The Electoral Commission (EC) has denied granting permission for any new political to start operating this year.
A release from the commission, signed by acting Director of Public Affairs, Christian Owusu-Parry and copied to Adomonline.com said that the commission has not registered any political party this year.
“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…,” portions of the release read.
The release is said to be in reference to media reports that the former Presidential Candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC), Hassan Ayariga has formed a new party, All People’s Congress (APC).
The report continued that the EC set to issue Mr. Ayariga with a temporal license as they proceed to verify the credibility of the proposed party.
But the EC said it is yet to register any political party this year.
“The commission further wishes to clarify that the 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 had been issued with a final registration certificate, the party seeking registration cannot conduct its activities as a political party,” the statement continued.
The EC statement further advised and reminded 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’.