The Central Region Police Command through the High Court in Cape Coast has secured a prohibition order to bar the Effutu branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) from embarking on a demonstration on Tuesday, January 5, 2020.
The party in the Constituency had written to the police seeking to protest the results of the general election conducted last year.
But the Police said the group’s request cannot be granted because it is unable provide security for the demonstration due to “post-election events, multifaceted security operations for the festive season and events preceding the inauguration of the president-elect on January 7, 2021.”
The Central Regional Police Command has therefore cautioned the general public especially followers, sympathizers and supporters of the National Democratic Congress in Effutu Constituency to the restriction order and act in compliance.
The action follows a similar one in December 2020 where the Accra Regional Police Command also secured a restraining order against the NDC, banning the party from embarking on further protests and demonstrations in Accra over the election outcome.
Supporters of the NDC across the country have been protesting the results of the 2020 elections.
The opposition party is among things expressing its outrage over what it says are errors on the part of the Electoral Commission (EC) following the conduct of the voting exercise.
Its flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama has formally filed a petition at the Supreme Court to challenge the outcome of the polls.
He, however, said the NDC will continue to use protests to “demand the enforcement of the rule of law and protection of life and property of the good people of Ghana.”
According to him, going to the court does not prohibit the party from organizing protests against the declared results.
One of the party’s legal team members, Abraham Amaliba, explained that the protests and the election petitions are two separate issues that must be distinguished.