Gov’t calls off national referendum

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The impending December 17th national referendum has been called off.

This update was announced by President Akufo-Addo Sunday December 1st 2019 evening.

The referendum, which was scheduled for December 17th 2019, was to allow an amendment of Article 55 (3) of the Constitution to enable political parties to sponsor candidates during local level elections.

The President has since asked the Local Government and Rural Development Minister, Hajia Alima Mahama to withdraw the Bills seeking to change Articles 55 (3) and 243 (1) from parliament.

Explaining the rationale for his decision, the President stated that that he came into office, nearly three years ago, with the firm conviction, emanating from the campaign and national discussions, that there was a national consensus for two important amendments to the country’s governance system, which would enhance its effectiveness and accountability – the reorganization of the country’s regional governance structure, and the potential involvement of political parties in local governance.

“I came away from that meeting with the view that there was consensus amongst us that the time had come for political parties to participate openly in district assembly elections and local governance,” he said.

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