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Lawless: Civil Servant Contests NPP Race, Refuses To Resign As D.F.O

Information reaching abusuafmonline.com indicates a District Finance Officer with the Asutifi North District Assembly is seriously contesting for the position of Brong Ahafo Regional First Vice Chairman for the ruling New Patriotic Party.

According to inside sources within the assembly, Patrick Peprah Appiagyei has not resigned from office as the District Finance Officer in line with the Civil Service Code, an act his colleagues describe as gross violation of the 1992 constitution of Ghana.

Some of his colleagues that spoke to Muftaw Mohammed on condition of strict anonymity say Peprah Appiagyei has refused several calls on him to resign from his District Assembly job since the laws do not permit him to double the two up.

The 1992 Constitution provides that a civil servant may not accept any office, paid or unpaid, permanent or temporary, in any political organisation as well as declare himself or herself openly as a registered member of a political party or association.

The Constitution further provides that it was wrong for a civil servant to publicly indicate his support for any political party, candidate or policy, make speeches or join in demonstrations in favour of any political party, among others.

Meanwhile several attempts to the Patrick Peprah Appiagyei seeking his response have proved futile as he has not responded to our calls and messages to that effect.

NDC Reacts

Speaking to this website in an interview, former Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Joseph Yammin argued, “the New Patriotic Party has no regard for the rule of law and constitution of the republic.”

According to Yammin, the NPP and its operatives have always touted themselves as apostles of the rule of law yet have no regard for the national constitution.

Yammin says, “we the NDC feel vindicated..we have always been saying that the NPP do not have respect for the laws of this country even though they claim to have the best lawyers in the country.”

“It is simple knowledge that no civil servant can engage in partisan politics unless he or she resigns, and we have a civil servant…a whole district finance office actively campaigning to become the vice chairman of the party without resigning,” he added.

Yammin asked, “will the NPP have kept mute if this civil servant belonged to the great NDC family or any other political party.”

Supreme Court Ruling

The Supreme Court in July 2015 cleared workers of the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) to engage in partisan politics.

According to the ruling by the seven-member panel of Judges, workers of the two organizations do not belong in the category of persons barred from engaging in partisan politics by the 1992 constitution.

The ruling followed a suit brought before the apex court by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo-Markin challenging eligibility of the chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Effutu Constituency and others who work with Ghana Highway Authority and the GES.

In the writ, Afenyo Markin alleged that Paa Nii Lamptey, who works with the Ghana Highways Authority and an administrative officer with the Swedru Senior High School, Ernestina Yawson were contesting for the Chairmanship and Secretary positions respectively in the NDC and should not be allowed to actively participate in the exercise.

This, the plaintiff said was an act which was a violation  of the Civil Service Act, which forbids civil servants from holding political offices while in office.

The court however ruled against it.

The 1992 Constitution provides that a civil servant may not accept any office, paid or unpaid, permanent or temporary, in any political organisation as well as declare himself or herself openly as a registered member of a political party or association.

The Constitution further provides that it was wrong for a civil servant to publicly indicate his support for any political party, candidate or policy, make speeches or join in demonstrations in favour of any political party, among others.

Source: www.abusuafmonline.com/Ghana

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