The Electoral Commission has revoked the licenses of 17 political parties as part of its efforts to clean the system of non-functioning political parties. Dr Serebour Quarcoo, Director of Elections at the Commission revealed this during the Tonight Show with TV3’s Alfred Ocansey on Monday night, November 14.
With the 17 parties gone, there are now 11 officially registered political parties, though new ones have submitted applications to be licensed as political parties in the country.
Parties affected by the EC’s decision include the Democratic People’s Party (DPP) which got just 867 votes in the 2016 elections and Akwasi Addae Odike and Nana Agyenim Boateng’s United Front Party (UFP) as well as United Development System Party (UDSP) which was led by Tetteh Kabraham Early in 2012 when it was formed.
Every Ghanaian Living Everywhere (EGLE) which was founded by Owuraku Amofah and formed an alliance with the NDC in the 1992 elections has not contested elections since 2004, Dansoman-headquartered Yes People’s Party (YPP) also founded in 2012 and NPP’s Charles Wereko-Brobby’s United Ghana Movement (UGM) has also been disbanded.
The rest of the parties are the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), 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).
A statement signed by the EC Chairperson Jean Adukwei Mensa said, “Pursuant to the publication by the Electoral Commission dated 13th & 17th October 2022, the General Public is hereby informed that the Registration Certificates of the under-listed Political Parties have been cancelled in accordance with Section 15 (3) (c) of the Political Parties Law, 2000 (Act 574) effective the 1st day of November 2022″.