The Electoral Commission of Ghana has confirmed March 3, 2015 as the new date for the District Assembly election. The EC initially scheduled the election for October 2014, but postponed it due to the untimely release of funds to the EC for the election. The Unit Committee election also is scheduled for the same date.
Prospective contestants may obtain nomination forms at the District Office of the Commission or from the Deputy Returning Officers (Special Duties) in the electoral areas, the Electoral Commission has advised in a statement signed by Mr Amadu Sulley EC Deputy Chairman in Charge of Operations.
Nominations for the District Assembly Elections would be taken on Saturday, December 20 and Sunday, December 21 2014, from 0800 hours to 1200 noon and 1300 hours to 1700 hours each day. The EC therefore directs that all duly completed nomination forms should be submitted to the Deputy Returning Officers on the dates set aside as nomination days.
The District Assembly elections are key aspect of Ghana’s local government institution. According to the Local Government Law, Act 462 of 1993, a candidate seeking election to a District Assembly Unit Committee shall personally appear before the electorate as an individual, and shall not use any symbol associated with a political party. Similarly, no political party shall endorse, sponsor, offer a platform to or in any other way campaign for or against a candidate seeking election to a District Assembly or to a lower local government unit.