The Electoral Commission (EC) has officially given a Provisional Certificate for the newly formed Ghana Union Movement (GUM) founded by the well-known Reverend Christian Kwabena Andrews, popularly known as Osofo Kyiri Abosom.
The presentation of the Provisional Certificate came after the EC confirmed that GUM had submitted its application for consideration as a fully-fledged political party.
Giving out the Provisional Certificate to GUM’s leader, Reverend Christian Kwabena Andrews, Serebour Quaicoe, the Director of Electoral Services indicated that the EC had confirmed all the documents provided by the party hence the issuance of the Provisional certificate.
According to him, GUM had presented its constitution, logo or symbol, colours and slogan to the EC for verification and that the Commission after going through all the processes, confirmed the documents to be genuine.
The new party, Ghana Union Movement, has as its slogan “Arise for Development”.
The movement’s symbol has a logo which shows the fist of a man against two hands with the name and motto of the movement boldly written around it. It has red, yellow and white as its colours.
Serebour Quaicoe said all the details of the party had been forwarded to the EC where it was transferred to the regions where vetting was done by the regional offices of the Commission.
“After all that, we can say the party had so far satisfied all the requirements,” he said.
The EC Director of Electoral Services took the leaders of GUM through election processes and the contents of a Pink Sheet and how it was impossible for a political party to manipulate the system.
He challenged Rev. Andrews and his people to work in truth and abide by the laws governing elections in Ghana. “Don’t try to be smart,” he said.
He also advised the party to ensure that it creates District, Regional and National offices where its presence would be felt.
He explained that creating offices across the country is a Constitutional requirement which every political party must fulfil in order to get final Certificate.
Reverend Andrews gave the assurance that the party would always ensure that due processes are followed in their operations and that their engagement with the EC was far advanced that it is expected to complete the final certification processes shortly.
Reverend Andrews said the movement was serious about its decision to contest the 2020 presidential race and so would speed up with all arrangements to establish District and Regional offices across the country.
Rev. Andrews said the ideology of the movement was to revisit the developmental agenda of Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, which focused on massive industrialization across the country to propel national development.