The Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana has debunked claims that it will be issuing licenses to the former presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC) Hassan Ayariga’s All People’s Congress (APC) and other emerging political parties in the country.
Ayariga defected from the PNC over a month ago when he lost the contest to Dr. Edward Mahama in the party’s primaries held recently.
Read the press statement from the EC:
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