iPad and Accreditation of Ghana Decides Team Member Seized at Supreme Court

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Ghana Decides Desk Report. [Last updated Tuesday 22 January 2013. 3.10PM]

We are receiving reports from the Supreme Court indicating that Ghana Decides Team Member, Mawuli Tsikata, has had his iPad and accreditation seized by people suspected to be from the National Security and Ghana Police.

Mr. Tsikata is Ghana Decides accredited member to the Supreme Court, and he has been covering the challenge of the 7 and 8 December electoral results by the New Patriotic Party (NPP). He was at the court premises this morning to cover the verdict of the Supreme Court on the application by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to join the suit.

The suspected National Security and Ghana Police officers had seized the iPad because Mr. Tsikata had taken a photograph within the premises. His accreditation card was returned to him without his iPad. There is no law prohibiting the taking of photographs at the Supreme Court of Ghana and Ghana Decides cannot ascertain why Mr. Tsikata’s device was seized or was not returned.

An hour ago, Mr. Tsikata tweeted:

“that moment when National Security operatives and the police choose to behave like thugs sent on a useless mission. #ElectionPetition”

An hour earlier, Joy FM journalist and blogger, Anny Osabutey had tweeted:

“Mawuli Tsikata of GhanadDecides’ [sic] Ipad seized by security officers 4 allegedly taking p in the court premises. #ElectionPetition”

Meanwhile, reports coming from the Supreme Court suggest a heavy police and security presence.

We can report that Justice Vida Akoto Bamfo, one of nine Justices on the NDC Joinder application has just ruled in favour of the NDC. Eight more Justices are expected to make a decision soon.

The Supreme Court of Ghana just granted the NDC Joinder application a ‘go’ by a 6 to 3 majority decision. Justices Julius Ansah, Bafooe Bonnie and Anin Yeboah voted against the NDC Joinder motion.

UPDATE:

****Ghana Decides Team Member, Mawuli Tsikata, received his iPad a few moments ago. The security officials apologised for the incidence.****

Tweet from Mawuli Tsikata

Tweet from Mawuli Tsikata

 

 

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