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The latest update reveals that, Madam Jean Mensa, after may months of silence, has finally spoken again.
In her latest comment, the Electoral Commission (EC) Chair has stated that, "the EC will not hesitate to sanction political parties, which fail to meet regulatory requirements, including being operational in two-thirds of the country".
According to Madam Jean Mensa, "The sanctions will include revoking the license and expunging the names of non-compliant political parties from the EC’s records".
The EC Chair made these comments during a visit to the national office of the Conventions People Party (CPP).
Speaking to Madam Akosua Frimpomaa Sarpong Kumankumah, the Chairperson of CPP, and other CPP party officials, Jean Mensa explained that, "the inspection exercise is not witch-hunting", as may be perceive by some people, "but in line with the Electoral Commission's mandate". She added that, sanctions will include revoking the licenses, and expunging the names of non-compliant political parties from the EC’s records.
According to her, "... there are about 20 political parties registered, and 12 more applications pending, Indeed, the EC recognizes, that Ghana is a growing democracy with other challenges. However, there were many political parties, that had no presence at all, others were having challenges. The Commission will make a decision on the outcome of this exercise”.
Responding the the EC's comment, Madam Kumankumah commended the EC, for embarking on the inspection exercise to ensure sanity; and that, "the CPP had offices nationwide, however, some of the leases for the offices had expired, and the party is taking steps for renewals".
The Electoral Commission Chair and her delegation; (which included Dr. Bossman Eric Asare, the Deputy Chair in Charge of Corporate Services, and Mr. Samuel Tettey, Deputy Chairman in Charge of Operations, and other staff), embarked on the political parties offices inspection, in pursuant to the provisions of the Political Parties Act, 2000( Act 574).
According to the Act, the Electoral Commission is mandated to undertake an inspection of offices of all the registered Political Parties, at the National, Regional, and District levels in the country.
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