The general election is fast approaching and it’s important you know the comprehensive list of registered parties in Ghana. Not only that, but you should also know their logos, full names and slogans.
Currently, political parties in Ghana and their leaders operate under a period known a fourth Republic (from 1992 to present). The Fourth Republic began after the Third Republic period (1979-1981).
Ever since independence, some prominent politicians have led Ghana under various political parties. The major political parties employ catchy slogans that not only resonate with the electorate but also help in pushing their political agenda.
How Many Political Parties Do We Have In Ghana?
According to the Electoral Commission of Ghana, there 24 registered political parties in Ghana as of 2018.
Although Ghana operates a multiparty system, two political parties hold the majority of the nation’s support. These two parties are the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC). Power has constantly been rotating between these two dominant parties.
It has been a very serious challenge for anyone outside the two major political parties to make a notable political mark. However, there is a need for all Ghanaians to have knowledge of other registered political parties in Ghana as of 2019.
List of Registered Political Parties in Ghana 2019
- All People’s Congress (APC)
- Convention People’s Party (CPP)
- National Convention Party (NCP) – merged with PCP to reform CPP
- People’s Convention Party (PCP) – merged with NCP to reform CPP
- National Independence Party (NIP) – merged with PHP, forming PC
- People’s Heritage Party (PHP)- merged with NIP, forming PCP
- Democratic Freedom Party (DFP)
- Democratic People’s Party (DPP)
- Every Ghanaian Living Everywhere (EGLE Party)
- Ghana Democratic-Republican Party (GDRP)
- Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP)
- Ghana Freedom Party (GFP)
- Ghana National Party (GNP)
- Independent People’s Party (IPP)
- National Democratic Congress (NDC) – ruling party
- National Democratic Party (NDP)
- New Patriotic Party (NPP) – ‘Danquah/Busia’ tradition
- National Reform Party (NRP)
- New Vision Party (NVP)
- People’s National Convention (PNC)
- Progressive People’s Party (PPP)
- Reformed Patriotic Democrats (RPD)
- United Development System Party (UDSP)
- United Front Party (UFP)
- United Ghana Movement (UGM)
- United Love Party (ULP)
- United Renaissance Party (URP)
- Yes People’s Party (YPP)
- Ghana Redevelopment Party (GRP)
Political Parties in Ghana and Their Logos
Below is the list of political in Ghana and their logos.
Things You Should Know About Political Parties In Ghana
1. They are regulated under the Political Parties Act 574 which was passed in the year 2000. The Act clearly stipulated how politicians who wish to establish a political party can go about it, including information on how a party is registered, operated and funded.
2. Every Ghanaian citizen of voting age has the right to form or join a political party of his choice.
3. Speaking of ethics, would-be founders of political parties are barred from establishing a political party based on professional, gender, ethnic, regional, religious, or other sectional divisions. The use of symbols, words, or slogan that could trigger divisions is not permitted.
4. Restriction of leadership or membership to members of any particular ethnic group, religious faith, profession, or community, are not allowed as well.
5. Political parties in Ghana are registered by writing an application to the Electoral Commission of Ghana. The letter is usually submitted with the written names and addresses of the prospective party’s national officers, the registration fee, a full description of its slogans, colours, and symbols (if any) and other particulars that may be required by the commission.
6. A certificate of registration is usually issued to a political party, at least, seven days after the commission must have received its application.