Some media reports suggest Mr. Rawlings has abandoned the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) he founded in 1992 to form a new political party called the National Democratic Party to rival it.
The reports add that the ex-president’s men have been travelling across the country with electoral commission party registration forms to collect the necessary signatures towards certification of the said NDP.
But Joy News checks at the EC reveal there is no such party on record.
The Electoral Commission has this year worked on four new political parties. The list does not include the National Democratic Party reported to have been formed.
The four parties known to the EC include Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom’s Progressive Peoples Party and the Unity Development System Party certified around the same time as the PPP. The third is the Independent Peoples Party or IPP whose founders are yet to go for their certificate which has been sitting at the EC offices for some time now. The fourth and final political party that has come to the attention of the EC this year is the Ghana Freedom Party or GFP and Joy News checks reveal it is proposed by a woman from the Ashanti Region.
This woman is not former first lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings or someone associated with the Rawlingses. Officials at the EC are empathic that the supposed National Democratic Party reported to have been formed by Mr. Rawlings is certainly not on their records