The Electoral Commission (EC) has terminated the registration certificates of 17 political parties for failing to establish national and regional offices across the country.
It explained that the parties had failed to establish national and regional offices in the country after giving them up to October 20, 2022 to show proof of why their registration should not be cancelled.
The parties include the United Progressive Party (UPP) led by Akwasi Addae, popularly known as Odike, the United Front Party (UFP), the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), the National Reform Party (NRP), and the Reform Patriotic Democrats (RPD).
The others are the Democratic People’s Party (DPP), United Development System Party (UDSP), Every Ghanaian Living Everywhere (EGLE), Yes People’s Party (YPP), United Ghana Movement (UGM), New Vision Party (NVP), Ghana Democratic Republican Party (GDRP) and the Ghana National Party (GNP).
The rest are the Power Unity Party (PUP), People’s Action Party (PAP), United Renaissance Party (URP) and the United Love Party (ULP).
In a statement signed and issued by the EC, said its action was in accordance with Section 15 (3) (c) of the Political Parties Act 574 however, it gave them up to October 20, 2022 to show proof of why their registrations should not be cancelled.
It said the constitutionally mandated electoral body undertook a nationwide exercise to inspect the offices of all registered political parties from May 16 to June 9, 2022 and following the nationwide inspection, it came to light that those political parties had no offices at the national and regional levels.
The statement said prior to the termination, the Commission on October 13 and 17 cautioned the political parties and asked them to fulfill the requirements of the Political Parties Act 2000, by submitting to the EC, their national and regional offices across the country.