The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo Prampram, Sam George alongside 19 other Minority Members of Parliament (MPs) are expected to appear before court today, January 4, 2021, for marching to the head office of the Electoral Commission in Accra in December 2020.
The 20 have been charged with unlawful gathering which can lead to a breach of the peace after they were accused of failing to properly notify the police for their march. In addition to the MPs, the National Democratic Congress Deputy General Secretary, Peter Boamah Otokunor, has also been charged with the same offence.
In a summons issued by the circuit court, the accused persons have been directed to appear before the court today, Monday.
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.
The State had earlier sued the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, and 10 other members of the Minority caucus in Parliament over the march.
About the march to EC’s premises
The Minority caucus in December 2020 marched to the headquarters of the Electoral Commission to petition the electoral management body over their disagreement of the results of the 2020 presidential and parliamentary polls. They, in particular, are challenging the results of the Techiman South parliamentary poll.
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 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.