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10-Jul-2012  
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The Electoral Commission of Ghana has denied speculations making the rounds that it has rejected the colours of the yet to be formed National Democratic Party (NDP).

According to the EC, it is still in the process of studying the details of all documents and particulars submitted by the NDP to them to be registered as a political party, but have not taken any decision on the colours of the party.

These speculations arose from the fact that the breakaway NDP party has the same colours of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) which is Black, Red, White and Green, raising eyebrows as to whether or not it is constitutionally accepted for two political parties to have the same colours.

Speaking to Citi News, the acting Director of Public Affairs of the Commission, Christian Owusu-Parry, indicated that “the Commission has not taken any decision on the colours of the party yet; there are processes that political parties go through before they are registered.”

He added: “What the NDP has done so far is that they have submitted application for registration of a political party. We have given them registration forms to go and complete and return to the Commission so when they return with the registration form, the Commission then would scrutinize the registration forms and all the other accompanying documents.

“It is only then that we can begin talking about colours of the party, so as at now no decision has been made on the colours of that party.”

Mr. Owusu-Parry was, however, quick to add that although the Commission has not as yet taken a decision on the colours of the NDP, it is against the Political Parties Code for different political parties to have the same colours, logos, emblems among others.

He indicated that “you cannot use the name of another party, you cannot use the colours of another party, you cannot also use the symbols or slogans of a registered political party. So it means that the Political Parties Act does not allow the use of other registered political parties logos, colours, symbols, names and any other thing that is associated with another registered political party.”
 
 
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