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Ayariga’s APC receives final cert

Hassan Ayariga’s All People’s Congress (APC) on Friday April 22, became the 25th political party to receive final certification from the Electoral Commission (EC).

The APC will contest the November 7 presidential and parliamentary polls.

The 2012 presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC) formed the APC after losing the PNC’s flagbearership contest to Dr Edward Mahama.

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The APC received its provisional certificate from the EC on Wednesday February 10, at the election management body’s headquarters in Accra.

Meanwhile, a Political Science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Dr Edward Brenya, has said most of the smaller parties are seen as appendages of the two main political parties in the country.

Speaking on the Executive Breakfast Show on Class 91.3fm the same day, Dr Brenya described the trend as unfortunate and added that the country will not see a third political force emerge because all the small parties have been compromised by the NPP and NDC.

“Dr Nduom, Ivor, and others unfortunately look as if they have accepted themselves as appendages of the two political parties (NDC, NPP),” he told host Ekow Mensah-Shalders.

“When they are dealing with issues, it is either: ‘NPP says this’, and it’s either Kwesi Nduom or others supporting. You do not see those people projecting themselves as a third force…You do not see that.

“It is like they have accepted and many of them seem to be waiting for the opportunity where they will be called upon to come and assist one of these political parties, so that they can win the elections; that is the unfortunate thing. I think at this point, they have to go big. They have to prepare themselves as possible governments in the future,” he added.

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