of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, declared President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo the winner of the 2020 presidential election after he defeated the NDC’s Mahama.
Akufo-Addo won 51.59% of the votes cast, against Mahama’s 6,214,889 (a vote share of 47.36%). Akufo-Addo polled 6,730,413 votes out of the total 13,119,460.
However, the NDC has rejected the 2020 results and members describe the election in some parts of the country as riddled with irregularities.
Last week Mahama announced that the party will explore all legal avenues available to overturn what he described as the flawed elections.
Stop violence campaign
Meanwhile, Ghanaians on social media have launched a campaign dubbed #MahamaStopTheViolence to put pressure on Mahama to urge his supporters to desist from violent protests.
At least 26 persons linked to the NDC have been granted bail after they were arrested last week for protesting and causing mayhem at the headquarters of the Electoral Commission, the police said.
Clad in red and black, the supporters besieged the EC headquarters to protest against alleged rigging of the 2020 election in favour of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Journalists covering the protests have also been attacked by the supporters. Ghanaians have now resorted to social media to call out the leader of the largest opposition party to call his supporters to order.
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