On 27th July 2015, OccupyGhana wrote to the Electoral Commissioner to demand information with regard and specific reference to section 14 of the Political Parties Act, 2000 (Act 547),
which requires political parties that participate in general and by-elections to submit statements of assets and liabilities, and of expenditure, before and after each election, as the case may be.
In our letter we asked the following questions:
1. Whether each of the political parties that participated in the last general election, submitted to the Commission, within 21 days before the election, a statement of their respective assets and liabilities; and if so, which parties complied, and on what dates?
2. Whether each of the political parties that participated in the last general election, submitted to the Commission, within 6 months after that election, respective detailed statements of all expenditure incurred for that election; and if so, which parties complied, and on what dates?
3. If the statements were filed, whether they were supported by statutory declarations made by the respective general or national secretaries and national treasurers.
This demand for information is backed by our right to information under article 21(1)(f) of the Constitution which states that “All persons shall have the right to information, subject to such qualifications and laws as are necessary in a democratic society.”
As Ghanaians who believe in the rule of law, OccupyGhana hopes that the Electoral Commission will provide to us and all Ghanaians the information we seek, to ascertain whether the political parties that lead, and seek to lead, this country are complying with the basic requirements of, and are in good standing with, our electoral laws.
Yours in the service of occupying minds for God and Country
For further information please contact Ing. Nana Sarpong Agyeman-Badu, OccupyGhana® Media Relations by replying to this email, or on +233 264771508 or email@example.com.