21 March 2020 – Parliament passes act providing President with powers of restriction

Type of Intervention: Regulation
Sectors Involved: Executive Office
Intervention Categories: Legal and policy
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: President Akufo-Addo, Parliament

Overview: Imposition of Restrictions Act, 2020 (Act 1012) passed by Parliament and came into force on 21 March 2020 allows the President to execute restrictions in response to the pandemic. The power was derived from the Ghana 1992 Constitution (Article 21)
Full details here: https://acts.ghanajustice.com/actsofparliament/imposition-of-restrictions-act-2020-act-1012/

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – academic, National – government
Evidence/Justification: The object of this Act is to provide for powers to impose restriction on person, to give effect to paragraphs (c), (d) and (e) of clause (4) of article 21 of the Constitution of Ghana in the event or imminence of an emergency, disaster or similar circumstance to ensure public safety, public health and protection.