On December 7, 2020, Ghanaians would go to the polls to elect a new president as well as parliamentarians.
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Various political parties have outdoored their candidates for the elections.
The two leading political parties in Ghana, New Patriotic Party(NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) have already released their manifestoes.
However, they are not the only ones eligible to stand for public offices; Ghana is one of 40 nations with a multi-party political system which makes democracy more effective.
YEN.com.gh brings to you the official list of political parties regulated and recognized by the Electoral Commission of Ghana, some of which you may never have known about.
1. All People’s Congress (APC)
The All People’s Congress is a political party in Ghana which was formed following a breakup of the People’s National Convention. Its founder is Hassan Ayariga
2. Convention People’s Party (CPP)
The CPP was formed in June 1949 after Nkrumah broke away from the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC).
CPP followers supported Nkrumah’s ideas and massively voted for him massive for the power of self-governance.
3. Democratic Freedom Party (DFP)
It was formed in 2006 but merged with the National Democratic Congress in 2011. It came in fourth place in the Ghanaian general election of 2008 with 0.33% of the total vote.
4. Democratic People’s Party (DPP)
The Democratic People’s Party was formed in 1992 after the ban on political party activity was lifted by the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) government of Ghana.
5. Eagle Party (EP)
6. Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP)
It was founded in 1992. The party was part of the Grand Coalition, which won 4 out of 230 seats. Edward Mahama, the candidate of the Grand Coalition, won 1.9% of the vote in the presidential elections in December 2004.
7. Ghana Democratic Republican Party (GDRP)
It was founded in 1992. Its current leader is Kofi Amoah. It holds no seats in parliament at present.
8. Ghana National Party (GNP)
It was founded in 2007 by Kwaku A. Danso and launched in May 2008. It contested the December 2008 elections but did not win any parliamentary seats. Its current leader is Kobina Amo-Aidoo.
9. Ghana Freedom Party (GFP)
It was founded by Akua Donkor, a farmer. She was disqualified by the Electoral Commission of Ghana from contesting the Ghanaian presidential election in 2012 and 2016.
10. Ghana Union Movement (GUM)
It was founded by the leader of the Life Assembly Worship Centre, Rev. Christian Kwabena Andrews (Osofo Kyiriabossom).
The party, though new in Ghana’s political front, it has received massive endorsement across the length and breadth of the country.
11. Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG)
The party was founded by Kofi Akpaloo, who is currently its flagbearer with respect to the 2020 elections.
12. National Democratic Congress (NDC)
This party happens to be one of the major political parties in the country. It was formed in 1992, by Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings. Its flagbearer for the 2020 elections is John Dramani Mahama.
13. National Democratic Party (NDP)
It was founded in October 2012 as a split from the ruling National Democratic Congress. Its first leader was the former NDC politician Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, who is the wife of former President of Ghana and NDC founder, Jerry John Rawlings.
14. New Patriotic Party (NPP)
The New Patriotic Party was founded in 1992. It is one of the major political parties in Ghana politics. The party’s arch rival is the NDC and its flagbearer is the current president, Nana Akufo-Addo.
15.National Reform Party (NRP)
16. New Vision Party (NVP)
The NVP was formed in 2008 by Prophet Daniel Nkansah of the New Vision Pentecostal Church. Daniel Nkansah was nominated as the party’s candidate for the Ghanaian presidential election in 2008.
17. People’s National Convention (PNC)
18.Progressive People’s Party (PPP)
19. People’s Action Party (PAP)
20.People’s Destiny Party (PDP)
21. Reformed Patriotic Democrats (RPD)
The Reformed Patriotic Democrats (RPD) is a political party founded in 2004 and certified in 2008.
22. United Ghana Movement (UGM)
It was founded by Charles Wereko-Brobbey, formerly a leading member of the New Patriotic Party, in 1997.
23. United Development System Party (UDSP)
24. United Renaissance Party (URP)
25. United Front Party (UFP)
The United Front Party is a recently formed Ghanaian political party.
The party’s founder is Dr. Nana Agyenim Boateng.
He has been reported as saying the party was founded as an alternative to Ghana’s two main political parties, the New Patriotic Party and the National Democratic Congress.
26. United Democratic Party (UDP)
27. United Progressive Party (UPP)
28. Yes People’s Party (YPP)
29. Power Unity Party (PUP)
In other news, the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) has announced that presidential aspirants for the 2020 general elections are to pay an amount of GHC100,000.00 to file their nominations.
Parliamentary candidates on the other hand are also expected to pay 10 percent of that of the presidential candidates; the amount translates into GHc10,000.
The Electoral Commission, in a press briefing, stated that candidates would be allowed to file their nominations, starting Monday, October 5 to Friday, October 9, 2020.
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