CIVIL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT STAFF ASSOCIATION OF GHANA (CLOSSAG)
V.
THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL, THE OFFICE OF THE HEAD OF CIVIL SERVICE AND THE OFFICE OF THE HEAD OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICE.

(2017) JELR 65399 (SC)    
Supreme Court  ·  CIVIL APPEAL NO. J1/16/2016 ·  14 Jun 2017 ·  Ghana
CORAM
AKUFFO (MS) JSC PRESIDING, ADINYIRA (MRS) JSC, YEBOAH JSC, BAFFOE-BONNIE JSC, AKOTO-BAMFO (MRS) JSC, BENIN JSC
Core Terms Beta
article
local government service
member of the civil service
political party
proper interpretation of article
civil servant
political activities
public interest
rights
civil servants
member of a district assembly
local government
freedoms of others
fundamental human rights
local government services
political activity
such qualifications
civil
local government servants
freedoms of the individual
staff of the local government service
activities of civil servants
civil proceedings
civil service positions
constitution of ghana
development of the country
favour of any political person
government of the day
government plans
head of civil service
jurisdiction of this court
local government staff association of ghana
member of an assembly
members of the plaintiff association
necessary parties
permanence of the local government service
persons’ subject
plaintiff's case
political controversy
political rallies
prestea-huni valley district assembly
provisions of the civil service code of conduct
public service institution
registered member of a political party
staff members
staff of local government service
ticket of the national democratic congress
virtue of the traditional role of the civil service

AKUFFO (MS), JSC:-

Brief Facts

The Plaintiff is the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) which is a registered Trade Union and mouthpiece of workers in the Civil and Local Government Services. The Attorney General is the Principal legal advisor to the Government and the pro-forma Defendant for all civil proceedings instituted against the State. The second and third Defendants are the bodies regulating the activities of Civil Servants and Local Government Servants respectively and are not necessary parties in this matter since their interest in this matter is not in conflict with that of the Attorney General.

By a letter dated 19th October, 2015, from the Head of Civil Service and addressed to “All Chief Directors” and “All Heads of Departments”, the addressees were requested to remind ‘all staff members’ that persons holding civil service positions are barred from participating in political activities including the following:

a) Attending political rallies

b) Wea…

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