In connection with their march to the headquarters of the Electoral Commission some two weeks ago, Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu and some 19 lawmakers of the Minority Caucus are to appear in court today, Monday, 4 January 2020.
After their march on Tuesday, 22 December 2020, the state charged the lawmakers with unlawful assembly via the Ghana Police Service.
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 and Isaac Adongo are the others, aside from the Minority Leader.
Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, James Klutse Avedzi, James Agalga, Collins Dauda, Richard Quashigah, Richard Rashi Pelpuo, and Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings are some of those.
Apart from them, Peter Boamah Otokunor, deputy general secretary of the main opposition National Democratic Congress, was also charged with the same crime by the police.
The police have taken issue with them for not pre-informing the law enforcement department before the march.
A declaration of offense alleged that the MPs illegally gathered and conducted themselves in “a manner likely to cause reasonable fear to people in the neighborhood where a breach of peace is likely to be caused.”
On the day of the march, there was a near-violent standoff between the Minority Caucus in Parliament and about 100 heavily armed riot police officers, as the lawmakers attempted to force their way to the headquarters of the Electoral Commission, which is about a kilometer from the Office of Parliament, to send their petition to the electoral management body regarding the election results.
The MPs were mostly dressed in black and the armed officers kept daring to “shoot us” and “kill us.”
The Minority Caucus’ protest march accompanied many pockets of massive campaign by members of the biggest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) against the Election Commission and its leadership, who they charged with stealing the incumbent party’s victory.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) received 6,730,587 votes out of the 13,119,460 total valid votes cast, representing 51.302 per cent.
The NDC’s former President John Mahama, his nearest contender, polled 6,213,182, representing 47.359 percent.
Both the NDC and NPP have 137 seats in Parliament. There is one independent MP who sided with the NPP, and in recent polls he ran solo from it.