Political parties have been given up to February 13 to submit to the Electoral Commission their returns and audited accounts for 2017/218 to do so by February 13.
According to the EC chairperson, EC Jean Mensa, the Commission had noted that the number of audited accounts received to date fell short of the international standards.
At a press conference on Wednesday, the EC chair in a speech red on her behalf said the parties must abide by the directive given.
The presser was held to outline key decisions taken at the end of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) Meeting.
Present at the meeting were representatives of registered political parties, development partners and a number of civil society organisations (CSOs).
Also, present were senior officers of the Commission.
Discussions held at the meeting included
the 2018 referendum on the creation of six new regions, the Ayawaso West Wuogon Parliamentary by-election, and the 2019 District Level Elections (DLE) and the referendum on the election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).
They also discussed updates on Representative of the People’s Amendment Act (ROPAA), the inspection of offices of political parties and the Level of Compliance by the political parties with respect to their 2017/2018 Audited Accounts.
According to the EC, the DLE and the referendum to amend Article 55(3), which would allow for the election of MMDCEs on partisan basis, would be held on the same day.
“Ahead of the referendum, the EC has drafted a Constitutional Instrument to regulate the referendum. This will be discussed with the Attorney-General’s Department and hopefully laid before this session of Parliament.”