A 329-page book containing new electoral laws was launched by the Electoral Commission (EC) in Accra yesterday. The new laws which replace the old ones will govern all electoral affairs of the country.
The new laws cover local government elections, registration, presidential/parliamentary elections, elections for other organisations, establishment of the electoral commission, and political parties.
Dr Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, Chairman of the Electoral Commission, who launched the book, said it contains all the laws related to elections in the country.
He said the new laws were necessary to boost confidence in the electoral process and enhance its integrity, explaining that ‘This is an improvement on the previous one.’
Dr Afari-Gyan urged politicians to read and get themselves abreast with the laws.
‘Before you take us to court, read the book carefully. All the political parties must get some for their officers and representatives,’ he said.
Dr Afari-Gyan expressed the Commission’s appreciation to the European Union Delegation to Ghana for providing financial support in printing this second edition of the Electoral Laws.
Political parties’ representatives present at the launch commended the EC for the new laws, pledging to get copies for their members to read.
Mr O.B. Amoah, New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Akuapim South, charged the Commission to get copies for their officers to read so they will get conversant with the new laws.
This, he said, was to ensure that no violence or misunderstanding will erupt over the new laws during elections.
Mr Amoah promised that the NPP will get copies of the book for all party executives and agents.
By Cephas Larbi
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