The Electoral Commission (EC) says it has not registered any new political parties this year, contrary to claims by leaders of some newly formed parties.
The Commission said in a release Wednesday that “persons who apply for registration of political parties have several requirements which must be met under the Political Parties Act 2000 (Act 574). Until these requirements have been met and a party has been issued with a final registration certificate, the party seeking registration cannot conduct its activities as a political party.”
This means that former People’s National Convention (PNC) leader, Hassan Ayariga, would have to wait for a licence from the EC before campaigning on the ticket of his newly formed All Peoples Party (APC) ahead of elections in November.
Mr Ayiriga is hopeful of getting the licence this week.
Below is the full statement from the EC.
EGISTRATION OF POLITICAL PARTIES
The Electoral Commission wishes to inform the general public that, contrary to reports in the media, the Commission has not registered any political parties this year.
The Commission further wishes to clarify that persons who apply for registration of political parties have several requirements which must be met under the Political Parties Act 2000 (Act 574). Until these requirements have been met and a party has been issued with a final registration certificate, the party seeking registration cannot conduct its activities as a political party.
The Commission is accordingly advising and reminding applicants that it is against the provisions of Act 574 to canvass for votes until the party has been issued with a final registration certificate.
We trust that political actors and the general public will be guided accordingly.
Signed: C. Owusu-Parry, Ag. Director, public affairs for: the Electoral Commission
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