Local Assembly, Unit Committee elections still holds Dec 17 – EC



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Dr. Siribuo Quarcoo, Director of elections at the Electoral Commission (EC), has refuted rumors suggesting that the entire elections has been cancelled due to the suspension of the referendum by the Akufo-Addo led administration.

The EC was making provisions to organise three separate elections on December 17 including the referendum which sought to seek the approval of Ghanaians to amend Article 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution to allow political parties to sponsor candidates for the local assembly elections.

President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, however, called off the holding of the Referendum of 17th December, 2019, citing the lack of a broad, national consensus amongst key stakeholders and the populace on Sunday 1st December 2019.

The President has since instructed the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama, MP, who is spearheading the process, on behalf of government, to abort the process, and see to the withdrawal of the bills for the amendment of the Constitution, both in respect of article 243(1) and article 55(3).

Speaking on Atinka FM’s AM Drive with host Ekourba Gyasi, Director of elections at the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr. Siribuo Quarcoo, stated that even though the referendum has been withheld, the Electoral Commission will conduct two elections consisting of Assembly Members and Unit Committee Members on 17th December 2019.

He noted that the elections of the Assembly Members and the Unit Committee Members forms part of the critical core of the country’s decentralisation process.

“They help in exercising political and administrative authority in the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies, provide guidance, give direction to, and supervise the other administrative authorities in local assemblies,” he added.

The President has since instructed the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama, MP, who is spearheading the process, on behalf of government, to abort the process, and see to the withdrawal of the bills for the amendment of the Constitution, both in respect of article 243(1) and article 55(3).

Asked whether the withdrawal of the referendum affected the EC in any way, Dr. Siribuo Quarcoo, responded in the affirmative adding that the EC had already printed ballot papers for the referendum.

He added that the commission has, however, made changes to the promotional videos to educate Ghanaians on the update.

Ghana | Atinkaonline.com | Vivian Adu Boatemaa