The 2017 National Election writs will be issued in April, and 44 political parties will be endorsing candidates for the 111 seats in Parliament.
Dr Gelu said parties cannot be seen as operating out of hotel rooms or under the trees.
“In convention, political parties will also endorse their plans. Campaign plans would allow the political parties to have a clear plan on how they would approach the election. The campaign plans would include things such as the messages, policies, campaign schedules, finance, and so on.
“A party cannot call itself a party if it does not hold their party convention before and after an election.”
Dr Gelu said the registry has continuously reminded political parties to hold conventions but many established parties do not adhere to this call.
(Caption: Registrar of Political Parties Dr Alphonse Gelu. Picture by Charles Yapumi)