Akufo-Addo lifts ban on political activities but no rallies can be held

President Akufo-Addo has given political parties the green light to continue with their political activities in the country.

In his 10th address to the nation on measures put in place to cut the spread of Covid-19, he said political parties can conduct their activities, however, he insists political rallies must be exempted.

Political activities were among an outline of restrictions imposed on the country as part of measures to control the Covid-19 pandemic.

The President insisted that gatherings of not more than 25 persons must not hold, “including conferences, workshops, political activities,” among others, as part of measures to cut the spread of the coronavirus but has now paved way for political parties to conduct their activities.

“Political activities, except rallies, can now take place, but with limited numbers not exceeding 100 persons present, with the appropriate social distancing and hygiene protocols,” he said.

He, however, added that Constitutional and Statutory bodies such as the Electoral Commission (EC), the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and the National Identification Authority (NIA), “whose activities were exempted from the outset from these restrictions, must conduct their activities in accordance with social distancing and the necessary hygiene and safety protocols.”

The President also assured that authorities in charge will see to the strict adherence of the new directives, while the remaining restrictions hold until the end of June.

“I have, by Executive Instrument, provided for these new directions, and extended the suspension of the remaining public gatherings, as set out in E.I. 64 of 15th March, until 31st July.

“In here, I refer to the suspension of sporting events, nightclubs, cinemas, drinking spots, bars, beaches, festivals, funerals, political rallies, and large religious gatherings such as crusades, pilgrimages and conventions.

“Whilst we step up public education of the protocols on public gatherings, let me also state that regulatory agencies will undertake random checks to ensure conformity with these rules, and the security services will be tasked to enforce them.

“Should any institution fail to adhere to these directives, its activity will be immediately prohibited, and relevant sanctions applied,” he added.

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