The Accra Regional Command of the Ghana Police Service has told petitioners for the removal of Mrs Jean Mensa, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission(EC), cannot picket since picketing is not contained in the Public Oder Act and given that there are COVID-19 restrictions.
The petitioners, led by Elikem Kotoko, in a letter dated 17th February 2021 notified the police of their intention to picket the Presidency, the EC Headquarters, and the Supreme Court following the alleged refusal of the President to refer their petition to the Chief Justice.
In a swift response to the petitioners on the same day, the police said that Ghana’s Public Order Act makes no room for picketing and that COVID-19 restrictions imposed through the Executive Instrument (EI) 395 will not permit the petitioners to picket the places indicated.
“The Accra Regional Police Command wishes to inform you that the Public Order Act has no place for picketing as you have used in your letter…
The Command further wishes to inform you that restrictions imposed by the Executive Instrument(E.I) 395 to contain the spread of COVID-19 Pandemic has still not been lifted.
The Command, therefore, cannot allow you to picket indefinitely at the premises mentioned as they are of high security interest to the State,” the reply read in part.
The petitioners have yet to reply to the letter from the police disallowing their planned picketing.