The Director of Legal Affairs for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Abraham Amaliba, has condemned the manner in which some personnel of the Ghana Police Service heckled the Minority in Parliament when they tried petitioning the Electoral Commission on the outcome of the Techiman South parliamemntary polls.
The opposition MPs staged a walk to hand a petition to the EC Chairperson, Jean Mensa, on Tuesday over the opaque manner in which the results of the polls were collated in the constituency and asked for a legitimate re-collation but the police would not allow that.
After describing the legislators’ act as illegal, the police has sued the Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu and other ten MPs for breaching the Public Order Act.
The enjoined MPs are Haruna Iddrisu, Muntaka Mubarak, Samuel George, John Jinapor, Rockson Dafeamekpor, Ras Mubarak, Adam Mutawakilu, Dr Kwabena Donkor, Bashir Alhassan Fuseini and Kwabena Minta Akandoh.
But speaking on Power FM Wednesday night, Amaliba described the suit as an intimidation tactics and condemned President Akufo-Addo for the act of the police.
“How does unarmed MPs walking to the EC Headquarters to present a petition be wrong and warrant for suit?” Amaliba quizzed as he disclosed that none of the MPs have received a notification to that effect.
“The President has lowered the democracy of the country…Togo’s democracy is better than what we are experiencing in this country currently under the NPP,” he jabbed. “This is not the democracy the NDC left for the NPP.”
To him, the NDC legislators did not go contrary to the laws of the country thus there was not the need for the police personnel led by ASP Kwasi Fori to fiercely resist them when they only sought to alert the EC Chair, Jean Mensa to do the right thing.
He further urged members of the NDC not to be freightened by what he described as a state-sponsored intimidation but rather push for the EC to do the right thing.
Amaliba noted that the EC had subverted the will of the people through the declarationof the 2020 presidential and parliamentary polls and added it is the reason for the series of protests by the NDC.