Referendum: Seek redress in Court – MP hits back at critics



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Member of Parliament for Ahanta West in the Western Region and Vice Chairman for the legal, constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs in Parliament, Ebenezer Kojo Kum, have asked critics who have issues with the cancellation of the referendum to seek redress in Court.

President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, 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.

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).

“In this case, it had been long apparent that political parties were, in fact, actively involved in district assembly elections, despite their apparently non-partisan nature. The time had come to strip the process of its hypocrisy, and accept and work with the reality of party involvement,” Akufo-Addo said.

Explaining the basis 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.

The Member of Parliament made this statement while speaking to Ekourba Gyasi on Atinka FM’s AM Drive.

According to the Member of Parliament, the President has the mandate to instruct the local government Ministry to take appropriate steps in ensuring that the bill is withdrawn from parliament.

“If anyone feels the President does not have the mandate to direct the local Ministry 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) they should go to the Supreme Court to challenge the decision by the President”, he added.

Ghana | Atinkaonline.com | Vivian Adu Boatemaa