Edmund Delle, the chairman of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) has described the decision of the Electoral Commission to withdraw certificates of political parties who have no district offices by the end of May as unfortunate.
He bared his teeth at smaller parties like Akua Donkor’s Ghana Freedom Party, Hassan Ayariga’s All People's Congress(APC), and the CPP among others who unlike the ruling NDC and the main opposition party, NPP are not adequately resourced to set up district offices across Ghana.
Delle disclosed his disappointment at a stakeholders meeting in Accra on Wednesday where he said: “They have indicated to us that parties without offices in the districts, they are going to take a very serious look at it. And so this is a threat and I am surprised that some of the smaller parties too were emphatic that this law should be enforced. And if it is enforced, maybe within the next fourteen days, some of us won’t be here.”
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He called on the parties who stood to be affected to come together as a group and protest against the decision, saying, “this is one of the important things to tackle now and act as a group. Otherwise, these days somebody goes to court and the court passes a law and we are finished”.
According to the EC laws governing the registration of political parties in Ghana, all parties must have district offices in order to reflect their regional representation and balance.