Youth of the opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC, has indicated that it will go ahead with its planned demonstration, despite the Police indication that it will not be able to provide protection for them.
The youth of the party, after writing to notify the Police of their intended demonstration, received a response from the Regional Police Command, in which it was referred to Section 4 of the Public Order Act 1994 (ACT 491) particularly concerning public health.
“Restrictions imposed by the Executive Instrument (EI) 395 to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have still not been lifted”, the police stated.
But the NDC in response said section 4 of Act 491 gives the Interior Minister powers to impose a curfew in the country during which no demonstration can be held and “so far as we are concerned, no part of Accra is under curfew for which reason a demonstration cannot be held as the Police erroneously want us to believe.”
George Opare-Addo, National Youth Organizer of the NDC said the Police reference to the Executive Instrument put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 as another reason why the demonstration cannot be held, cannot hold as it expired at the end of May 2021.
“The law that the Police quoted, EI 395 expired on the 31st of March 2021. A new E.I. was passed and that one was for one month and that one expired on 31st May so as of today, no new E.I. has been passed.”
“They [Police] know that they don’t have the power to stop us from embarking on our demonstration. It is only a court of competent jurisdiction that can stop us from embarking on a demonstration,” he added.
Police to be compelled
The youth organizer said the NDC intends to compel the Police by an order of mandamus in court to perform its function of providing security for the demonstration.
He said the demonstration will take place between 8.00am and 12 noon on July 6, 2021 as agreed.