Effutu MP files suit against EC, two others for violating Civil Service Act

Member of Parliament for Effutu in the Central region, Alexander Afenyo-Markins has brought a case before the Supreme Court asking it to compel the Electoral Commission (EC) to bar two civil servants from contesting constituency elections of the governing NDC.

In the writ, the plaintiff alleged that Paa Nii Lamptey, who works with the Ghana Highways Authority and an administrative officer with the Swedru Senior High School, Ernestina Yawson are contesting for the Chairmanship and Secretary positions respectively.

The MP claimed that the two individuals were violating the Civil Service Act, which forbids civil servants from holding political offices while in office.

According to the MP, the “constitution makes it clear for individuals and workers who cannot be part of partisan politics.”

He also sued the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Ghana Highways Authority.

Responding to what informed his decision to involve the  NDC and the Highways Authority in his application, Mr. Afenyo-Markins stated the institutions acted in clear violation of the Civil Service Act by vetting the two aspirants and subsequently allowing them to participate in the contest.

To him, it meant “they as parties do not see anything wrong with it,” hence the suit.

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