Updated: Oct 6, 2020
For the first time in the country's electoral history, aspirants in this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections will not physically pick nomination forms from the offices of the Electoral Commission (EC).
This is because the commission has decided to open the filing of nominations using its online portal.
The Chairperson of the EC, Mrs Jean Mensa, who announced this at the “Let the Citizens Know” series held in Accra yesterday, said the move was part of the safety protocols for curbing the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
"The nomination forms will be made available on our website and so candidates no longer have to come to pick up their forms at our offices before filing; they simply have to visit our websites and download them,” she said.
Additionally, she said, the guidelines for nominations would be available on the EC's website for political parties and candidates to access.
he did not state when nominations would open, except say that "we will communicate the official date for the filing of nominations shortly".
Per Ghana's electoral laws, aspirants seeking to contest parliamentary and presidential elections are required to file their nominations with the EC.
Over the years, the practice has been that aspirants or their representatives visit the offices of the EC at the district, regional or national levels to pick the nomination forms, which are completed and filed at a later date.
The atmosphere on such occasions is usually charged, as they are characterised by drumming, singing, dancing and sloganeering.
The latest move by the EC is a departure from the old order and implies that the euphoria and colour that come with the picking and filing of nomination forms will be absent.