Volta for Change Pro-NPP group questions Police's decision to halt their march

The Volta Regional Police Command on Saturday halted the group's march despite they meeting the requirements of the Public Order Act.

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The leadership of pro New Patriotic Party (NPP) group, ‘Volta For Change’ has expressed disappointment in the Volta Regional Police Command for halting their peaceful march in the Ho Municipality.

A statement signed by the President of the group, Eyram Doe advised the Ghana Police Service to be “professional in their duties” and also “uphold and respect,  without ill or favour, the fundamental and constitutional rights of all citizens to embark on such marches.”

The Regional Police Command on Saturday halted the group's march despite they meeting the requirements of the Public Order Act.

According to the group, the action taken by the Police was “shocking” because they had duly notified them of their intention to embark on the march.

Below is the full statement from Volta For Change

 

WE ARE SADLY DISAPPOINTED IN VOLTA REGIONAL POLICE

After several meetings, discussions and agreements on a march, routes of the march and conduct of the organisers with the Volta Regional Police, even as recent as just last night, we were shocked by the sudden U-turn of the police to halt a peaceful march for change.

The Ghana Police Service, in their usual 'Order From Above' nonsense, sought to halt, intimidate and aggressively threaten us in an attempt to block a peaceful health March, details of which had extensively been discussed and agreed upon with them.

The Public Order Act allows us as citizens to express our disaffections and put across our views through demonstrations, peaceful assembly, etc. of which by legal requirements, we notified the police long ago.

We are therefore still in a state of utter surprise as to why the Ghana Police will, on the morning of the march, come in to disperse the peaceful and lawful gathering with no sensible reason, under the flimsy refrain of 'Order From Above'.

We are calling on the Ghana Police Service to be professional in their duties and protect all citizens with respect, no matter the backgrounds of the persons involved. We also urge them to uphold and respect,  without ill or favour, the fundamental and constitutional rights of all citizens to embark on such marches. 

Finally, kudos and bravo to all members of Volta For Change, as well as all Voltarians, for the courage and commitment shown towards ensuring the success of this March.

Mi Dezɔ Na Tɔtrɔ

...Signed...

Eyram Doe

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