PRESS STATEMENT FROM CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS IN ELECTION PROGRAMMING - 30TH DECEMBER 2020
In a virtual meeting of Civil Society Organisations, held on December 28th, 2020, to monitor and respond to developments within Ghana’s post-Elections environment, we noted with appreciation, the role that has been played by the Ghana Police Service in maintaining peace and security before, during and after the 2020 general Elections. We commend the Police for largely securing law and order, while respecting the democratic rights of citizens to protest, during recent demonstrations by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) over the outcomes of the Elections.
We are cognizant of the critical stage in the post-Elections transition process which we have arrived at, as a nation. This is the phase involving contestations over Election results, in court and through protests, and the swearing-in of a new Parliament and the President-elect. Within this context, there is the possibility of simmering frustrations erupting into political violence, and equally, of public jubilation and celebration also erupting into violence, if the Police is not seen to maintain a non-political stance, and if the democratic rights of citizens are violated.
We have therefore noted with disquiet, recent developments that threaten to taint the posture of impartiality of the Police, and sway public perceptions of the Police Service as a non-political, state institution. We refer to the Police’s directive placing a temporary ban on the NDC’s demonstrations and protests, following an injunction granted by the Court at the instance of the Police.
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