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Organisation : Electoral Commission Of Ghana
Facility : Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Country : Ghana
Frequently Asked Questions :
How Do I Become A Registered Voter ?
The Commission shall by notice published in the Gazette invite every person who is entitled to be registered as a voter to apply, during a period specified in the notice, to the registration officer for the registration of his name in the divisional register of the electoral area in which he ordinarily resides.
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Can I Ask Some To Register On My Behalf ?
The applicant should appear in person before the registration officer at the registration centre at the time specified by notice in the Gazette by the Commission.
Can anyone challenge the eligibility of an applicant ?
A person appointed to register voters, a person authorized by the Commission to monitor the registration of voters or any person qualified to be registered as a voter may challenge a person applying to be registered as a voter on the ground that the applicant does not satisfy the requirements provided in regulation 1 of this Instrument
I have a complaint, what should I do?
** Without prejudice to any provision in this Instrument any person qualified to be registered as a voter may make a complaint in the prescribed form concerning the registration process to a registration officer or any of the officials specified in regulation 9 of this Instrument.
** An official to whom a complaint is initially made or to whom the complaint is subsequently referred shall make a record of the complaint and either – resolve the matter to the satisfaction of the complainant; or refer the matter to the next higher officer of the Commission for further action
I have lost my Voter ID Card, what should I do?
Any person who loses his voter I.D. card will within 7 days of becoming aware of the loss report the loss in person to the district officer of the Commission or to a police officer in charge of the nearest police station who will in turn report the loss to the district officer of the Commission within 7 days of the receipt of the report.
Where Do I Vote ?
** Currently there are twenty-eight thousand, nine hundred and ninety two (28,992) Polling stations in the country.
** The polling stations are the places where voters go to vote on election day. Voters are assigned to these polling stations permanently.
** This has resulted from the principle that “where you register is where you vote” Polling stations are designed to fit into the Units
Can Anyone Vote ?
Every Citizen of Ghana eighteen years of age or above and of sound mind has the right to vote and is entitled to be registered as a voter for the purposes of public elections and referenda.
Can anyone form a political party ?
** Political Parties may be founded to further purposes which are not contrary to the constitution and the laws of the Republic.
** Subject to the constitution and this Act, every citizen of voting age has the right to form or join a political party.
What about religious or ethnic parties?
** No political party shall be formed on ethnic, gender, religious, regional, professional or other sectional divisions, or which uses words, slogans or symbols which could arouse ethnic, gender, regional, professional or other sectional divisions.
** A political party is formed on ethnic, gender, religious, regional, professional or other, sectional divisions if its membership or leadership is restricted to members of any particular community, region, ethnic group, gender, religious faith or profession, or if its structure and mode of operation are not national in character
How do I register my political party ?
An application to register a political party will be named to the commission and will be accompanied with
** A copy of the constitution and the rules or regulations, if any, of the political party duly signed by the interim national chairman or leader and the interim national or general secretary of the party.
** The written names and addresses of its national officers. A full description of the identifying symbols, slogans, and colours, if any of the political party
** The registration fee and such other particulars as the commission may reasonably require.
Do I need to register my political party ?
** A political party should be registered and should pay in respect of the registration such as the Electoral Commission shall by constitutional instrument determined
** A political party will upon registration under this Act be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal, may sue and be sued in its corporate name, and shall have the power to acquire, hold, manage or dispose of movable or immovable property and enter into any contract or other transaction as any legal person
Will I receive a certificate of registration?
The commission will, not later than seven days after the receipt of the application, issue to the political party a provisional certificate of registration and shall cause a notice of the application to be published in the gazette after receipt, inviting objections from any person, concerning the name, aim, objects, constitution, rules, symbols, slogans and colours of the party.