The Ghana Police Service has through a court order, stopped a group of lawyers from picketing at the headquarters of the Electoral Commission (EC).

The group of 35 lawyers said they intended to picket today [Friday] over what they say are issues of fairness and credibility affecting the December 2020 general elections.

The police, however, went to court to stop today’s intended action.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, a spokesperson for the group of 35 lawyers, Victor Kojogah Adawudu said the police claimed: “because of the secessionist activities in the Volta Region, they are handicapped because they have sent their men [to the Volta Region].”

The police also said there was a restriction on gatherings and that the EC premises was a security zone, according to the lawyer.

But he downplayed the police service’s reasons for securing the injunction.

“There have been a lot of public gatherings whilst in the COVID-19 pandemic, and we have seen it since April 2020. We have seen a lot so it is untenable,” Mr Adawudu argued.

“There is nowhere in the law or anywhere that the Electoral Commission has been designated as a security zone so the reasons they were given are untenable,” he added.

Mr. Adawudu said the lawyers are now waiting for the expiration of the 10-day injunction on their planned action.
[16:00, 10/2/2020] +233 24 055 0899: Bawumia cuts short Accra campaign tour to commiserate with North East flood victims

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has cut short his 4-day campaign tour of the Greater Accra Region and is currently to the North East Region to commiserate with victims of devastating floods that hit three communities in the West Mamprusi Municipality on Thursday.

Dr Bawumia’s campaign was due to end today October 2, 2020, but he had to visit his home region to ascertain the extent of damage and provide support for the thousands of flood victims.

Four villages, Gaagbini, Dimia, Tinkaya and Banawa have been the hardest hit.
Yesterday the villages were submerged in flood waters following massive torrential rains that forced the banks of three dams to break, allowing the water from the dams to rush onto the villages. Thousands of acres of farmlands and homes have been submerged while livestock has been carried away by the flood waters.

It has been confirmed by officials of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) that a three-year child has died.

The Municipal Chief Executive of West Mamprusi, Arimeyaw Somo Lucky, has been left helpless and has called for support. The timely visit by Dr Bawumia, a native of the region, is expected to bring much relief to the victims who are currently being housed in public schools and offices of the Municipal Assembly.

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