GES, GHA staff can take political positions – Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has ruled that public servants at the Ghana Education Service and the Ghana Highway Authority can run for any political office.

The seven-member panel said staff of these institutions are not civil servants who are barred from holding political positions.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP for Effutu Alexander Afenyo-Markin filed a motion at the Supreme Court challenging the decision of two staff of the GES and the Ghana Highway Authority to contest positions in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Effutu Constituency.

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 on Wednesday.