EC warns noncompliant political parties

The Electoral Commission of Ghana has reiterated its desire to mete out sanctions to political parties which fail to comply with the provisions of the political parties’ law.

“Some 24 years into the Fourth Republic and the implementation of the laws, we think that the time has come for them to be compliant and that is why the Commission has indicated or sounded the warning note that if they fail to comply, sanctions may follow.”

The warning was sounded by the Director of Public Affairs of the Commission, Christian Owusu-Parry, in an interview with TV3’s Jonathan Adams last Friday.

The country currently has 24 registered political parties with the latest being Hassan Ayariga’s All People’s Congress (APC).

But Mr Owusu-Parry maintains that if the laws surrounding the formation of political parties are strictly enforced, only one or two will be left.

“If we had to do a strict enforcement of the provisions of the political parties’ law right from the onset, we are going to have a situation where we will be left with one or two political parties and limiting the choices of the polls.”

Last year, the EC wrote to political parties, warning of withdrawing licenses of those with less number of required offices across the country.


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