The founder of the United Front Party (UFP), Nana Agyenim Boateng says that the Electoral Commission (EC) has not been fair in its bid to revoke the registration of 17 political parties over the non-establishment of party offices nationwide.
EC in a statement indicated that 17 parties have not met the requirements of the Political Parties Act 2000.
It, therefore, gave them up to Thursday, October 20, 2022, to show proof of why their registrations should not be cancelled.
However, speaking in an interview on Joy FM’s Top Story on Thursday, Nana Agyenim Boateng stated that the “Electoral Commission is trying to be biased” in this respect.
“..So I see that it is discrimination, they are not being fair at all,” he accused the EC.
According to him, “during EC’s inspection, I have all the 16 regional political party offices and some constituencies.”
“They sent some officers into my office at Kumasi – my head office so what is their worry?” he quizzed.
He claims EC intends to deliberately disqualify him, adding that he is more vibrant compared to the parties the EC has qualified.
“I have over 200 plus not all 274 offices though.”
Meanwhile, the founder and leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Akwasi Addai ‘Odike’ has criticised the Electoral Commission for publishing the report.
According to him, the EC could have formally written to him requesting where his offices are located so he submits the list to them.
“It is unfair to treat us this way..the law in this country doesn’t give EC the mandate to cancel our registration, all they had to do was whip us in line,” he added.
The defaulting political parties are; Democratic People’s Party (DPP), United Front Party (UFP), United Development System Party (UDSP), Every Ghanaian Living Everywhere (EGLE), Yes People’s Party (YPP), United Ghana Movement (UGM), Democratic Freedom Party (DFP),
The rest are: New Vision Party (NVP), Ghana Democratic Republican Party (GDRP), Ghana National Party (GNP), Power Unity Party (PUP), United Progressive Party (UPP), Reform Patriotic Democrats (RPD), People’s Action Party (PAP), United Renaissance Party (URP), National Reform Party (NRP) and United Love Party (ULP)