The Electoral Commission (EC) has dismissed media reports that it has registered Hassan Ayariga’s All People’s Congress (APC) to operate as a political party.
The Commission says it has not registered any new political party this year, discounting media reports about the purported registration.
In a statement released yesterday, the EC said “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.”
The statement further indicated that people who apply for registration of their political parties have to meet certain requirements under the Political Parties Act 2000 (Act 574).
“Until these requirements have been met and a party has been issued with a final registration certificate, the party seeking registration cannot conduct its activities as a political party,” the statement, signed by Christian Owusu-Parry, Acting Director, Public Affairs, indicated.
The EC has reminded uncertified clients that they cannot canvas for votes until their proposed political parties have been issued with a final registration certificate per the Political Parties Act 2000 (Act 574).
Hassan Ayariga’s APC may not be able to contest in the November 7 elections until he meets all requirements for a final certificate, implying that he cannot operate with a provisional certificate he was craving to pick by Friday.
His new party – the All People’s Congress – shares both logo and name with President Muhammadu Buhari’s APC in Nigeria, which is a conglomeration of other political parties.
Ayariga, presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC) in 2012, was floored by veteran leader and founder of the party, Dr Edward Mahama, at its (party’s) congress in Wa, the Upper West Region, in December last year.
Apparently peeved by his defeat, he reportedly decided to dump the party and form his own.
Ayariga is described as the ‘Supreme Leader’ of the yet-to-be-registered party.
A DAILY GUIDE Report