At a Press Conference summoned about two days ago on the launch of the Political Parties Registration C omission (PPRC) Annual Report at its Headquarters, OAU Drive, Tower Hill, the Registrar of the Commission, Abraham John, revealed quite a number of setbacks the commission is facing ranging from mobility and finance to put them on the right footing to the implementation of their planned programnmes ahead of 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections.
The Registrar further said that the enormous constraints faced by the PPRC are not new phenomenon since they are perennially under-resourced to implement most of their projects that will create an enabling environment for political process t to take place.
He also said that several months ago, the Commission highlighted the constraints with the media and other stakeholders. Paramount among these constraints is finance which, he said, is the hub of every activity the Commission wishes to undertake.
He added that owing to the importance of the PPRC, there is need for the provision of mobility to facilitate the movement of staff and ensure that their mandates are met before hand.
The Registrar said the office equally lacks the provision of other sets of equipment that are necessary to expedite their activities in the areas of coordination and mobilization of political parties to enhance an appreciable political process.
The late launch of PPRC’s Annual Report is as a result of the un-availability of adequate resources to enable the earlier publication of the report. Additionally, most of the vehicles owned by the Commission are in bad shape and repairs alone cannot keep them fit to stand the rigorous operation of the Commission.
The Registrar registered the poor compliance of political parties as provided for in the PPRC Act and the Constitution. He said that parties have not been able to submit their audited reports on time, adding that there is a lot of political intolerance within and among political parties which does not augur well for a democratic institution.
Reiterating the constraints facing the PPRC, the Finance Manager, Mr. Moses Senesie, said that the constraints range from varieties of issues out of which finance is primary to meet their administrative mandate. He said that as part of the requirement of the fiscal year, a budget was made, and what was subsequently produced by the Ministry of Finance was quite inadequate to measure up with what PPRC’s activities cover.
In the area of assistance to meet financial demands, Mr. Senesie said that the Commission has been receiving support from UNDP in terms of operations, and fortunately, they have just been told of a project about to start in 2011 which is to provide support to electoral cycle. The project will upon its successful processes, support the cover up of the operations of the Commission.
However, the content of the report that was launched on Wednesday speaks volumes of PPRC’s activities and programnmes initiated by the Commission. The report itself is divided into five main areas: the first part of the report talks about the political situation in the country as of 2010, part two talks about the mandate and functions of the Commission, the third part details with the activities implemented by the Commission in 2010, part four gives broad recommendation directed at state institutions and international agencies.
By Poindexter Sama