Purpose Of The Act
Section 5 of the Act provides for provisional registration of a Political Party within 30 days of application for registration.
Conditions to be fulfilled under section 7 of the Act before issuance of provisional certificate are:-
Full registrations is issued under section 5(3) within one hundred and eighty days from the date of provisional registration on application by the party.
A political party that does not apply for full registration within the one hundred and eighty days after being issued with a provisional certificate shall lose its registration.
The Act recognizes and gives provision for the formation of coalitions and mergers.
Coalitions may be registered under section 10 of the Act either before or after elections. All coalition agreements entered into before elections bust be deposited with the Registrar at least three months prior to the said elections. A written coalition agreement must be registered with the Registrar.
All coalition agreements must contain the requirements laid down in the Third Schedule of the Act.
Mergers are allowed under section 11 of the Act. A political party may merge with another political party to form a new political party. A political party may also merge into another already registered political party. The decision must also be in writing and the same registered with the Registrar of Political Parties.
Political party constitutions must set out guidelines regarding coalitions and mergers in the event of their occurrence.
a) engage in or encourage violence by its members or supporters
b) engage in or encourage any kind of intimidation of opponents, any other person or any other political party;
c) engage in influence peddling, bribery or any other form of corruption;
Political parties dispute resolution which is applicable within the party. This must be exhausted before a party moves to the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal. A person may also forward a written complaint to the Registrar of Political parties who shall investigate the complaint and make decisions as he deems fit.
Alternatively, he/she may file a case before the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal for determination.
Any appeal against the decision of the Registrar is dealt with by the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal for determination.
Appeals against the decision of the Tribunal shall be made to the High Court. Any subsequent appeals shall lie to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court only on points touching the law (section 41(2).
Section 38- Political Parties Liaison Committee facilitates dialogue between the Registrar of Political Parties, the Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission and political parties.
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