PPP To Pursue Suit

amoakoThe Progressive People’s Party (PPP), has stated that it will still pursue the writ filed at the Human Rights Division of the Accra Fast Track High Court challenging the legality of a recent ban imposed by the National Security on de-monstrations in the country and a restraining an order secured by the Ghana Police Service from an Accra circuit court on the party’s anti-corruption demonstration.

This is in spite of the lifting of the ban which was imposed during the eight-month 2012 presidential election hearing at the Supreme Court.

The legal action was in fulfillment of an earlier threat by the General-Secretary of the party, Kofi Asamoah-Siaw, to challenge the ban and the court’s restraining order.

The Police Administration last Friday issued a statement lifting the ban imposed on demonstrations and special public events during the hearing, explaining that it now has the full compliment of its personnel to take care of normal policing such as demonstrations, coronations and other special activities.

The Public Order Act (Act941), stipulates that “all public events shall be communicated to the Police Service five days before the event”.

The party’s papers, filed at the Human Rights Court, said the ban by the National Security on demonstrations and the Ghana Police Service’s restrain order on Tuesday, September 10, were unreasonable, arbitrary, and illegal.

In an interview with The Ghanaian Times yesterday, Samuel Amoako, a Deputy Communications Director of the PPP, maintained that the party would pursue the case against the National Security’s directive on the ban and leave out that of the police.

He indicated that, “the PPP will have to pursue the case in court to seek an interpretation as to whether the directive of the National Security should take precedence over the constitutional provision that grants Ghanaians the opportunity to demonstrate”.

Mr. Amoako quipped, “Which should take precedence over the other? Should it be the constitution or the directive from the National Security?”

He explained that “if the party should withdraw the case without contesting the constitutional provision it will be sending a bad precedent for the security agencies to flout the constitution by trampling on the rights of Ghanaians”.

The writ contended that both actions by the National Security and the Police Service breach the fundamental freedom of the applicant (PPP) as enshrined in Article 21 (d) of the 1992 Constitution which states that, ‘All persons shall have the right to freedom of assembly, including freedom to take part in processions and demonstrations’.

The party is being represented by Mr. Asamoah-Siaw in court. - Winston Tamakloe

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