The Electoral Commission of Ghana has removed 17 political parties from the country’s electoral list. During May and June 2022, the EC inspected all registered political parties in Ghana.
Following the exercise, the EC used Section 15(3)(c) of Act 574 to cancel the registration of political parties that did not have national or regional offices.
Political party registration certificates have been revoked in accordance with Section 15(3)(c) of the Political Parties Law, 2000 (Act 574), effective November 1, 2022.
Some affected parties challenged the revocation.
The United Progressive Party’s leader, Akwasi Addai Odike, has previously accused the Electoral Commission of ignoring minor parties.
“[The Chair of the Electoral Commission] does not respect me.” On Eyewitness News, Mr. Odike complained that his wife never allows him to meet her.
“They were given all of the information, so I’m not sure why she claims they can’t find our offices.”
“NDC and NPP frequently fail to submit audited reports, and it takes the EC months to persuade them to do so.” Odike stated that this is typical of political parties.
Professor Ransford Gyampo of the University of Ghana urged all stakeholders to assist the Electoral Commission in carrying out its regulatory duties.
“Democracy is costly, therefore if you have political parties worth their salt and they meet all the qualifications, then they should all be on the ballot if we have the means.”
Below are the affected political parties;
- Democratic People’s Party (DPP)
- United Front Party (UFP)
- United Development System (UDSP)
- Every Ghanaian Living Everywhere
- Yes People’s Party (YPP)
- United Ghana Movement (UGM)
- Democratic Freedom Party (DFP)
- New Vision Party (NVP)
- Ghana Democratic-Republican Party (GDRP)
- Ghana National Party (GNP)
- Power Unity Party (PUP)
- United Progressive Party (UPP)
- Reform Patriotic Democrats (RPD)
- People’s Action Party (PAP)
- United Renaissance Party (URP)
- National Reform Party (NRP)
- United Love Party (ULP)