Independent parliamentary candidate Aspirant for Assin-South constituency, Mr Joseph Kofi Damte has been arraigned before a Cape Coast Circuit Court
Kofi Damte was arrested for allegedly flouting the COVID-19 protocols. He organized a campaign rally with no recourse to social distancing protocols or the wearing of face masks.
According to Citi News, the said aspirant has been charged for flouting the Public Order Act. DSP Irene Oppong who spoke to Citi News disclosed that the police are working closely with informants to arrest other people who were with the aspirant at the rally.
DSP Irene Oppong said, “Currently, the suspect has been sent to Cape Coast Circuit court 1. It is only the court that can decide that he could be granted bail or he is remanded. But we have charged him in accordance with the Public Order Act because what he did constitutes a breach. He should have notified the police within five days which he didn’t do. Again he did not comply with the E.I 164 and the mandatory wearing of face mask directive.”
“The Central Regional Police Command on Thursday, July 9, 2020, arrested Mr. Joseph Kofi Damte, an independent aspiring Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin South Constituency for organizing a political campaign rally without notifying police and failing to wear a face-covering as well as observe the social distancing during the said rally, contrary to provisions of the Public Order, Criminal and other offences as well as Imposition of Restrictions Laws,” the Central Regional police said in an earlier statement.
The Central Regional Criminal Investigation Department has taken over the matter for further investigations.
Meanwhile the member of parliament for the constituency Rev. Ntim Fordjour has condemned the activities of the aspirant labelling him as selfish. The MP expressed concern over the the health of his constituents who attended the rally in question.