Mr Atik Mohammed, the Executive Secretary to the Mass Action Committee (MAC), has condemned the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Mr Samuel Nartey George, for leading some persons to mass up at a meeting organised by the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana.
The statement called on the lawmaker to desist from such actions and respect the work of the EC.
“The Mass Action Committee has noted with concern, actions of some individuals, including Members of Parliament, that do not only appear to offend the laws of Ghana but also have the tendency to plunge our dear country into unspeakable chaos. It was reported on Saturday, 25 April 2020, that a group of supporters allegedly belonging to the NDC led by one Hon. Sam George, thronged the City Escape Hotel, ostensibly, to disrupt an ongoing meeting by the Electoral Commission.
“The said meeting, we understand, was one of the routine meetings the Commission holds prior to major events on their calendar. To this end, the Commission felt no need to request the presence of security officials. In conducting this meeting also, the Commission, we are told, was mindful of the safety protocols as were announced by the President and, therefore, same were observed during the meeting.
“However, unbeknownst to the Commission, a group of people led by the MP for Ningo Prampram and the NDC’s parliamentary candidate for the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency, exploited the absence of security personnel to mass up at the venue, issuing all kinds of threats and demanding that the Commission halt the meeting. We find these actions repugnant and should not be allowed to go unanswered.
“It is the view of MAC that the mob’s presence at the meeting venue and their ensuing actions posed a danger to the safety of the EC officials. We further contend that these actions could have degenerated into chaos but for the timely arrival of the police and national security officials. To the extent that these actions violate our laws, we demand that the police administration arrest and prosecute the perpetrators.
“In making this demand, we are minded by the fact that Ghana is ruled by law and not men. To this end, we will be petitioning the Inspector-General of Police to cause an investigation to be conducted into the matter and those found culpable dealt with according to law.
“We like to also suggest that the Electoral Commission engage the security agencies for adequate provision of security during their meetings and activities, be they routine or otherwise.
“Meanwhile, we observe that the involvement of Mr Sam George in matters that, unfortunately, eventually, degenerate into electoral conflict, is becoming trendy. We like to admonish him as a Member of Parliament, to rethink his approaches to issues of electoral concern while drawing the attention of our security agencies to this fact.
“Our democracy was fought for and consolidated through the blood and toil of many patriots and we dare not invest that. In this regard, we call on all Ghanaians to disavow and shame any person or group of persons as they have always done, whose actions for whatever motive(s) seek to derail our democratic efforts and cause a relapse.”