The electoral commissions of both Nigeria and Ghana have met in Lagos to further the aims of the two countries to exchange ideas relating to their political, social and economic development.
GV Senate building in Lagos.
SV INTERIOR Chairman of the Ghana Electoral Commission Mr. Justice Kingsley speaking in English, and seated on right of Chief Michael Ani, Chairman of the Federal Electoral Commission of Nigeria.
IYENAH:"Our commission over in Ghana has just completed registering political parties. And although this is a little frightening I am not going to ask you to fasten your seat belts; we have been left with 19 political parties registered. I know 19, one-nine, as opposed to your five, which is manageable. But there is this to remember. My commission has been in existence for 11 years, and very soon, next month or thereabout, we shall be celebrating in a fitting manner our eleventh anniversary. So a problem such as this really poses Commission of Ghana. We are right on top of the problem, it is not on top of us. So don't be frightened on our behalf. We will manage it, we will mange it well enough, because we are hoping from what we heard, and from what little we saw before we came over that there will be mergers, and since this political race is an almighty marathon race, a cross-country race, stamina and staying power will tell and I can assure you that a lot of the parties that are registered have not that staying power that will see them to the tape at the end."
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Background: The electoral commissions of both Nigeria and Ghana have met in Lagos to further the aims of the two countries to exchange ideas relating to their political, social and economic development. The Chairman of the Nigerian Federal Electoral Commission Chief Michael Ani said the two countries wish to help each other towards a smooth transfer of power from military to civil control. The Chairman of the Ghana Electoral Commission Mr. Justice Kingsley Iyenah told the meeting that the elections in his country in June this year (1979) are expected to elect both a house of Parliament and a President. Since Ghana lifted its ban on political parties last year a number of parties have sought registration for the elections.
SYNOPSIS: The Senate building in Lagos, where Mr. Justice Iyenah spoke of the proliferation of parties in Ghana.