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The police in Accra have arrested 26 supporters of the National Democratic Congress who protested at the headquarters of the Electoral Commission on Thursday, December 17, 2020.
The supporters were protesting the results of the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary polls which the EC boss, who is also the returning officer of the presidential election, Mrs Jean Mensah declared President Akufo-Addo retaining the presidency with some 51% of the valid votes.
A Police statement said they were arrested for unlawfully protesting at the Electoral Commission.
Here is the full statement:
POLICE ARREST 26 ELECTORAL COMMISSION PROTESTORS
The Accra Regional Police Command has arrested 26 persons, 15 males and 11 females for unlawfully demonstrating at the Electoral Commission (EC) Headquarters in Accra.
The protestors, in the early hours of Thursday, 17th December, 2020, thronged major streets leading to the Electoral Commission, amidst the burning of car tyres, pelting stones and causing heavy vehicular traffic and congestion.
The Police, however, managed to disperse the crowd using a non-lethal riot control management approach and arrested twenty-six (26) protestors in the process.
All suspects are being taken through due process and provisionally cautioned on the offences of Unlawful Assembly, Holding of Special Event without notification and Obstruction. Those found culpable would be arraigned.
The public is hereby advised to adhere to the tenets of the Public Order Act, 1994 (ACT 491) which requires organisers of special events to duly notify the police ahead of intended demonstrations.
Source: Ghana Waves