The Minority in Parliament has threatened to seek legal action after the Imposition of Restriction Bill was approved under a certificate of urgency.
The NDC MPs in a heated debate on the floor of Parliament argued that the Bill gives the president access to unlimited power that could be abused, hence, the reason they kicked against the request by government to approve the Bill under a certificate of urgency since there are clauses to be amended.
Speaking on the floor of Parliament, the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu said they will challenge the decision at the Supreme Court because there were not enough members in the House to give the green light.
According to the Minority Leader, half of the Members of Parliament were not present when the Bill was approved.
“We are going to insist on the recording and we will challenge this matter in court. We will go to the Supreme Court on Article 104 that at the time this matter was voted on Parliament did not have at least half of the members present. I am requesting for a video recording and the headcount and we will insist on it. We will jealously safeguard our human rights and freedom,” he said.
But the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu, accused the Minority of deliberately exiting the chamber.
He explained that the Bill got approved under urgency because of measures put in place by the government to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
About the Restrictions Bill
This Bill acknowledges the general fundamental freedoms guaranteed under article 21 of the Constitution but also takes into account the fact that the fundamental freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution are subject to laws that are supposed to be in the interest of public safety and public health as provided in paragraphs (c), (d) and (e) of clause (4) of Article 21 of the constitution.
Its purpose is to provide powers to impose restrictions on persons in the event of a disaster, emergency or similar circumstance, to ensure public safety and protection.
It also allows for the imposition of restrictions on the freedom of entry into Ghana or movement in Ghana of a person who is not a citizen of Ghana.