Civil servants have been given the nod to take part in active political activities
Workers of the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) have been cleared by the Supreme Court to engage in partisan politics.
The clearance follows a ruling by a seven member panel of justices of the Supreme Court indicating that workers of the two organizations do not belong to in category of Civil Servant barred from engaging in partisan politics by the constitution.
The court ruling follows a suit brought before the court by member of parliament for the Effutu constituency Alex Afenyo Markin asking it to compel the Electoral Commission (EC) to bar two civil servants from contesting constituency elections of the governing NDC.
In his writ, he alleged that Paa Nii Lamptey, who works with the Ghana Highways Authority and an administrative officer with the Swedru Senior High School, Ernestina Yawson were contesting for the Chairmanship and Secretary positions.
According to the MP, the “constitution makes it clear that individuals and workers who belong to such institutions cannot be part of partisan politic and that the two individuals were violating the Civil Service Act, which forbids civil servants from holding political offices while in office.