Elikem E. Kotoko, the leaders and convenor of a group of Ghanaians who set dates to picket for the removal of the Electoral Commission’s Chairperson Mrs. Jean Mensa has responded to the Greater Accra Regional Police Command, saying, the Ghana Police Service has no powers to stop them from picketing unless a court of competent jurisdiction.
According to Elikem E. Kotoko, they will proceed with their planned picketing at the premises of the presidency, EC’s headquarters and the Supreme Court to demand for the Jean Mensa’s removal from office.
In a response to the police letter, he said “We write to acknowledge receipt of your letter with reference number ARHQ. 84/Vol 16/228, dated February 17, 2021 which was a response to our earlier letter to your outfit on the above subject matter. We wish to state that, we are only required under the Public Order Act to notify the police of our intended SPECIAL EVENT.”
According to him, the police has no powers whatsoever to refuse organisers of Special Events permission under the said Act, except a court of competent jurisdiction.
“The Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary defined picketing as a form of protestation. it is therefore surprising for you to have averted that the Public Order Act does not recognize picketing which is a Special Event properly so called.” He said.
“We by this letter wish to state that, we will proceed with our planned Special Event on Wednesday 24th February, 2021 as stated in our earlier letter.” The letter read.
Mr. Elikem E. Kotoko added that, the are fully aware of the restrictions imposed under Executive Instruction (E.) 595 as a
result of Covid-19. He assured that the crowd at each of the stated center remain within the allowable number for public gathering as announced by the president.
“Respectfully, I will advise that you desist from arrogating any non-existing power to the police Service or any attempt to usurp constitutional powers of the service. Let us be guided, guarded and do our best to make the law supreme.” He said.
“You are advised to henceforth forward all legal concerns through Lawyer Chris Ackumey (+233 24 436 5656) at his Chambers, while we focus on the successful organisation of the
upcoming SPECIAL EVENT or PICKETING.” He directed.