Twenty-six members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) who took part in Thursday’s demonstration to protect against the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana but were arrested by the Police have been granted bail by the Adjabeng District Court in Accra.
They were granted bail in the sum of GH₵10,000.00 with one surety each, having been charged with failure to notify the police and unlawful assembly.
All the 26 pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Human rights lawyer, Francis Xavier Sosu, who was the lead counsel for the accused, prayed to the court to admit his clients to bail, a request which was duly granted by the Court.
The 26 were arrested by the police for unlawfully demonstrating at the Headquarters of the Electoral Commission on Thursday, December 17, 2020.
They together with some others numbering in hundreds had massed up on the street of the EC to protest against the Presidential election results declared in favour of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Their protest was to compel the Commissioner of the election management body, Jean Mensa, to declare the results of the Presidential poll in favour of their candidate, John Dramani Mahama.
To them, the 2020 general elections were rigged in favour of the governing NPP.
The protestors however, did not things easy as they came face-to-face with a joint military and police personnel who dispersed them with water cannons.
They clashed with the Police who managed to disperse the crowd using rubber bullets and water cannons while arresting some to face the law.
Among the arrested but currently on bail were fifteen males and eleven females. The case has been adjourned to January 25, 2021.